essential publications survey results

Oksana Dykyj (
Mon, 01 Jun 1998 12:06:51 +0000 (HELP)

Thank you all for responding. Since there were 14 of you, I won't name you
all but your input was very valuable and much appreciated.

The respondents ranged from media distributors to individuals in academic,
public and special libraries. Some explained their acquisitions policies
which limited the scope of their selection while others explained why
certain publications were less valuable to them based on the specialization
of the publication.

Since I did not want to perform a very intricate survey nor did I want to
analyze the responses by type of institution, I will list in descending
order from most popular/most often cited, to least often cited. Some sources
are journals/publications while others are catalogs/reference sources. There
is no evaluative criteria at work here. Just because The New York Times is
only cited 3 times does not make its video articles less valuable than
School Library Journal's. Other than the scope, it simply means that 3
people who responded use the NYT to make decisions. I would suspect that
more people read the New York Times but decided not to include it. So you
see, this is not a scientific survey by any stretch of the imagination.
Anyhow, based on 14 respondents and adding myself to make 15, we have:

Video Librarian 11
Booklist 4
School Library Journal 4
Library Journal 3
The New York Times 3
Audiofile 3
Laserdisc Newsletter 3
College and University Media Review (CCUMC) 2
Laserscans 2
Videolog 2
Newsweek 2
Time 2
Entertainment Weekly 2
People 2
Bowkers Video Directory 2

And in no particular order of 1 mention apiece: Box Office, Billboard,
Rolling Stone, OLAC Newsletter, Kliatt, Film Comment, Cineaste, Video
Magazine, Literature Film Quarterly, Video Watchdog, Sight & Sound, Variety.

Also receiving one mention were: The Independent (American Independent Video
and Film Association), Educational Leadership, Tech Trends for Leaders in
Education and Training, THE Journal (Technological Horizons in Education),
Leonard Maltin's Guide, Videohound, NICEM, OLAC Newsletter, Kliatt, and
Facets catalogs. Finaly, there was On Line Off Line (of which I was not
aware, thanks Pierre). It is a bimonthly thematic compilation of video,
software and internet resources. There were a handful of other extremely
specialized subject publications that I'm omitting here due to space
considerations (sorry Dennis).

My main reason for conducting this survey was to see whether I had all the
publication tools I needed at my disposal and I was happy to discover a
couple that I will have to look into.

I hope this list is of some use to others on videolib, if only as a snapshot
of the variety of sources we use everyday in making decisions about our areas.

Oksana Dykyj
Head, Visual Media Resources
Instructional & Information Technology Service H-342
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve West Tel: 514-848-3443
Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8 Fax: 514-848-3441