Re: Video Ratings

Maurine Canarsky (
Tue, 11 Apr 2000 11:53:11 -0700 (PDT)

It sounds to me like you're doing the right thing.

We also have patrons who want ratings on unrated films. When these are
requested, we have them fill out a form that is equivalent to a "request
for reconsideration" form. Our librarians then discuss it at a selection
meeting and draft a response. Usually, we make mention of ALA's freedom
to view statement and also ALA's statement about labelling.

Basically, as a public library, we advocate for a position of neutrality;
it is not our place to label anything. For harried parents, we turn them
over to our Youth Services staff who know the collection inside out and
can question them further about their needs. Usually, our staff can come
up with an excellent response or an alternative video to view that will
meet their needs.

Maurine Canarsky
Media Librarian
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-459-1024 FAX