The Media Front Desk is often the first point of contact for Santa Rosa Junior College students, faculty, and staff. Students may access a variety of media in the library as arranged for specific class assignments or by special request of their instructors. Room reservations are also accepted here for classes, meetings, and instructor approved study groups on the 1st floor of Doyle Library. Please read over the various services offered below.
Fall 2017 Update: VHS Collection Preservation Project
- Who is affected: Faculty who use VHS tapes in the classroom
- What is going on: Media Services is currently supporting the VHS Preservation Project to digitize media on aging VHS tapes.
- Why now: Industry experts state that the average lifespan of a VHS tape is 10 years; moreover, VCRs are no longer being manufactured. Most tapes in our VHS collection are well beyond that. These aging tapes are failing in the classroom, and we will soon lack supported playback devices, so Media Services has begun its process to dub and digitize.
- When: The first batches of purchased VHS-replacement DVDs were completed and processed over summer 2017. Any titles which were not attainable commercially were sent to Memnon to be digitized using professional archival standards. As of September 2017, fewer than 70 titles are still being processed and temporary unavailable for checkout. The preservation project is ongoing with an expected completion of December 2017.
- Media Services is here to support your instructional needs, so if you have any questions about our Media Preservation Project or have departmental VHS tapes in need of conversion, please contact email@example.com or call x7927!
Replacing or Preserving Department-Owned Collections
Given the high volume of VHS tapes being queued up for conversion, please prioritize your tape dubbing needs. If you plan an upcoming use for a particular tape, place it at the top of your pile and partner with Media Services for the conversion process.
Keep in mind that tapes have a limited shelf life. We can help identify whether a digital copy is available for purchase, or if there is newer digital content available to support your instructional needs.
By the end of 2017 Media Services can no longer guarantee service or support for VCR players. We want to help convert unique and critical tapes and related teaching materials owned by your department.
Processing Details: Please allow for at least 2-3 weeks to carefully handle your conversion. Requests will be added to the queue and processed as they are received. For quality purposes with limited staffing, we cannot accommodate quick turn-around requests. Please drop off your VHS at our department in Doyle Library 1st floor well in advance of anticipated needs!
Playability: Tapes converted to DVD will be playable in standalone DVD and Blu-ray players, as well as via the optical drive in classroom PCs. We recommend playback using VLC Media Player. (In some instances Windows Media Player will require additional codecs or steps to playback.) All district computers should have the VLC media player installed—look for the orange-striped cone icon. Feel free to call the tech hotline at x4771 for media help in the classroom!
MEDIA REQUEST LISTS
Instructors are encouraged to turn in media requests list for items they would like to borrow. Turning in a request list allows staff to help determine both the availability of items ahead of time. Request lists should contain the following information:
- Media Title
- Intended receive date
- Intended return date
SUBMITTING REQUESTS LISTS
Please use this form to submit your media requests for pickup at the front desk in Doyle library. Alternatively, you may email media request lists to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ideal request list will contain the following bits of information:
- Pick up date & return date
- Title of media
- Call number of media (e.g. VD-xx,xxx)
Instructors also have the ability to place media items On Reserve for their students. Media Services saves On Reserve items in a separate drawer as a way of ensuring easy access to the student. A good time to place an item On Reserve is when an instructor would like to have their whole class watch a film. Our department also offers Viewing Receipts as a way of confirming the student did in fact borrow the film.
SUBMITTING ON RESERVE ITEMS
Please forward all On Reserve requests to email@example.com or 524-1614.
Locally Produced Content
On-campus lectures and seminars are also available for student and staff viewing. The series most often taped include Art & Lectures, Work of Literary Merit, and Environmental Forums. These items are usually available approximately 10 working days after the event date.
Unfortunately, the former website hosting the archives link is no longer available. If you would like help finding material, please see the Research Desk on the 2nd floor of the Doyle Library or visit the following link: https://libraries.santarosa.edu/rap
Who can use our services?
Loan policies vary depending on the individual making the request. Students are expected to have a valid SRJC ID prior to checking out headphones or DVDs. Although college staff and faculty may take home media items, students are required to view materials at the on-site viewing stations.
|DVDs||In library viewing only||Circulating|
|Audio CDs||Circulating- 2nd floor Doyle Library||Circulating- 2nd floor Doyle Library|
|Instructional (projectors, camcorders, microphones, recording tools)||Not for student use||Circulating|
|Lecture Series DVDs (LDs)||In library viewing only||Circulating|
We no longer have the staffing required for on campus deliveries. Please pick up all media from the Media Circulation Desk on the ground floor. If communicated ahead of time, you may designate a student to pick up media from the service desk.
You may reach the Media Services circulation desk at 527-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org