Re: adding porn to collection

Tom Boghossian (tboghosn@calarts.edu)
Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:16:26 -0800 (PST)

I couldn't agree more Jessica.
Tom Boghossian
Cal Arts Film Services Manager

At 09:06 AM 1/28/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>I can't speak to the issue of Library video collections but I will
>say that my PROUDEST achievement in the area of film archive & preservation
>was arranging the donation of several HUNDRED X rated films from the
>sixties , seventies and early eighties to the Kinsey Inst. at Indiana Univ.
>These prints were part of many, many THOUSANDS of film prints which were
>abandon in film depots and would have been DESTROYED. I believe they
>provided an invaluable resource for understanding American Culture and
>very nearly got them to Library of Congress ( which understandably had cold
>feet lest some right winger attack them for merely storing and making such
>things available to researchers). I have no doubt that rescuing and
>arranging a safe place where these films would be available for research
>will be my lasting contribution to film studies.
>
>I am NOT a librarian but as a history major gone wrong, I think it
>is ESSENTIAL to make even disturbing parts of our history and culture
>available. This does not mean that every library has to collect every piece
>of porn but it can and does have value under the right circumstances and
>should be judged as any other element of the collection.
>
>
>
>--
>Jessica Rosner
>Kino International
>333 W 39th St. 503
>NY NY 10018
>jrosner@kino.com
>
> > From: "Mark W. Kopp" <iu8film@iu08.org>
> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
> > Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 08:48:43 -0800 (PST)
> > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > Subject: Re: adding porn to collection
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> > I honestly NEVER envisioned, when I signed up for this listserve, that this
> > issue would ever need to be addressed.
> >
> > It amazes me that someone would try to legitimize pornography in an
> > Educational setting, and worse yet, in an Educational Media Resource
> > Center. I took a quick look around the Internet and didn't find a large
> > selection of Universities offering Pornography 101. It sounds like your
> > "faculty member" should purchase the titles out of their budget and house
> > them in their location.
> >
> > Picture this scenario. Maureen Tripp keeps porn in her library. Down the
> > road, it will still be the same old argument once someone asks, and your
> > answer is "...oh...that's not mine...really!!!". "I keep it here just to
> > study." "No...wait...what I mean is that it's for some classes." "And as
> > Media Librarian, I guess you had to preview it to make sure it was free of
> > objectionable bias and contains content relevant to the Curriculum".
> >
> > C'mon!!!!
> > ******************************************
> > At 08:27 AM 1/28/03 -0800, you wrote:
> >> Hi
> >>
> >> Well...in the post-post-mod world almost anything is grist for study and
> >> conjecture. Seems to me that the only intellectually responsible thing to
> >> do as librarians is respond to the flow. I think it's enormously
> important
> >> to make the distinction between collection policy and public service
> >> policy. The real issue (at least in my book) is NOT whether this stuff
> >> should be collected and cataloged, but how to responsibly provide
> >> access. There are a number of sticky (so to speak) issues here: if you
> >> deliver porn in a facility with side-by-side viewing stations, I can
> >> envision "issues" arising. On the other hand, I shudder to think about
> >> providing access to porn in closed viewing rooms (whoopie!). There
> seem to
> >> also be challenges related to circulation of this stuff (if you do,
> indeed,
> >> circulate it).
> >>
> >> At UCB we have Linda Williams, the academic doyen of porn (cf. Hard
> >> Core: Power, Pleasure, and the "Frenzy of the Visible." UC Press,
> >> 1999)...a hard core user of hardcore. We've treated the collections
> >> supporting her course as special collections, with circulation
> >> restrictions. We do allow the stuff to be shown in group viewing
> rooms and
> >> have had no...uh...surprises so far.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> At 08:10 AM 1/28/2003 -0800, you wrote:
> >>> A faculty member told me today she is teaching a course on
> pornography, and
> >>> will be requesting several porn titles be purchased and added to the
> Media
> >>> Services collection. Another instructor does research in this area,
> and the
> >>> way we handled his materials (all of which were old, relatively tame
> titles
> >>> from the 40s and 50s) was to purchase them from his department's
> budget, and
> >>> house them in Media Services on reserve for him. In other words,
> they were
> >>> never cataloged and added to the collection. The professor who
> talked to me
> >>> today doesn't like this; says they should be included in the
> collection, and
> >>> we should be "adult" about it.
> >>>
> >>> Our collection development policy does have a sentence saying we won't
> >>> collect material with "scurrilous" content. nevertheless, I
> anticipate that
> >>> other instructors and library staff will get involved in this. I'd be
> >>> interested in any comments from list members. Thanks!
> >>>
> >>> Maureen Tripp
> >>> Media Librarian
> >>> Media Services Center
> >>> 180 Tremont St. 3rd Fl.
> >>> Boston, MA 02116
> >>> maureen_tripp@emerson.edu
> >>> (617)824-8676
> >>
> >> Gary Handman
> >> Director
> >> Media Resources Center
> >> Moffitt Library
> >> UC Berkeley
> >> ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
> >> http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
> >
> >
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> > Mark W. Kopp
> > Circulation Coordinator
> > Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
> > Instructional Materials Services Department
> > 580 Foot of Ten Road
> > Duncansville, Pa 16635
> > (814) 695-1972 Phone
> > (814) 695-3018 Fax
> > E-Address:
> > mail to:iu8film@iu08.org
> > See us on the Web at:
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> > Click on; "Instructional Materials Services"
> >
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> > I honestly NEVER envisioned, when I signed up for this listserve, that
> > this issue would ever need to be addressed.<br><br>
> > It amazes me that someone would try to legitimize pornography in an
> > Educational setting, and worse yet, in an Educational Media Resource
> > Center. I took a quick look around the Internet and didn't find a large
> > selection of Universities offering Pornography 101. It sounds like your
> > &quot;faculty member&quot; should purchase the titles out of their budget
> > and house them in their location. <br><br>
> > Picture this scenario. Maureen Tripp keeps porn in her library. Down the
> > road, it will still be the same old argument once someone asks, and your
> > answer is &quot;...oh...that's not mine...really!!!&quot;. &quot;I keep
> > it here just to study.&quot; &quot;No...wait...what I mean is that it's
> > for some classes.&quot; &quot;And as Media Librarian, I guess you had to
> > preview it to make sure it was free of objectionable bias and contains
> > content relevant to the Curriculum&quot;.<br><br>
> > C'mon!!!!&nbsp; <br>
> > ******************************************<br>
> > At 08:27 AM 1/28/03 -0800, you wrote:<br>
> > <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>Hi<br><br>
> > Well...in the post-post-mod world almost anything is grist for study and
> > <br>
> > conjecture.&nbsp; Seems to me that the only intellectually responsible
> > thing to <br>
> > do as librarians is respond to the flow.&nbsp; I think it's enormously
> > important <br>
> > to make the distinction between collection policy and public service
> > <br>
> > policy.&nbsp; The real issue (at least in my book) is NOT whether this
> > stuff <br>
> > should be collected and cataloged, but how to responsibly provide <br>
> > access.&nbsp; There are a number of sticky (so to speak) issues
> > here:&nbsp; if you <br>
> > deliver porn in a facility with side-by-side viewing stations, I can
> > <br>
> > envision &quot;issues&quot; arising.&nbsp; On the other hand, I shudder
> > to think about <br>
> > providing access to porn in closed viewing rooms (whoopie!).&nbsp; There
> > seem to <br>
> > also be challenges related to circulation of this stuff (if you do,
> > indeed, <br>
> > circulate it).<br><br>
> > At UCB we have Linda Williams, the academic doyen of porn (cf. Hard
> > <br>
> > Core:&nbsp; Power, Pleasure, and the &quot;Frenzy of the
> > Visible.&quot;&nbsp; UC Press, <br>
> > 1999)...a hard core user of hardcore.&nbsp; We've treated the collections
> > <br>
> > supporting her course as special collections, with circulation <br>
> > restrictions.&nbsp; We do allow the stuff to be shown in group viewing
> > rooms and <br>
> > have had no...uh...surprises so far.<br><br>
> > <br><br>
> > <br>
> > At 08:10 AM 1/28/2003 -0800, you wrote:<br>
> > &gt;A faculty member told me today she is teaching a course on
> > pornography, and<br>
> > &gt;will be requesting several porn titles be purchased and added to the
> > Media<br>
> > &gt;Services collection.&nbsp; Another instructor does research in this
> > area, and the<br>
> > &gt;way we handled his materials (all of which were old, relatively tame
> > titles<br>
> > &gt;from the 40s and 50s) was to purchase them from his department's
> > budget, and<br>
> > &gt;house them in Media Services on reserve for him.&nbsp; In other
> > words, they were<br>
> > &gt;never cataloged and added to the collection.&nbsp; The professor who
> > talked to me<br>
> > &gt;today doesn't like this; says they should be included in the
> > collection, and<br>
> > &gt;we should be &quot;adult&quot; about it.<br>
> > &gt;<br>
> > &gt;Our collection development policy does have a sentence saying we
> > won't<br>
> > &gt;collect material with &quot;scurrilous&quot; content.&nbsp;
> > nevertheless, I anticipate that<br>
> > &gt;other instructors and library staff will get involved in this.&nbsp;
> > I'd be<br>
> > &gt;interested in any comments from list members.&nbsp; Thanks!<br>
> > &gt;<br>
> > &gt;Maureen Tripp<br>
> > &gt;Media Librarian<br>
> > &gt;Media Services Center<br>
> > &gt;180 Tremont St. 3rd Fl.<br>
> > &gt;Boston, MA 02116<br>
> > &gt;maureen_tripp@emerson.edu<br>
> > &gt;(617)824-8676<br><br>
> > Gary Handman<br>
> > Director<br>
> > Media Resources Center<br>
> > Moffitt Library<br>
> > UC Berkeley<br>
> > ghandman@library.berkeley.edu<br>
> > <a href="http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC"
> > eudora="autourl">http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC</a>
> > </blockquote>
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> >
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> > Mark W. Kopp <br>
> > Circulation Coordinator <br>
> > Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 <br>
> > Instructional Materials Services Department <br>
> > 580 Foot of Ten Road <br>
> > Duncansville, Pa&nbsp; 16635 <br>
> > (814) 695-1972 Phone <br>
> > (814) 695-3018 Fax <br>
> > E-Address: <br>
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