This is Marilyn Camper, FUMC Livingston Texas. We are working on our Policy & Procedures notebook for our library. Does anyone have a media review policy that they could share? thanks
We don't have a media review policy in writing other than it must meet our the policy we have for our books. I attempt to watch trailers or the movie itself, and check all the ratings for each content subject, before I purchase it. I use Amazon Prime and Netflix to watch the movie and look for trailers with my computer on line. I would love to know what other libraries use, also, so I hope some will share with us.
I will be doing an email blast next week. I will include this request. I need it too!!
We do have a Gift and Selection policy. But after getting burned several times by DVD's I thought were safe and clean, I made up my own based on Plugged In. Now, every movie unless it has stellar reviews from a number of sources, someone takes home the folder, and the movie, and fills it where anything untoward is found: ie, cussing, sex, violence, drugs/alcohol, etc., and what's good- Is the Gospel presented, is there spiritual growth in the protagonist, other characters. Mine is based largely on Plugged in, and I don't want to get into the trouble for plagerism so I cannot give it to you, but check Plugged in- they are very thorough. Also, check Amazon's top and bottom reviews.
This is not a policy that addresses whether a media item is appropriate for a library collection, but in case it helps, I am sharing instructions I gave to writers of media reviews when I was a media review editor for a church publication: