Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Media characteristics and environmental requirements




























































































































Private medium



Number of users



Requires equipment



Requires light control



Requires room control



Makes sound



Utilized in one sitting



Carrel beneficial



Requires room



Printed page



1



No



No



No



No



No



No



No



Microforms



1



Yes



No



No



No



No



Yes



No



Slides or filmstrips (silent)



1


Group



Yes


Yes



No


No



No


No



No


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


Yes



No


No



Slides or filmstrips (sound)



1


Group



Yes


Yes



No


Yes



No


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


No



No


Yes



Audio recording disk and tape



1


Group



Yes


Yes



No


No



No


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


No



No


Yes



Motion picture film (sound)



1


Group



Yes


Yes



No


Yes



No


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


No



No


Yes



Television



1


Group



Yes


Yes



No


No



No


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


Yes



Yes


No



No


Yes



Flat visuals (e.g. map, charts, pictures)



1

Group



Yes


Yes



No


No



No


No



No


No




Yes


Yes



No

No



No

No



Overhead transparencies



Group



Yes



No



No



No



Yes



No



Yes



Computers



1

Group



Yes


Yes



No


No



No


No



Yes/No

Yes/No



Yes/No


Yes/No



Yes

No



No

No


Cabeceiras, James. “The Multimedia Library: Materials Selection and Use.” 3rd ed. San Diego: Academic Press, 1991.

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