Re: Media Reference sources

Robin Feinland (
Fri, 12 Jul 2002 14:35:37 -0700 (PDT)

>Thanks so much Renee!

>Robin, Here is what I currently use and have on S.O. at the Duluth
>Public Library:
>Video Source Book - get new edition every year, 2 books
>Bowker Video Directory - get new ediction every year, 4 books
>Leonard Maltin's Guide - get new one each year, 1 Trade PB
>Video Guide - I think by Martin, with an additional author, - get
>new one each year, 1 Trade PB
>These are all kept at our public service desk and I encourage their
>use by the public and staff. The more popular press books - Maltin
>and Martin guides - get the most use. I switched these to trade
>paperbacks from mass market Pb's when I noticed the trouble some
>people had with the smaller print. My ILL department plus desk
>staff use the Bowker and Video Source Book more than the public.
>However, they are good sources for people to use to locate videos
>they wish to purchase, especially if they do not like the Internet.
>I thought about dropping the Bowker Guide this year but my ILL staff
>told me they use it about three to four times a month to locate
>videos for the public. I decided to keep it another year.
>Other resources I have for both the public and staff to use are not
>S.O. purchases but very useful for a public library to have
>available. They are more popular videos guides: NYT Best Children's
>Videos, Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies, Family Guide to Classic
>Movies, and Videohound World Cinema.
>Hope this helps,
>Renee Zurn
>Duluth Public Library
>520 W. Superior St.
>Duluth MN 55802

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