Re: Public libraries and video collections

Randy Pitman (
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 09:59:43 -0800 (PST)

We also subscribe to Randy Pittman's "Video
> Librarian" which I highly recommend. This newsletter has helped us avoid
> costly mistakes and introduced us to excellent (and reasonably priced)
> we otherwise would have missed.

Mary--Thanks for the plug! BTW, although after a decade it's hard to shake
the "newsletter" image--we've entering our 5th year as a full-color magazine
(or, as Pinocchio might say, "a real live boy!").

I do like the idea of a list of 100 titles
> that should be in every collection but I'd rather see it come from
librarians -
> not distributors.

I wrote a book with Elliott Swanson (AV librarian) in 1990 called "Video
Movies: A Core Collection for Libraries" (ABC-CLIO), which offered a list of
500 movies on video. Our own Gary Handman gave it a lukewarm review in LJ
(and I've been able to milk an incredible number of favors out of Gary for
that review now for years), saying that it was canted more toward public
libraries (which it is). It's definitely in need of being updated...


Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
Tel: (800) 692-2270