RE: [Videolib] Movie ratings & libraries

Holly Sammons (
Tue, 8 Jul 2003 14:10:13 -0400 (EDT)

I don't know how most public libraries handle this, but mine has a policy
that says we will NOT purchase Xrated films. The classifications work
fairly well for the films that are classified. However, there seems to be
a trend of late for many films to decline being classified. That's a bit

Anyone with a valid library card can check out our films. We do not
restrict on an age basis, this is a parental responsibility, not a public
library's. It works for us. On occasion I get complaints, I simply tell
patrons that they may chose NOT to check out films they find questionable.
God only knows there's a lot of films I'd never check out, regardless of

Holly Sammons, Librarian
Onondaga County Public Library
447 So Salina St
Syracuse NY  13202

>Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2003 17:00:42 -0400 >From: "Blackburn, Alison" <> >To: "''" <> >Subject: [Videolib] Movie ratings & libraries >Message-ID: <EDD97C05839FD41185D700508BB0B54B098979CC@DC1EXC001> >Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" >MIME-Version: 1.0 >Precedence: bulk >Message: 3 > >Hi, > >I'm looking for feedback on how public libraries (particularly Canadian public libraries) deal with VHS/DVD ratings. Do you use MPAA? Canadian Home Video Rating System? Provincial classification categories?

We are planning to introduce self-checkout facilities in some of our branches and wonder what problems and/or solutions other libraries may have come across regarding borrowers, age-appropriate AV material and self-checkout.

Thanks very much.

Alison Blackburn AV Librarian Collection Development Ottawa Public Library 120 Metcalfe Street Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M2 (613) 236-0302, ext. 515

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