Bowker's Complete Video Directory
Video Source Book
Although these first two should overlap completely, they don't. You need
OCLC WorldCat (actually the most complete source)
Video Librarian index of past reviews
Basically, if you can't find it there, it probably isn't available.
WorldCat is the true secret weapon, because it carries the history -- who
used to distribute it, who distributed it most recently, home video vs.
public performance versions, and which libraries own it. I often go
directly to the library and ask where they bought it.
Then if all else fails, I use this listserv. Sometimes a title is just
being released on video or another librarian has made an exhaustive search
for an out-of-print title. There's no other good way to find out that
kind of information except here. -- Kris
On Mon, 16 Jul 2001, Kevin Furniss wrote:
> Hello again, everyone,
> Given my previous enquiry I'd like to ask what are the basic tools we
> should have for acquiring videos. We're a liberal arts college of about
> 2000 students, and we have a film studies dept.
> Any assistance greatly appreciated.
> Kevin A. Furniss
> Cataloging/Systems Support Librarian
> William Howard Doane Library
> Denison University
> Box L
> Granville, OH 43023
> (v) 740.587.6620
> (f) 740.587.6285
> (e) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristine R. Brancolini, Director, Digital Library Program
Main Library E170, 1320 E. Tenth Street
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812.855.3710 | Fax: 812.856.2062 | Web: www.dlib.indiana.edu