In using collections and archives the following general advice is useful:
Costs: There may be a cost attached to viewing or copying material. It is a good idea to check how much this will be before committing yourself to using a film or recording and build that into your research budget.
Training: While larger organisations have well developed systems and technology to enable viewing, smaller archives and collections may not. You might, for example, be expected to use or be familiar with old formats e.g. 16mm film. Training in using older formats may be necessary.
Copyright: In general using moving image and sound for private research and study will not raise issues of copyright. However, where material is to be viewed by others, for example if material is to be shown to participants in a survey or experiment to gauge responses, permission will have to be sought. If you are in any doubt you are advised to check with the Library Copyright Advisor (Rachel Geeson, email LibSupp@bournemouth.ac.uk.
Access to film material is provided in two ways. The Library will buy commercially produced films that are requested by staff and students, and are judged to have a direct relevance to teaching and research. These are listed on the Library Catalogue.
There is no system similar to our Inter-Library Loans service for moving image and sound, purchasing is the only practicable route to obtaining ‘current’ material. A second route to obtaining feature films and other commercial material is to record them off-air (see the following pages).