Longtime Charlottesville residents may remember Sneak Reviews, an eclectic video rental store on Ivy Road that for two decades specialized in hard-to-find and Indie material. When the store closed in 2015, Library A/V selector Matt Ball was already involved in selecting much of the store’s inventory for purchase, basing decisions on relevance to the University curriculum and appeal to diverse communities. Matt handed off the project to Video Collections Librarian Leigh Rockey when he left, and in 2017 the nearly 14,000 titles went to a vendor to be cataloged and processed. Now, approximately 1,970 titles are back; they’re in the Library’s video collection and searchable in VIRGO.
The new addition strengthens the Library’s collection of foreign films, documentaries, and LGBT films. It also fills out some incomplete TV show runs, adds to the Library’s feature films collection, and provides some additional copies of widely circulating titles. Please have a look at the scope of the collection currently in VIRGO.
You can search for individual items in VIRGO by title, or by the directors’ or actors’ names, but realize that while some titles are on the shelf in Clemons, others may not be; the Library is trying to get them to Clemons as soon as possible.