Selection and Cataloging of Adult Pornography Web Sites for Academic Libraries

Dilevko, Juris; Gottlieb, Lisa
January 2004
Journal of Academic Librarianship;Jan2004, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p36
Academic Journal
This study proposes that academic libraries in the U.S. should provide access to adult pornographic Web sites by including them in their online catalogs, in essence adding the sites to their own collections. Both public and academic libraries have increasingly turned their attention toward acquiring, cataloging, and processing electronic resources, including Internet resources. As of January 2001, over 350 libraries in the U.S. contributed to the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog, which facilitates the development and sharing of catalog records for Internet resources. In terms of selecting which Web sites to catalog, the professional consensus has been that the acquisition of these materials is essentially a collection development issue. Following a brief discussion on adult pornography in current academic discourse, this study presents a theoretical collection development model for academic libraries that is intended to guide the selection of adult pornography Web sites. This study uses the work of scholars who analyze and discuss pornography to create five different selection categories and then presents sample Web sites that meet the criteria of each of the five categories.


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