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Full Frontal Shelving: Erotica in the Library

Presentation with Anna Mickelsen for the NYLA Public Libraries Section Spring Conference

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Full Frontal Shelving: Erotica in the Library

  1. 1. Full-Frontal ShelvingErotica in the LibraryAnna Mickelsen, Springfield City Library, MAKristi Chadwick, Emily Williston Memorial LibraryEasthampton, MA
  2. 2. Erotica vs. Pornography: Whats theDifference?pornography (n.)1: the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexualexcitement2: material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended tocause sexual excitement3: the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intenseemotional reaction <the pornography of violence>erotica (n.)1: literary or artistic works having an erotic theme or quality2: depictions of things erotic from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary
  3. 3. Erotica vs. Pornography: Whats theDifference?From Amazon forum: "When does Erotica turn into Porn?""Erotica turns into porn when there is not an HEA (Happily EverAfter).""I think the classification of erotica vs. porn is simply sex with plot andcharacter development vs. sex without any plot and characterdevelopment.""Some people think erotica is a better class or writing and descriptionthan pornography, while others feel theyre too similar to define."http://www.amazon.com/When-Erotica-turn-into-Porn/forum/Fx3L4CJOU55BMQG/Tx2YBS2XMCS9ORJ/1?_encoding=UTF8&asin=1416580956
  4. 4. PerceptionOne persons erotica is another persons porn.http://benefitpoint.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/e-p-l-in-islamic-finance-perception-what-is-it/
  5. 5. You Have What in the Library?Image via www.internetevolution.com
  6. 6. What Do You Mean, I Already Have It?:Reviewing Your CollectionSubject headings● "Erotic stories"● "Erotic fiction"● "Erotica"● OverDrive:"Erotic Literature"
  7. 7. Combined Catalog Searches From 22 New YorkPublic Library Systems
  8. 8. *Excludes OverDrive results
  9. 9. 19541748-17491928 1973Classic Titles1977
  10. 10. Romantic Times: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/genre/eroticaLibrary Journal: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/tag/e-originals/Just Erotic Romance Reviews: http://www.justeroticromancereviews.com/Rainbow Reviews (LGBT): http://www.rainbow-reviews.com/Social media:http://www.goodreads.com/genres/eroticahttp://www.librarything.com/tag/eroticaFinding Titles to Add: Reviews
  11. 11. If you dontthink patronsare borrowingerotic titles, youmay not belooking at theright shelves.Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa,Reading Her Kindle, After Mary Cassattvia Flickr cc license Mike Licht,NoltionsCapital.com
  12. 12. Ordering Erotica through OverDrivesContent Reserve
  13. 13. OverDrive Content ReserveSubject term: "eroticliterature"Actual subject term, willshow over 90% of erotictitles availableOverDrive Content ReserveSubject term: "eroticromance"Not listed as subject term inrecord.
  14. 14. Digital Publishers of Erotic TitlesAvailable to Libraries*● Elloras Cave● Carina Press (Harlequin)● Spice● Total E-Bound Publishing● Dreamspinner Press (M/M)● X-Cite Books● Andrews U.K.● Cleis Press● Constable & Robinson● Red Sage Publishing *Currently in OverDrive
  15. 15. Please do not try any new sexualpractice without the guidance of anexperienced practitioner. Neitherthe publisher nor the author willbe responsible for any loss, harm,injury, or death resulting from useof the information contained inthis book.Used with permission.--Club Shadowlands front material
  16. 16. ● Appeal factors● Readers Advisory ("How hot do you like it?")● Read for yourself!● When is this trend going to end?Lets Talk Fifty Shades
  17. 17. 1983 2012
  18. 18. November 2012April 2012
  19. 19. Promoting Your Collection● Bookmarks● Displays● Book groups● Readings● Librarian sneak attacks
  20. 20. Must-Haves:● Up-to-date collection development policy● Support from supervisors/Board for collectiondevelopment in this area● Request for Reconsideration Form and trainingfor staffDealing with Pushback
  21. 21. "Within the month after the ALA Annual Conference ended, Immediate Past-president Sarah AnnLong received some 700 letters protesting the inclusion of a program titled "Erotica in Libraries,"sponsored by the Alternatives in Print Task Force of SRRT.""700 Letters Protest Erotica Conference Program." American Libraries Sept. 2000: 8. Gale PowerSearch. Web. 29 Apr. 2013."The Northwest Florida Regional Library -- which serves Bay, Gulf and Liberty conties -- orderedthe popular book [50 Shades of Grey] last month after it shot to the top of the New York TimesBest Seller list and was featured on national television. The books never made it to the shelves,however, because by the time they arrived, many libraries were barring the book.""Bay County library reviewing controversial book." News Herald [Panama City, FL] 30 May 2012.Gale Power Search. Web. 29 Apr. 2013."...where public libraries are going begging financially, she [Dunneback] would have us usescarce resources to purchase marginal materials instead of meeting more legitimate collectiondevelopment needs? I dont think so. If users want access to this genre they can utilizeinterlibrary loan while our collection development money will be used for other, more importantuses."Boyer, Harold N. "Pushing erotica." Library Journal 1 Apr. 2013: 10. Gale Power Search. Web. 29Apr. 2013.
  22. 22. "It’s never beeneasier to satisfypatrons’ desire forthis hot lit."-Katie Dunneback, "Erotica:Full-Frontal Shelving", LibraryJournal, Feb 15, 2013
  23. 23. Thank You!Anna Mickelsenamickelsen@springfieldlibrary.orgTwitter: @helgagraceKristi Chadwickkchadwick@cwmars.orgTwitter: @booksnyarn