Re: Previewing question/"100 Best Films"

Jessica (
Tue, 11 Apr 2000 12:21:26 -0700 (PDT)

Are you implying that there could have been some "not so good " films on the
AFI's top 100 list?
How could this be possible? It was determined by experts.

Next time let the English Dept. stick to the 100 greatest books

>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: RE: Previewing question/"100 Best Films"
>Date: Tue, Apr 11, 2000, 6:49 PM

>Our collection is curriculum driven, and purchase requests come from
>faculty. Sometimes they base their recommendation on a catalogue
>description, but the more expensive tapes are requested for preview before
>We also view at least the first five minutes of each tape we receive, to
>check for tape defects before we send it to cataloging. The cataloger then
>views it again while cataloging, especially if it has to be original
>cataloging. this is also a second look to notice tape defects.
>Collection Development nightmare: A truly bizarre thing has occurred this
>past week. Suddenly a huge number of feature films has been coming in to
>the media center to be shelved. Some good, some not so good..... I had
>not heard anything about this particular purchase previously, so I asked
>our purchasing clerk who had requested them. Apparently the English Dept.
>has ordered (lock, stock and barrel) the entire list of the infamous "100
>Best Films Ever Made" from the list that came out last year (or was it the
>year before?). (sigh) I wish they had asked before they purchased -- I
>hope they were aware of how controversial (and perhaps flawed) this list
>was before they ordered......
>Sue DeHut
>Ed. Media Services
>Linfield College