Re: adding porn to collection

Erika Day (eld2n@virginia.edu)
Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:19:37 -0800 (PST)

RIGHT ON, sister! You just definitely earned your honorary librarian
stripes!
-- 
Erika Day
Media Librarian 
Robertson Media Center
Clemons Library
University of Virginia
(434) 924-3341 | eld2n@virginia.edu

> From: Jessica Rosner <jrosner@kino.com> > Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu > Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:06:53 -0800 (PST) > To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu> > Subject: Re: adding porn to collection > > 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 >> >> --=====================_13024474==.ALT >> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed >> >> 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 >> >> **************************************************************************** >> 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: >> <http://www.iu08.org>http://www.iu08.org >> Click on; "Instructional Materials Services" >> >> >> >> --=====================_13024474==.ALT >> Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" >> >> <html> >> <body> >> 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> >> <x-sigsep><p></x-sigsep> >> <b>************************************************************************* *>> * >> * <br> >> 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> >> </b><font size=4 color="#0000FF"><u>mail to:iu8film@iu08.org <br> >> </u></font><b>See us on the Web at: <br> >> </b><font size=4 color="#0000FF"><u><a >> href="http://www.iu08.org">http://www.iu08.org</a> <br> >> </u></font><b>Click on;&nbsp;&nbsp; &quot;Instructional Materials >> Services&quot;</b> <br><br> >> <br> >> </body> >> </html> >> >> --=====================_13024474==.ALT-- >> > >