Re: Dealing with disturbing content

Sally S. Wellman (swellman@pelican.state.lib.la.us)
Wed, 27 Feb 2002 09:02:11 -0800 (PST)

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It's not only the public that's offended. Professional librarians, who
should know better, can be extremely difficult. A while back, I had a call
from a children's librarian at one of the local public libraries concerning
Weston Wood's production of the Emperor's New Clothes. She chewed me up
one side and down the other because there was no warning about the nudity
in the production. It seems that the kiddies giggled during story hour
when they saw the emperor's rear end. I asked her if she was familiar with
the story. She said "Yes, but that's not the point. She should have been
told about the nudity." I suggested she view the videos beforehand in the
future. My comment was not well taken.

On the other hand, we informally tell users about a series of videos
concerning industrial safety. There's some pretty graphic footage of
accidents and injuries. A local engineering professor is our biggest
borrower of them. He tells me he always screens them before he shows them
to his classes so he knows when the gore is coming. He also warns the
class beforehand so those with weak stomachs can leave. (Some do, most
don't.) He also says that word must have gotten around campus that he's
using these videos because enrollment in his classes has gone up.

At least one guy is getting it right.

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Sally S. Wellman
Assistant Coordinator, Special Services
& Manager, Audiovisual Resource Center
State Library of Louisiana
701 N. 4th St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Voice: 225-342-4939
Fax: 225-342-4941
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It's not only the public that's offended.  Professional librarians, who should know better, can be extremely difficult.  A while back, I had a call from a children's librarian at one of the local public libraries concerning Weston Wood's production of the Emperor's New Clothes.  She chewed me up one side and down the other because there was no warning about the nudity in the production.  It seems that the kiddies giggled during story hour when they saw the emperor's rear end.  I asked her if she was familiar with the story.  She said "Yes, but that's not the point.  She should have been told about the nudity."  I suggested she view the videos beforehand in the future.  My comment was not well taken.

On the other hand, we informally tell users about a series of videos concerning industrial safety.  There's some pretty graphic footage of accidents and injuries. A local engineering professor is our biggest borrower of them.  He tells me he always screens them before he shows them to his classes so he knows when the gore is coming.  He also warns the class beforehand so those with weak stomachs can leave.  (Some do, most don't.)  He also says that word must have gotten around campus that he's using these videos because enrollment in his classes has gone up.

At least one guy is getting it right.




 

Sally S. Wellman
Assistant Coordinator, Special Services
& Manager, Audiovisual Resource Center
State Library of Louisiana
701 N. 4th St.
Baton Rouge, LA  70802

Voice:  225-342-4939
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