On Wed, 13 Sep 2000, Andrea Slonosky wrote:
> I recently requested that Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide, Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever, and Halliwell's Film Guide all be placed on standing order, with the old copies being weeded as soon as the new copies were in. I've been asked if they are all necessary.
> My feeling is that they are all useful for faculty who want to think about including films in their courses, they provide a quick guide to feature films available on video, and they all have a slightly different emphasis and coverage, not to mention criteria. Currently there are no provisions in the library to maintain these titles, beyond my own memory. I want to respond that they are useful and necessary in the same way that multiple English dictionaries are, and far less expensive, but thought I'd check with the collective before shooting my mouth off!
> So the questions are: in your respected opinions, are these titles different from each other? Are they all necessary? If not, which one(s) would you prefer to have handy all the time? Personally, I like Halliwell for the pithy reviews, Maltin for the volume and Videohound for ease of use.
> Andrea Slonosky
> Media Librarian
> Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
> (718) 488-1311