RE: adding porn to collection

Burkholder, Joel (
Tue, 28 Jan 2003 13:29:01 -0800 (PST)

My understanding is that pornography is protected speech, unless it's been
judged obscene by a court of law. Child pornography is considered obscene
and therefore illegal. At least I think so. Feel free to correct me if I'm

Joel Burkholder
Bishop Library
Lebanon Valley College

-----Original Message-----
From: Bonnie Brown []
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 4:01 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: adding porn to collection

I believe you might be referring to child pornography.

Bonnie Brown
Avery Fisher Center
New York University

I was under the impression that pornography is illegal and is not considered
protected speach. No?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Maureen Tripp" <>
To: "Multiple recipients of list" <>
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,
> will be requesting several porn titles be purchased and added to the Media
> Services collection. Another instructor does research in this area, and
> way we handled his materials (all of which were old, relatively tame
> from the 40s and 50s) was to purchase them from his department's budget,
> house them in Media Services on reserve for him. In other words, they
> never cataloged and added to the collection. The professor who talked to
> today doesn't like this; says they should be included in the collection,
> 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
> 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
> (617)824-8676