Watching Movies: A Guide to Video Review Sources

Don Julien (Head librarian of the Lake Hills Library, King County Library System)
Beverly Owen (Media specialist for the King County Library System, overseeing both the video collection and the film library)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Publication date: 1 January 1986


The widespread commercial videocassette market has opened to the world and to libraries a grab bag of viewing choices. Library response to the feast has varied throughout the country, resulting in different emphases from collection to collection. One is the educational or cultural collection, intended not for recreational viewing but for specific training or general self‐development. Another is the esoteric collection of tapes generally produced for mass‐market consumption but not readily available through commercial outlets. This type of collection emhasizes film classics, classic television series, and how‐to‐do‐its. A third is the entertainment collection, composed primarily of mass‐marketed features and shorts. Each approach has its special problems in following the videocassette industry and finding reviews.


Julien, D. and Owen, B. (1986), "Watching Movies: A Guide to Video Review Sources", Collection Building, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 10-13.

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