Re: Gale vs. Bowker video directory

dawn porfirio-milton (
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 12:37:51 -0700 (PDT)


Hi Ridie,

I have used the Bowker video directory but have not compared it to the Gale
one. Anyway what I like about the Bowker video directory is the list of
manufacturers and distributers & the title and subject access provided. It
is a good source when you know you need a video on a particular subject but
have no titles in mind. One drawback though is that some videos listed are
from very small companies that may be out of business or the video may no
longer be available by the time you order it. I have used the Bowker
directory but do not rely heavily on it.

Dawn Porfirio-Milton
(AV specialist)
Chula Vista Public Library

>From: Ridie.W.Ghezzi@Dartmouth.EDU (Ridie W. Ghezzi)
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: Gale vs. Bowker video directory
>Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999 12:59:36 -0700 (PDT)
>Our library currently subscribes to Gale's "Video Source Book" and have
>been pretty satisfied with this resource. I have recently been reading more
>about "Bowker's Complete Video Directory" and have been wondering how this
>compares with the former and if they are redundant.
>Does anyone have experience with either Bowker's product alone or both
>Bowker's and Gale's titles and have a sense of how they compare with each
>other? If I get a lot of responses to this query I would be happy to share
>the results on the listserv.
>Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
>Ridie Ghezzi
>Baker Library Reference
>Dartmouth College
>Hanover, NH 03755

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