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Instructional Media and Technology Services

Identifier: BC05-13

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of materials from the office files of Christina Bickford, Director of Media Services. The materials cover the development of Audiovisual Services and Media Services, precursors to Instructional Media and Technology Services, at Barnard College. Materials include development plans for improving media services at Barnard; Annual Reports; inventories of collections held by Media Services; architectural and audiovisual plans for the Language Laboratory, Sloate Media Center, and Diana Center; NEH Challenge Grant materials; and Media Services correspondence with professors and other library staff.

This collection also consists of materials that give a history of the Barnard Library, such as Barnard Alumnae Magazine articles and other articles.

The collection includes materials through only May 2011 as materials from IMATS have not yet been accrued.

This collection also includes a CD of video files in Box 4 that is not transferred.


  • Creation: 1951-2011



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

In 1979, and Audiovisual Services department of the Barnard Library was created to provide audiovisual equipment for classroom use and to videotape lectures. The department also began to purchase and house media materials for instructional use, so in 1982 the name was changed to Media Services. In 2011, Media Services, Educational Technology, and Audiovisual consolidated into one unit as Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS).


1.67 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)

2.69 Gigabytes (9 video files)




This collection consists of materials from Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS).

Collection Arrangement

The records are arranged in eleven series. Each series is arranged chronologically. The series arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series 1, Development plans and self-studies, 1975-2005
Series 2, Annual Reports, 1978-2011
Series 3, Barnard Library history, 1951-2007
Series 4, Media Services collections, 1991-1995
Series 5, Librarian and faculty handbooks, 1975-1979
Series 6, Archives Transfer Project, 1991-1995
Series 7, Language Laboratory, 1986-1997
Series 8, Sloate Media Center, 1998-2006
Series 9, NEH Challenge Grant, 2007
Series 10, Audiovisual plans for Diana Center, 2004-2010
Series 11, General Correspondence, 1976-2008

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Some Media Services correspondence transferred by Micael Elmore in 2015. The acquisition date and source of the rest of the material is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Alice Griffin in July 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

  • Greek Games history
  • Birdie Goldsmith Ast Resource Collection inventory and brochure from the BCRW
  • Inventory of collection in Teacher's College Archives
Guide to Instructional Media and Technology Services Records
Alice Griffin
© 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States