The Multimedia Collection is the portion of the Library that deals with audio-visual formats, microforms, and the equipment necessary to use these materials. It has traditionally been a full-service desk in the library, with its own staff and student workers. In the aftermath of staff losses due to Hurricane Katrina, we have folded these responsibilities into the duties of everyone working at the Public Services Desk (PSD) on the first floor. We have also changed how we access the collection. Some types of materials have been moved to the PSD for faster service. Other formats remain secured in room 320 and are available only with the help of staff members. Still others, primarily the microforms, are open for self-service.
CDs & DVDs
These are the most popular items in the Multimedia Collection, so they have been moved to the Public Services Desk on the first floor for easy retrieval by staff and quick return by the patrons. All of these items are included in our online catalog, iLink, so begin your search there. Be aware that CDs include not only music, but also some that accompanied books. These were separated from the books and filed under the LC call number. If you see a book in the catalog and a separate listing for a compact disk in the title, ask for the disk at the Public Services Desk.
The UNO Library has a collection of over 2 million microforms, which are microfilm, microfiche, and opaque microcards. Most of these are stored in the Multimedia Collection in room 320, while others reside in the Government Documents area. Many newspaper and journal backfiles, as well as large collections of research materials are available in microfilm roll, microfiche, or microprint formats. Machines are available to the public for reading and printing most of these materials. Although Government Documents house their own microfiche, patrons may bring them to Multimedia for reading/printing purposes.
ERIC microfiche documents are in cabinets clearly labeled with inclusive document numbers. To find the microfilm rolls you need, follow the instructions on our Microfilm Handout. You will usually have to consult the little card catalog, located to the left as you enter the room, to determine what cabinet and drawer contain your rolls. We also have guides to specific microfilm collections you may find useful.
The library has over 400 VHS videocassettes in its collection. Just as CDs have affected the use of the vinyl record collection, so DVDs are replacing videotapes as circulating items. Nevertheless these remain a useful resource. Videos of the UNO telecourses are included in the Reserve collection. To checkout these and other videos you may need from our collection, ask at the Public Services Desk on the first floor.
Vinyl Record Collections
Although the use of these items has declined markedly with the advent of CDs, these collections include many prized recordings not available in other formats. These items do not circulate, but we do have turntables patrons can use to listen to them in the back of the Multimedia Collection (room 320) on the third floor. Patrons must ask the staff at the Public Services Desk on the first floor to obtain these recordings and the headphones necessary to listen to them. We have six separate collections:
- "Regular" collection, most of which is included in our online catalog. Patrons may also use the large card file, located to the right as they enter room 320, to find the artists, albums, and individual songs they are looking for.
- The Nozaki Collection, with over 700 titles, mostly jazz. You may search this online guide (PDF | MSWord) to find items from this collection, or use the printed one in the Multimedia Collection.
- The Noble Collection, over 1800 recordings, mostly jazz and vocalists. You may search this online guide (PDF | MSWord) to find items from this collection, or use the printed one in the Multimedia Collection.
- The Palmisano Collection, featuring over 1400 recordings, primarily Broadway and movie musicals before 1990. You may search this online guide (PDF) to find items from this collection, or use the printed one in the Multimedia Collection.
- The Coker Collection, with over 700 recordings; mostly jazz but some classical. You may search this online guide (PDF) to find items from this collection, or use the printed one in the Multimedia Collection.
- The Von der Haar Collection, with over 3000 recordings; mostly classical with an emphasis on opera recordings. You may search this online guide (PDF) to find items from this collection, or use the printed one in the Multimedia Collection.
UNO Theses & Dissertations
A few UNO dissertations, theses, and masters reports that have an attached multimedia component, such as a video or CD, are located in the Multimedia Collection. They can be checked out like any other circulating copy of a UNO thesis or dissertation. The only difference is that the staff at the Public Services Desk must retrieve them for you. These are identifed in the online catalog by the following phrase in the "Location" field: "Ask at Public Services Desk (1st Floor)" .
We have all of the equipment necessary to use our multimedia items right in the Multimedia Collection. Microfilm reader/printers, CD players, DVD players, videocassette players, audio tape players, an opaque card reader, and turntables are all located in the equipment room behind room 320; just follow the "Listening & Viewing Equipment" signs. All items that create sound need to be used with a headphone. Many of the headphones used for other devices, such as IPODS, may work with our equipment. You may also obtain appropriate headphones at the Public Services Desk. If you have any questions about using the equipment or finding an item, you can use the courtesy phone to call the Public Services Desk (dial "3-6355").