The State Film and Video Library Closure

This is to inform you that on the 11th December 2009 the State Film and Video Library will be disbanded and cease to be a separate lending collection and all memberships will be closed.

Although memberships will be closed you will still have access to film through your local public library as an inter library loan. Film can still be viewed at the State Library and screening programmes such as the Wednesday Matinee will continue. Film will also still be collected in its many formats and added to the Library’s collections where appropriate. The collection of Western Australian film remains a key focus for the State Library.

A review of the State Film and Video Library, declining use over a number of years and our new collection development policy has led to this decision.

4 thoughts on “The State Film and Video Library Closure

  1. This is disappointing news. Going through inter library loan to public libraries would mean a long wait between requesting on Libraries Australia, via SLWA, and then on to the public library. It was easier to pick up from ALB before, and now wouldn’t be worth the wait.
    How was the decision made to distribute the subject matter to public libraries – ie were all the videos on business given to Joondalup, and ones on wine went to Midland or Margaret River? Or were they just divided up between all the public libraries?

    Were there any titles not suited to public libraries – ie specialised subject matter such as law or criminology/prisons, and if so, would any of these be offered to special libraries?

  2. Is this why nearly 6000 “non archival” 16mm films have been put out to tender?

    Perhaps if the resource had been more widely publicised and digitised, it may have been more used. We use nearly all US-archival content, because they have digitised it and made it available through whereas in Australia we have to pay to get access and even after digitising, the content is not made freely available to the public as it is in the US.

    Isn’t there a chance that all this content will now just end up rotting in a warehouse, or worse – getting destroyed if there are no takers with the tender?

  3. It is sad that LISWA has decided to no longer provide this resource of what is a uniquecollection. What policy decisions are there on which items are to be kept and what film is to be ‘sold’ as it would be interesting to see which films are now in the out tray? How is it that the films have got into this state of degradation and neglect and that this is now the excuse to remove them from the collection.
    What a shame there has been no policy of online digitisation where content can be viewed or rsearched.

    • Prior to the decision being made a review of the SFVL was undertaken. As part of that review a lengthy consultation process was conducted before the final report was approved by the State Library Board. The SFVL collection was experiencing declining loan statistics and the stock was deteriorating over many years.

      Some of the original collection will be retained: material that has been identified as WA heritage material will be kept as part of our Battye Library Collection. The material that will be discarded is material which is in poor condition and will be available by tender.

      Any further material that is not WA heritage, in good condition and fits within our collecting parameters will be retained by State Library and will be available for lending via interlibrary loan via our public library partners or direct interlibrary loan for corporate and special libraries.

      We thank you all for your feedback and hope this addresses your concerns.

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