Even knowing that, I still use them frequently for general research
as at least a starting point.
>In my experience the NICEM database (and it's double, AV-ONLINE) is
>ok for searching for known items, but not particularly useful as a
>general collection building tool--i.e. as means of searching for
>materials by subject. The problem with these (and with most other
>commercial universal media catalogs and databases) is that they
>almost always seem to lag behind video publication universe,and they
>tend to be limited in their coverage of this universe to begin with.
>In other words, if you rely too heavily on NICEM (or Video Source
>Book, or Media Review Digest), you'll be missing a good slug of
>what's out there in the world...
>OCLC (FIRSTSEARCH) is often a much better bet for scoping out the
>media terrain, altho there are big problems with that db, too (most
>notably the fact that cataloging often doesn't indicate current
>In my experience, nothing can compete with plowing thru individual
>catalogs, web sites, and email notifications for new product, as
>gruelling as this is...
>What we really need are sources such as Docseek
>(http://docuseek.com/): portals to multiple catalogs (Docuseek is,
>unfortunately, fairly limited at present, but the idea is a good
>At 12:03 PM 09/04/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>>Hi to all:
>>I had posted a message about NICEM in August but received no replies,
>>perhaps because of recipients being on holidays or perhaps because the
>>message was not well worded.
>>I am hoping to get feedback from anyone who uses NICEM for AV collection
>>development. My colleague and I are fairly new to the area of AV
>>collection development and are trying to find a source that will help us
>>find appropriate distributors of AV on subjects that instructors are
>>wanting us to purchase.
>>Perhaps I should qualify the above by also adding that I would also
>>appreciate knowing of any sources (non NICEM) that you use to locate
>>material for your collections.
>>Thank you for your feedback and any suggestions.
>>Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Library
>>Edmonton, Alberta T5G 2R1
>>Phone: 780 471 8794
>>FAX: 780 471 8813/491-3014
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