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About Educational Media Review Online

Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) is an open access database of critical reviews of media from major educational and documentary distributors and independent filmmakers. The reviews are written by librarians and teaching faculty from across the United States and Canada. The reviews are given one of five ratings:

  • Highly Recommended
  • Highly Recommended with Reservations
  • Recommended
  • Recommended with Reservations
  • Not Recommended

The reviews are aimed at an educational audience, primarily academic librarians. There are some reviews of K-12 titles in the database, but they are not the main focus.

Select reviews are included in the Reviews section of a title record in OCLC's database beginning in September 2008.

The database began in 1997 as the AV Review Database, part of the peer-reviewed publication, MC Journal: The Journal of Academic Media Librarianship, an electronic journal devoted to issues in media librarianship. When the journal ceased publication in January 2002, the AV Review Database continued on as Educational Media Reviews Online. EMRO is very much a team effort designed to be a "win-win" project for the library community. The reviewers, distributors and filmmakers are to be commended for their participation in the formation of a quality database for the library and information professions.

EMRO is an open access scholarly project supported by the Penn State Libraries.

For notification when reviews are entered into the database, follow EMRO on Twitter and Facebook.

Anyone interested in writing reviews for EMRO, or distributors and filmmakers interested in having materials reviewed, please fill out the EMRO Contact form.


Angela R. Davis
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Penn State Behrend
John M. Lilley Library
4951 College Dr
Erie, PA 16563