Here at Kansas City Public Library we use the same selection criteria for
videos as we use for books. If there is a demand for it we will purchase it.
We will purchase any movie that would be in demand by our customers no matter
what the rating. Unlike a book a video is useless until it is placed into a
VCR. A VCR which should be monitered by parents. Our feeling is if parents do
not want their children watching a paticular video they should control what
goes into their VCR. It is not the role of the library to control what
anybody, regardless of age, checks out.
I think your question about videos having literary value is an ironic one. Do
Danielle Steel or Sue Grafton novels have literary value or are they just for
entertainment? The idea that the public library is a only and educational
institution is a false one. The public library in addition to being an
educational institution is an entertainment and information institution. To
limit video purchases to those with only "literary" value would mean a library
would be using different selection criteria for videos than they do for books.
Our library believes that all library materials should be treated equal and the
same collection policies should apply to all materials, whether books, videos,
CD's CD-ROM or audio cassettes.
Hope this is helpful.
Joel Jones Video Librarian
Kansas City Public Library
311 E. 12th "Equal Trash For All!!"
Kansas City, MO 64106