Re: Media Review Digest

Gary Handman (
Mon, 14 May 2001 08:32:40 -0700 (PDT)

MRD is, indeed, a useful (altho far from perfect) resource for identifying
educational videos. Like other such indexes (Video Source Book, etc.) it
has definite limits--particularly in its tendency to deal with more
mainstream works...
You should realize that this resource does not include full's
basically an index to reviews which offers short statements (10-12 words)
excerpted from the reviews indexed. It's available on the Web as well as
in print. We're fairly happy with the Web version, altho the interface is
a bit clunky.

A substitute for previewing? A worthwhile addition to the reference

Gary Handman

At 07:25 AM 05/14/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>>Hi all,
>I'm wondering if many (or any) of you have much experience with Media
>Review Digest in print and/or online. Would it be useful for reviews of
>educational documentaries or is it more feature film oriented? Do people
>who use this resource find it can replace previewing (at least in some
>cases) for collection development?
>I'd love to hear any feedback from those who use this resource - both
>positive and negative. If you use it, can you tell me if you use print,
>online or both? If this has already been discussed, please let me know
>and I'll try to search the archives.
>Thanks much for any input.
>Robin G. Feinland
>Media Resources Specialist
>Ludcke Library
>Lesley University
>Cambridge, MA 02138
>Phone: (617) 349-8863
>Fax: (617) 349-8867

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000