Video Librarian Continues Mission Online as the Premier Video Review Resource for Librarians

​​​​Allen Chou, President, & owner of Passion River Films, a film distributor recently acquired Video Librarian, the premier video & film review resource for over 30 years to public & academic libraries, which has transitioned into Video Librarian Online (

Continuing the focus of the recently sunsetted Video Librarian magazine, Video Librarian Online provides professional reviews that will better equip video librarians to make new acquisitions that help to inform, educate, & entertain their patrons.

According to Chou, "Libraries are important in serving the community and we need to help librarians with the challenging task of discovering new films for their collections. The power of a story and the moving image is limitless."

Video Librarian entered the market in 1986 when founder, publisher, and editor Randy Pitman introduced a 10 page-newsletter providing a unique & necessary resource for the library community. Its mission was to become a singular video resource for librarians overseeing the building of video collections.

Now retiring, Pitman says, "I am thrilled that under the leadership of Allen Chou and guidance of new editor Vanessa Bethea, Video Librarian will make a welcome transition to Video Librarian Online, which promises to be a vital online resource for librarians, continuing to offer professional reviews of documentaries, independent films, and classic movies, but on a more timely basis, thanks to the immediacy of the web."

Written by staff, librarians, teachers, and film critics, Video Librarian Online continues the main mission of Video Librarian but with more enhanced services such as 75+ new film reviews each month, regularly updated news briefs, access to a searchable database of over 40,000 full-text video reviews, and a searchable database of nearly 1,000 video distributors.

"The Video Librarian reviews are an invaluable resource for building a deeper collection." - Catherine Cooper, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

"We use your compiled reviews for selection and when a non-print item is challenged by a customer. Your reviews give us professional input that is valuable." - Kendal Hopkins, Carroll County Public Library

"It is the only resource that I use to develop our video collection. I have come to depend on the brief reviews, audience categories, star ratings, and more. This resource is so good that I never feel the need to look for other places that give similar information." - Frank Bridges, Mount View Middle School & High School Library

"An invaluable resource, especially to those of us from small libraries with extremely limited shelf space and budget." - Cynthia R. Exterkamp, Wilton Manors Public Library, NY


Allen Chou is an expert in maximizing digital delivery & audience engagement strategies. Since 1997 Chou has been President of Passion River Films, an independent film distribution company specializing in the release of films & documentaries to theaters, VOD, streaming, DVD, & libraries.


Allen Chou, Owner/Publisher

Vanessa Bethea, Editor

Tel: (732) 372-0300 - Email:

Source: Video Librarian


Categories: Public Libraries

Tags: Collection Development, Documentary, Film Distribution, Film Reviews, Video Librarian

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For over 30 years, Video Librarian has provided professional reviews of films, documentaries, & instructional videos to help academic & public librarians discover, acquire, & build collections for their communities.

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