October 2009, Volume 1, Issue 10
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Where do I find movie review and purchasing resources?
- Internet Movie Database allows you to choose a variety of search groups from a dropdown and when you get something you like the page give all sorts of information plus a large assortment of links to other aspects of the same page, such as links to all the actors. When you click on one of the actor links, you get a complete list of everything that actor was in along with even more links.
- Metacritic has all sorts of ways to sort/seek information. One of which is specifically for DVDs which you can review by recent releases, high or low rating scores, or look at their entire archive and look for DVDs in a large alphabetical list. It rates the DVDs giving them a metascore based on reviewers giving them “favorable”, “mixed”, or “unfavorable” scores.
- Amazon.com is useful because under the dropdown of “Movies & TV” and then “Advanced Search” you can search by keyword, actor director, as well as various means. Once you find something you’re interested in, the page will give you all kinds of additional information in addition to the fact that it may be available for purchase and for how much.
- Critic's Choice Video & DVD is dedicated to providing the newest releases to the most obscure cult classic. Guests to the CC VIDEO® web site will find releases exclusive to Critics’ Choice, weekly specials, budget videos, as well as one of the largest selection of Classic movies anywhere. In addition to our DVD library, you will also find a wide selection of high definition Blu-Ray discs.
- Netflix allows you to browse, search or see recommendations for each individual if you sign up for a membership. They also include a special "back of box" feature that lets you get the detail of any movie instantly. Over 100,000 titles on DVD – from classics to new releases to TV episodes.
- Midwest Tape is a full service DVD and music provider, doing business exclusively with public libraries since 1989. There are more than 125,000 titles available, with more added each day. From the latest Hollywood blockbuster or Billboard chart-topper to hard-to-find titles from small, independent studios or record labels. They also offer a full range of CD and DVD supplies. (from Web site)
- Library Video Company is the leading distributor of educational video, DVD and audiobook to schools and public libraries nationwide. The company stocks thousands of titles covering a diverse range of topics for all ages and grade levels. Each program has been carefully reviewed and selected for content that is appropriate for the classroom and public library setting. (from Web site)
- Public Broadcasting System (PBS) gives you the ability to shop by series, arts, history, issues and events, religion, travel, health and more. Descriptions of each title are included.
Do you have a favorite source you would like to share? Send an e-mail to Brenda Hemmelman at the State Library: Brenda.Hemmelman@state.sd.us.
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Free census materials
Info on the current Google Books issue and related links
Options for streaming your own video
Performance of or showing film in the classroom
Promoting reference services
www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/ 279_Reference_60_Second_Results.pdf (PDF)
Top 15 reasons people join volunteer boards
Top 10 things library administrators should know about technology
Ways to make computers more senior citizen friendly
Your library does not end here
What is Library Development reading?
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
It’s against all the policies to co-exist in the same body, but Wanderer and Melanie are not the typical alien and host pair. Melanie’s deep love for her little brother and her boyfriend leads Wanderer to the hiding place of a small group of humans who have survived her species’ invasion of Earth. Through suspicions, violent misunderstandings, and total mistrust the humans and Wanderer become partners with a better vision for the future of the universe. Meyer again creates a world where families, relationships and loyalties are what matters regardless of time or place.
Other titles now being read by Library Development staff include:
- Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
- Envy (a Luxe book) by Anna Godberson
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles: Black Hills Tourism, 1880-1941 by Suzanne Barta Julin
- Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- The Perfect Liar by Brenda Novak
- Web Literacy for Educators by Alan November
- Naked in Death by J. D. Robb
- Ladies with Options by Cynthia Hartwick
…and take a look at Best Book Blogs of 2009
Be sure to visit Jasmine’s Shelfari page.