RE: Dealing with disturbing content

Tatar, Becky (bltata@aurora.lib.il.us)
Mon, 25 Feb 2002 11:27:49 -0800 (PST)

We had this come up recently, but I can't remember the title. A patron
mentioned that the foreign film he checked out had some brief sexual
content, that he thought would not be appropriate for teens. We do allow
high school students to check out videos. Patrons must be 18 to check out
R-rated videos. I told him I would look into it. I did check on IMDB, but
they made no mention of any US rating. When we received "The Tin Drum," it
also had no rating, but I was familiar with the title, so when the film
came, I checked IMDB, which did have a US rating of R for the film. I sent
it back down to be labeled. We also received a video with graphic images of
aborted fetuses. While the packaging itself didn't indicate anything of a
disturbing nature, our cataloger viewed the title and recommended a notation
on the sleeve, and the computer. It was difficult to tell from the sleeve
that the title was covered abortion to begin with. I think you have to know
your community, and use some common sense. Would you want to know?

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209
www.aurora.lib.il.us
E-mail: bltata@aurora.lib.il.us