Media Collection Development, Policies, & Equipment Management:
Philip Bahr, Reference & Media Librarian, (203) 254-4000 ext. 4206
Sylvia Hurlburt, Media/Reserves Assistant, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2234
Deborah Gwiazdowski, Library Assistant - Collection Development, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2186
Media Department, General:
Media Service Desk, Main Level, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2462
About the Media Department
The Media Department at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library manages non-print library materials. Not to be confused with the Fairfield University Media Center, in Xavier Hall, the Media Department loans and provides access to a wide range of media materials, from music CDs to DVDs. Students interested in borrowing videos and other media items should inquire at any desk on the first floor. Students interested in borrowing media equipment should instead inquire at the Media Center's equipment circulation department, or AMES, at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2593. Faculty interested in having films digitized for streaming should contact Computing and Networking Services (C&NS).
The DiMenna-Nyselius Library houses a growing collection of media materials, including DVDs, music CDs, and VHS tapes. DVDs, VHS tapes and music CDs are located in a browsing-friendly location on the Library's Lower Level. DVDs and VHS tapes are shelved to your left as you enter the Media Department, and are interfiled by Library of Congress Call Numbers. Music CDs are shelved against the wall to your right. You may choose to look up an item in the online Library Catalog (a Guide to Locating Media is available) or simply browse the shelves. At one time, authorized borrowers (see the Media Borrowing Privileges and Loan Periods policy) may borrow up to 3 music CDs for 7 days, and up to 2 feature films and 2 documentaries for a 7-day period. Selections should be carried upstairs to the Circulation Desk on the Main Level to be checked out in the same way that books are checked out. Media materials that are reserved for a course can be obtained at the Reserve desk on the Main Level.
Recommend a Purchase for the Library
Fairfield University affiliated faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to use the Recommend a Purchase for the Library form to recommend media materials for the library's collection. Suggestions will be evaluated considering quality and relevance to the curriculum.
Equipment and Facilities
For Persons with Disabilities (on a dedicated PC with headphones):
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Kurzweil 1000
- Kurzweil Reading Edge Machine
- Canon DR-2850C Scanner
- About the Library's Adaptive Equipment
For group viewing (2 or more people):
3 group study rooms, each equipped with a television set, a DVD player, and a VCR. Only the TV in room 314 is wired for cable. A room must be reserved at the Circulation or Media desk, or over the phone by calling extension 2462.
For individual viewing (up to 2 people, library-provided headphones):
- 4 cable-ready television sets
- 11 Region One DVD players (U.S. standard)
- 1 Region-Free DVD player
- 16 VHS/Super VHS VCRs
- 1 multi-standard VCR
For group listening (2 or more people):
3 group study rooms, each equipped with a double-deck audiocassette player. Group study rooms are not equipped with CD players, though a special request can be made in advance. Only Room 314 is equipped with speakers (it also has an antenna for radio reception); headphones must be used in the other two rooms. A room must be reserved at the Circulation or Media desk, or by phone at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2462.
For individual listening (up to 2 people, library-provided headphones):
- 3 CD players
For computer multimedia (1 person, optional headphones):
- 3 multimedia Windows computer, 1 with DVD player.
- 4 microfilm/microfiche reader-printers
- 5 microfilm/microfiche viewers
- 1 microcard/microprint reader-printer
Borrowing & Other Policies
- Media Borrowing Privileges and Loan Periods
- Services for Persons With Disabilities
- Videorecording Viewing Policy
- Copyright Policy
- Faculty Holds
- Group Study Reservations
- Media Collection Development Policy
- Guide to Locating Media (PDF)