Re: An Idea

Jonathan Miller (
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 14:13:42 -0800 (PST)

Dear Gary

Two questions about your cool list idea:

1) To what extent will you take price into account in selecting the titles
you recommend?
2) Will you suggest the same titles for both public and academic libraries?


Jonathan Miller

At 12:56 PM 12/15/99 -0800, you wrote:
>Hi Gang...
>This morning, I had an idea (how novel!) in relation to the recent
>discussion regarding core lists, best lists, etc. So...I'm working on this
>video collection development book, which attempts to provide guidance for
>video collection developers in multitype libraries...I know I earlier
>sneered at the notion of an AFI-like 100 Best list, but...what if we used
>VIDEOLIB and our collective expertise to compile a 200 title desert island
>list (the 200 videos you'd take to establish an opening day collection on
>Bora Bora, or something...). Seems to me such a list might be a useful
>inclusion in my long as we called it for what it is--not
>exhaustive, simply the collective wisdom and opinion of working librarians.
>What do y'all think? There are around 350-400 folks on this list;
>certainly we could compile an interesting, briefly annotated list of some
>Gary Handman
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley 94720-6000
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