Thursday, 31 March 2011

Viewers' Advisory and Staff Training

Viewers' Advisory service depends on library staff who really know the movie and television show collections.  For Readers' Advisory, staff are committed to being well-read and knowledgeable about the genres, authors, etc.  For VA service in libraries, RA staff may not be movie and television watchers, and, are therefore at a disadvantage to provide excellent service.

The question is how to get staff to become knowledgeable.  Certainly, stressing the similarities of both RA and VA is the first step.

Saturday, 26 March 2011


One of the great difficulties in Viewers' Advisory is to identify the factors of appeal for a particular patron and then provide suggestions.

I just found 'Jinni' which calls itself 'Your Taste Engine for Movies and TV Shows'.  You can search using any or all of following topics (or factors of appeal in VA speak) or on visual collages of each:

  • Mood

  • Plot

  • Genres

  • Time/Period

  • Place

  • Audience

  • Praise

  • You can also do general searches.  Searching my man Colin Firth , you retrieve a visual list of his movies with Pride and Prejudice getting the largest ranking and the largest photo.

    I am going to play with this more to see how this will work for VA.  If you have used it, please add your comments here.

    Friday, 25 March 2011

    Oscar Nominees and Winners Releases on DVD

    Many of the Oscar Nominees and Winners are going to be released on DVD over the next few weeks. 

    Here's the schedule:

    March 22

    March 29
    Black Swan

    April 19
    King's Speech
    Rabbit Hole

    May 17
    Blue Valentine

    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    Movies Better Than the Books?

    On whole, the consensus is that books are better than the movies made from them. However, some think that some movies are better than the books.

    Here is a partial list from the CTV website: The Godfather, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Return of the King, Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, Blade Runner, Forrest Gump, The Shining and Frankenstein.

    What do you think?