Re: adding porn to collection

June Drotleff (drotleju@oplin.lib.oh.us)
Tue, 28 Jan 2003 12:45:43 -0800 (PST)

I was under the impression that pornography is illegal and is not considered
protected speach. No?
June
----- Original Message -----
From: "Maureen Tripp" <maureen_tripp@emerson.edu>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 11:10 AM
Subject: adding porn to collection

> 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
>
>
>