RE: Feature films

John Hoskyns-Abrahall (John@BULLFROGFILMS.COM)
Thu, 6 May 1999 10:58:51 -0700 (PDT)

My take on the public library situation is that the standards for video
collections are way below those for book collections. It's not
surprising given that media literacy is still in its infancy. That's
why this list is so important for spreading knowledge about good work.

I think librarians who want to guard against print bias should examine
the criteria their libraries use for selecting books, and try to apply
them (in so far as they are applicable to another medium) to their video

Assuming that takes place many specialty distributors could afford to
lower their prices. I realize it's a chicken and egg argument, but so
far the reality we perceive is that there are not enough public
libraries out there who are interested in good work.

John Hoskyns-Abrahall
John Hoskyns-Abrahall
Bullfrog Films
PO Box 149
Oley, PA 19547
800/543-FROG (3764)

Tel: 610/779-8226
Fax: 610/370-1978

-----Original Message-----
From: Leslie Andersen [mailto:LeslieA@LHQSMTP.COLAPL.ORG]
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 6:18 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Feature films

Hi all - I'm interested in those libraries that do NOT collect feature
video. Here at the County of Los Angeles Public Library, we collect
feature film and IMO often too much. I know that many libraries do not
collect it at all. How do you justify it? Do you have a written
How many complaints have you received? I'm looking to restrict the
amount of feature film video we purchase here and am unabashedly
looking for *ammunition*. Any comments on the issue are welcomed.
Thanks very much -

Leslie Andersen
Non-Print Materials Evaluator
County of Los Angeles Public Library