[Videolib] Off topic question: does your selection policy have any

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Fri, 12 May 2006 14:49:26 -0500

I know this is off the topic of movies but I just have to ask!
Does your library have a selection policy that tells you what to do
with purchased materials that later have been shown to be plagiarized or
have other legal issues?

I was discussing the recent lawsuit over "How Opal Mehta got kissed,
got wild and got a live" by K. Viswanathan with a colleague and realized
we don't have a policy that addresses this issue. We had a great
discussion about that book, the book "A million little pieces" and the
older plagiarized works by Janet Dailey, "Aspen gold" and "Notorious."

So, I am curious, how does your library handle books like "How Opal
Mehta got kissed, got wild and got a live" by K. Viswanathan where the
author has been found guilty of plagiarism and the publisher has stopped
publication of the book and asked for all the published works to be

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity.


Renee Zurn
Manager, Adult Services
Duluth Public Library
520 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

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