RE: [Videolib] New Release Criteria

Nicholle Gerharter - NCPL (ngerharter@will.state.wy.us)
Tue, 18 Oct 2005 15:17:23 -0600

Suzanne,
Thank you very much for your message. I will certainly share these good
ideas with my director and others on staff.
Thanks!

Nicholle
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Nicholle Gerharter
Reference Librarian
Natrona County Public Library
307 E. Second St.
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 237-4935
http://library.natrona.net

-----Original Message-----
From: "Suzanne Tronier" <STronier@slco.lib.ut.us>
To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 10:39:53 -0600
Subject: RE: [Videolib] New Release Criteria

> At the Salt Lake County Library System we purchase new release movies
> by
> committee. There are now 6 of us and we bring titles and talk about
> them and purchase most of what we bring. Our liveliest discussions are
> over popular films that were not well reviewed; sometimes we end up
> buying them, sometimes we don't. In a nutshell, here is our written
> criteria:
>
>
>
> DVDs selected by this committee will meet at least one of the following
> criteria:
>
>
>
> *Widely critically acclaimed
>
> *Significant award winner and/or multiple award
> winner
>
> *Best of the popular, mainstream DVD releases
>
> *Best of non-mainstream DVD releases, for example:
>
> Best of foreign films
>
> Best of independent films
>
> Best films that have not been widely
> distributed
>
> *Best local interest films
>
> *Quality book based films
>
> *Films of enduring value or lasting interest
>
>
>
> During the past year, we have come to rely heavily on
> www.metacritic.com
> in considering reviews. For popular, mainstream movies this means we
> don't consider anything with a metascore of less than 40 (generally
> unfavorable reviews) to be best of anything and won't buy them. We
> will
> usually purchase movies in the 45-60 range (mixed reviews) if there is
> a
> lot of demand for them. Above 60, if it's a Hollywood movie, we will
> almost always buy it. This helps us to draw the line somewhere and
> considers many review sources. It's useful having the committee
> because
> quality and where and how to draw the line is a subject of constant
> discussion. There are times we've held tighter standards and been
> under so much pressure to buy more popular films that this is where we
> are now.
>
>
>
>
>
> Suzanne Tronier, Manager
>
> East Millcreek Library
>
> Salt Lake County Library System
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu
> [mailto:videolib-bounces@library.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Nicholle
> Gerharter - NCPL
> Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 4:47 PM
> To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> Subject: [Videolib] New Release Criteria
>
>
>
> Can anyone recommend/share criteria used in public libraries to
> purchase
>
> new releases on DVD? We're trying to determine ways to distinguish
> fun,
>
> entertainment-fare from the more critically acclaimed titles. Does
> anyone
>
> have a definition for this "lighter", yet very popular, material that
> they
>
> use for collection development purposes?
>
>
>
> Thanks.
>
>
>
> Nicholle
>
>
>
> *********
>
> Nicholle Gerharter
>
> Reference Librarian
>
>
>
>
>
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