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 firstname.lastname@example.org