Libraries have always collected material objects other than books. Motion pictures are one of the dominant features of the contemporary social and cultural landscape. Until recently, there existed no discrete volume to help librarians make sense of how their principal material form ought to be integrated into library services.
I’ve tried to meet this need with my book, Cataloging and Managing Film and Video Collections, published by the American Library Association. Though primarily a cataloguing guide, it also attempts to explain the technical features of optical discs, and provides information about the practical, intellectual, artistic and dramatic features of contemporary film production.