Libraries, Erotica, & Pornography

Overview

What is the importance--if any--of erotica in a library collection? When is erotica pornography? What do your patrons think? Before you find yourself in the center of this controversy, read Libraries, Erotica, & Pornography--the first in-depth examination of the issues, the solutions, and their complications. Seventeen original essays share the experiences and insights of working librarians, researchers in human sexuality, a public library administrator, and library educators as well as a leading authority on...

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Overview

What is the importance--if any--of erotica in a library collection? When is erotica pornography? What do your patrons think? Before you find yourself in the center of this controversy, read Libraries, Erotica, & Pornography--the first in-depth examination of the issues, the solutions, and their complications. Seventeen original essays share the experiences and insights of working librarians, researchers in human sexuality, a public library administrator, and library educators as well as a leading authority on erotic literature and a popular novelist. This volume contains valuable advice on deciding a policy, handling patron objections, and responding to community pressures.

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Seventeen articles examine issues surrounding libraries' collections of materials about sexual subjects, including the history of feminist issues and attacks on pornography; experiences with Playboy in libraries; practical aspects of collecting, cataloging, and shelving erotic publications; the history of modern publishing of erotic or pornographic books; and the issues of their presence in libraries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897744744
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTHA CORNOG has written a wide range of articles on information science, librarianship, and sex, and coauthored, with Timothy Perper, teaching guides on human sexuality.

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Table of Contents

ContentsFor Sex, See Librarian: An IntroductionMartha Cornog and Timothy PerperThe Lure of the ForbiddenG. LegmanWords, Libraries, and MeaningMartha Cornog and Timothy PerperPornography in the Library? Yes!Bill KatzPornography in the Library? No!Will ManleyResearch and Archival Value of Erotica/PornographyVern L.BulloughFeminism, Pornography, and LibrariesChristine JenkinsThe Feminist Attack on Pornography: The Minneapolis and Indianapolis Porn OrdinancesElizabeth M. McKenzieA Case Study of Censorship? The Library of Congress and the Brailling of PlayboyMartha CornogWhat Happens When Libraries Subscribe to Playboy? Martha CornogProviding Access to Materials on SexualityMartha CornogErotica Research CollectionsGwendolyn L. PershingHomosexuality Research CollectionsDaniel C. TsangAccess or Censorship? Libraries and Pornography: An Annotated Selective BibliographyEvelyn Apterbach, Adam Halicki-Conrad, and Mimi B. Penchansky, with additions by Martha CornogAn Annotated Bibliography of Qual

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