What is pornography?2.
Does the public think that pornography is accessible at the public libraries of NewHanover and Guilford Counties and on the campuses of UNCG and UNCW.3.
Does the public think we should censor pornography?4.
Would censoring information make sense?
Pornography and the library are not often written about together, but separately, the ideasof censorship, pornography, and especially censoring material in the library are written about alot. Here is some literature I found on the topics of library and pornography use, and censorship:
Deep classification: Pornography, Bibliographic access, and Academic Libraries
” is an article
published by Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services by Juris Dilevko of The
University of Toronto’s Information Studies department and his writer friend Lisa Gottlieb. This
article is specifically about pornography and the academic library. This article is importantbecause it realizes that pornography is part of mainstream culture, it is constantly changing, and
as the article points out, “…As
pornography becomes part of mainstream culture, society will continueto redefine what is obscene or pornographic.
” This article will be helpful in my paper.
-Blocking Software Block Access to Health Information on the Internet?
an article that is particularly relevant to what we are studying at the corps, censorship. Thisarticle, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that depending onhow strict the settings are, health information, particularly about sexuality can be restricted. Thehighest settings blocked about 90 percent of pornography sites and nearly one quarter of healthsites, while the lower and middle settings blocked out nearly the same amount of pornographyand five percent or lower on health information sites. The results were that questions aboutsexuality could be blocked a lot more than other health questions, and that lower settingsblocked less health info with almost the same amount effectiveness against porn sights.
Selection and Cataloging of Adult Pornography Web Sites for Academic Libraries
” is an article
by the same authors, Dilevko and Gottlieb, and focuses on ways to catalog these websites. Onceagain the duo suggests that academic libraries(not public) should be cataloging adult websitessince they say that they are increasingly apart of mainstream culture.
“Take the Library Porn Challenge” is an article found in the
Journal of Access Services
and is taking astrong stance against porn in libraries. It is written by an author calling themselves, Annoyed Librarian,but the author certainly raises good points about usage of public funds, and pokes fun of the notion thatlibrarians are supposed to just give access to information no matter what it is. Annoyed Librarian raisesissues about what is information. She argues that just watching people have sex for pleasure cannotconstitute information. The librarian wants people to think rationally about what materials and services
the library collects and offers, and they do not want it to be collecting “Juggs” and “Barely Legal”
magazines. The librarian says that
anything done in a public place cannot be a private act
and that iswhy she wants libraries to consider not turning a blind eye to people looking at pornography at libraries.
“Who Wants to Censor Pornography and Hate Speech?” is an article published in
MassCommunication and Society by Dr. Jennifer Lambe of the University of Delaware. It shows that