Beyond Fifty Shades—the Whole Crayon Box: Erotica in Public Libraries

A session at MLA/DLA Annual Conference 2013

  • Monica McAbee
  • Kate Dunneback

Thursday 9th May, 2013

9:00am to 10:15am (EST)

The publicity surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey brought new attention to the topic, but public libraries have always faced complex questions about erotica and sexual content in their collections. What are the boundaries of the categories and labels we use? How do we gauge community standards and the changing views of our customers? How do we balance intellectual freedom and customers’ objections? How can we provide good reader’s advisory service to customers who specifically look for – or wish to avoid – erotic content? Hear from a library director, a selection librarian, and a reader’s advisory librarian about these and other questions, and ask ones of your own during the discussion.

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Monica McAbee

Selection Librarian, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System

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Kate Dunneback

Selection Librarian, National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

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Time 9:00am10:15am EST

Date Thu 9th May 2013


Conference 4, Clarion Resort Hotel

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