Dealing with disturbing content

LeeAnne Krause (LLKRAUSE@gwm.sc.edu)
Mon, 25 Feb 2002 11:05:14 -0800 (PST)

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Hi Videolibbers-
Has anyone ever had difficulty knowing how to appropriately deal with
video materials that have possibly disturbing content? For example,
documentaries such as Dreamworlds, or feature films such as Kids or Tin
Drum. Have you ever had complaints from folks who unwittingly checked
stuff out not knowing the content and were offended by it, or do you
find that folks are willing to fend for themselves and not be
hypersensitive? One issue that I'm especially concerned about is those
films which do not fall under the category of recent American features
and therefore don't use the rating system. If something is "R" rated,
then that's probably warning enough, but what about foreign films and
documentaries? We recently got in several items that might be
disturbing to some, and we're trying to determine which of the following
tactics we should try to head problems off:
1- Do nothing- don't treat those items any differently, as long as we're
only circulating to those over 18.
2- Put a warning inside the video/DVD case that the materials contain
explicit content.
3- Verbally warn patrons.
4- Have our catalogers put a warning in the library computer records for
those films.

Which, if any, of these tactics do you use, and what is your degree of
success?
Thanks in advance,
LeeAnne

LeeAnne L. Krause
Manager of Educational Films
USC Film Library
803-777-2858
See our new acquisitions at:
www.sc.edu/library/film.html

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Hi Videolibbers-
Has anyone ever had difficulty knowing how to appropriately deal with video materials that have possibly disturbing content?  For example, documentaries such as Dreamworlds, or feature films such as Kids or Tin Drum.  Have you ever had complaints from folks who unwittingly checked stuff out not knowing the content and were offended by it, or do you find that folks are willing to fend for themselves and not be hypersensitive?  One issue that I'm especially concerned about is those films which do not fall under the category of recent American features and therefore don't use the rating system.  If something is "R" rated, then that's probably warning enough, but what about foreign films and documentaries?  We recently got in several items that might be disturbing to some, and we're trying to determine which of the following tactics we should try to head problems off:
1- Do nothing- don't treat those items any differently, as long as we're only circulating to those over 18.
2- Put a warning inside the video/DVD case that the materials contain explicit content.
3- Verbally warn patrons.
4- Have our catalogers put a warning in the library computer records for those films.
 
Which, if any, of these tactics do you use, and what is your degree of success?
Thanks in advance,
LeeAnne
 
 
LeeAnne L. Krause
Manager of Educational Films
USC Film Library
803-777-2858
See our new acquisitions at:
www.sc.edu/library/film.html
 
 
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