Film, Video, & Equipment
Multi-Media Services seeks to facilitate and enhance educational communication by providing materials in subject matter and formats that support and enrich the Institute's curriculum. The extensive collection of 16mm film, as well as DVDs, and 1/2" videotapes (VHS) can be viewed on the Library's lower level. Screening rooms are also available through Multi-Media Services. The DVD, video and film collection can be searched in the Library's online catalog PrattCat.
See the Multi-Media Services page for borrowing hours & locations.
While there are over 4,000 16mm films, only about 300 have been processed and cataloged on PrattCat to date. Patrons are welcome to come into the MMS main office and browse a written catalog of all the titles. 16mm films do not circulate but patrons are welcome to schedule a viewing online (Room Reservation Request Form) for individuals or classes. Reservations are made on a first come/first served basis.
MMS has about 4,000 VHS and DVD titles, most of which are available for overnight circulation. Students, faculty and staff may check out up to two titles. Students may check out items for three days, faculty and staff may check out items for seven days. All items are to be returned ½ hour prior to the office closing on the day that they are due. All VHS & DVD items must be returned to the Multi-Media Services desk located on the lower level of the library. Items should never be placed in the overnight drop box outside of the library.
MMS seeks films and videos relevant to the Pratt community’s academic needs, relaxation, as well as general intellectual and artistic development of the student body. Members of the Pratt community are welcome to suggest additions to the collection by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Preference is given to purchasing titles that will be used regularly in classes.
In addition to browsing the collection in Prattcat, there is a browsing bin in the main MMS office which contains copies of DVD jackets for patrons to browse through. The organization of the browsing bins was designed to enable members of the Pratt community to select videos based on specific academic and artistic goals, and better enable students and faculty to find titles related to their work and studies. It is not intended to replicate traditional categories or other searches that can be produced through PrattCat. Instead it is intended to provide an additional means of browsing/searching based on the frequent reference requests MMS has received and the syllabi of classes that require video viewing.
Certain titles that are particularly expensive and some duplicate copies are designated non-circulating. Non-circulating titles may be used for class viewing. Professors should submit a request by email email@example.com or come by to make viewing arrangements. Individual students and staff are also welcome to view non-circulating titles in-house at the MMS main office.
Professors may place their own copies of videos on reserve for in-house viewing by their students. And they may request that MMS titles be placed on reserve for in-house viewing only for a maximum of two weeks. Please come by the MMS main office or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Multi-Media Services also has a small number of laserdiscs, 8mm films, and CDs which are available for viewing/listening. CDs circulate and are subject to the same policies as DVDs. Laserdisks and 8mm require special equipment setup please contact email@example.com to ask about viewing.
Currently MMS offers some limited dubbing and transfer services to assist staff, faculty and students with copying and converting their own work. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding this service or to set up a drop-off appointment.
MMS provides equipment loans to the Institute from the Equipment Loan Office (Library Lower Level). This equipment is intended to provide students and faculty with the means to document projects, make presentations, and produce work. Students, faculty and staff can check out AV equipment including:
- Mac Minis
- Digital Projectors
- Slide Projectors
- Digital Audio Recorders
- Still Cameras
- Video Cameras (Flash HD)
- Speaker Kits
- Photo Lights
Equipment generally circulates for one business day. Reservations are highly recommended. Three items may be borrowed at a time. The borrower must show up in person to get the equipment. Exceptions to these policies for projects must be made at least one week in advance by submitting a request to email@example.com or stopping by the Equipment Loan Office and filling in a form. Special requests are granted based on availability of the equipment and are less likely at the end of semesters when equipment is in high demand.
The Higgins Circulation Office also offers cart based equipment loans for faculty to use in unequipped spaces.
See Multi-Media Services' Equipment Circulation for borrowing hours, locations and policies.