Video Ratings

Jan Derks (jderks@ald.lib.co.us)
Mon, 10 Apr 2000 12:22:47 -0700 (PDT)

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Am pulling together ratings info to answer patrons' questions on why all
videos aren't rated. Have gathered info from Jim Scholtz's books Video
Policies... and Developing and Maintaining Video... and from Sally
Mason-Robinson's book Developing and Managing... . I understand the
history of ratings pre-and post MPAA. I've read a 9/20/99 U.S. News
article on ratings and I have both the New York Times Guide to the Best
Children's Videos and Parent' Guide to the Best Family Videos. Is other
info out there that would help defuse patron concern about the content
of videos they check out? We include MPAA ratings in our catalog, if
ratings are shown on the video case. We also have a selection policy
that provides guidelines. It's the videos that don't list a rating that
patrons want rated. Some patrons want to know for sure that the video
they pull off the shelf will be "safe" for their kids but there's no one
way that public libraries can or should provide "safety" guarantees to
subjective concerns. Comments? Jan

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Jan Derks
AV Collection Development Librarian
Arapahoe Library District
Littleton,CO 80121
Phone:  303-220-7704 x239
Fax: 303-740-8283
E-mail: jderks@ald.lib.co.us

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<!doctype html public "-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 transitional//en"> Am pulling together ratings info to answer patrons' questions on why all videos aren't rated.  Have gathered info from Jim Scholtz's books Video Policies... and Developing and Maintaining Video... and from Sally Mason-Robinson's book Developing and Managing... . I understand the history of ratings pre-and post MPAA.  I've read a 9/20/99 U.S. News article on ratings and I have both the New York Times Guide to the Best Children's Videos and Parent' Guide to the Best Family Videos.  Is other info out there that would help defuse patron concern about the content of videos they check out?   We include MPAA ratings in our catalog, if ratings are shown on the video case. We also have a selection policy that provides guidelines.  It's the videos that don't list a rating that patrons want rated.  Some patrons want to know for sure that the video they pull off the shelf will be "safe" for their kids but there's no one way that public libraries can or should provide "safety" guarantees to subjective concerns. Comments? Jan
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Jan Derks
AV Collection Development Librarian
Arapahoe Library District
Littleton,CO 80121
Phone:  303-220-7704 x239
Fax: 303-740-8283
E-mail: jderks@ald.lib.co.us
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