On Mon, 18 Dec 1995, Video Librarian wrote:
> Ok Ralph, I'll bite and do a preliminary wade on this one. The cheap (and
> easy) answer is that only the first question is important (since it
> encompasses all the others), but we've got a potential librarian in the
> making here raising imaginary questions that she'll eventually have to
> deal with in the real world.
> The crux of the matter, for me, is that it's imperative we use as
> close to the same guidelines as possible for selecting videos as we do
> for selecting books. In other words, the library that didn't buy
> Madonna's "Sex" (and I've yet to *hear* a good argument for not buying
> any book that resided, however briefly, at the top of the N.Y. Times
> bestseller list) seems to be on solid ground if they pass on "Showgirls."
> Where it becomes more tricky--and I just did an editorial on this for the
> next issue of "Video Librarian"--is with a film like "Kids."
> "Kids" played a small circuit, effectively ensuring an adult audience in
> the semi-controlled environment of the arthouse theatre. On video,
> however, "Kids" will have a potential audience of...well...a lot of kids.
> Should the library allow kids access to "Kids" by putting it in the
> collection? After thinking about it, I realised that I could make a
> really good argument either way. What that made me understand more than
> anything is that we can formulate guidelines, but if easily reproducible
> rules were all it took to do materials selection, than a page or
> volunteer could do our job. Some things just need to be decided on a case
> by case basis, and that's where librarianship comes in.
> So, a partial answer...
> Randy Pitman
> Video Librarian
> 3672 NE Liverpool Dr
> Bremerton WA 98311
> (800) 692-2270
> On Mon, 18 Dec 1995, Ralph Huntzinger wrote:
> > You-all,
> > I've been sitting on this message from (possibly) a library school
> > student who subscribes to pubyac (the listserv for children and young
> > adult library interests). Depending on how I feel, I want to give her a
> > full answer, a non-reply, just put it off somemore, or delete it.
> > Maybe you want to choose one of my four options -- or -- add "roast
> > Huntzinger for passing it on" to the list.
> > Part of me knows that she and the listserv readers deserve an answer
> > from those of us who work with the formats; otherwise, the "myths" of J
> > and YA specialists will color video, CD-ROM, internet access, and other
> > electronic material issues. However, I keep hoping we have moved toward a
> > unitified selection philosophy that includes printed materials along with
> > all the electronic materials we handle, but maybe that's for another
> > generation of specialists (generalists?). On the other hand, it could be
> > that education is not keeping up with the field, as I saw at the "Beyond
> > Video ..." institute in Texas this summer. I think I'll put it off
> > somemore. Someone will may ease my conscience in the meantime.
> > Ralph
> > Ralph E. Huntzinger email@example.com
> > Media Services
> > King County Library System voice: (206) 684-6673
> > 300 8th Ave. N. fax: (206) 684-5590
> > Seattle, WA 98109
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 23:40:33 -0500
> > From: Laura E Brown <lebrown@acsu.Buffalo.edu>
> > To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Subject: video collection policies
> > Hello Fellow Yaccers!
> > I would like any information you could give me on policies
> > concerning video collections. What criteria must videos meet before you
> > purchase them? How do you handle the different ratings? Do you purchase
> > r-rated films? Why or why not? Must videos have literary value for you
> > to purchase them, or can they be for purely entertainment purposes?
> > I appreciate any information you can send my way!
> > Laura Brown
> > email@example.com
1301 Sylvan Way
Bremerton, Wa 98310
Opinions expressed are my own.