Question About Status Terminology


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Question About Status Terminology

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Muokkaaja: syyskuu 15, 2008, 6:29am

I've been inputting further details on comments section of the entries I've already done from Beacon and something occurred to me. I've been using Beacon's status information (i.e. when they call something banned or censored) because I thought that was what we wanted to do? I notice now I'm looking more closely at details that they use 'Banned' to refer to books that, for example, have been challenged successfully and moved from junior high to high school libraries.

So, my question is, are you all happy to keep using 'banned' for these examples (which I have been doing thus far) or do you think this justifies marking as something else? I have no opinion either way so I'm just throwing this one out there for the group....

syyskuu 15, 2008, 6:59am

My understanding is that if a book is banned, it was actually removed. So, your example of a successful challenge where the book was removed from school shelves counts as a banning.

If the challenged failed, and the books remained, then we would mark it as challenged.

syyskuu 17, 2008, 5:57am

What are we actually meaning by censored, btw? Bits removed or altered like Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, which had US libraries drawing shorts on drawings of a nude boy, or something else?

syyskuu 17, 2008, 6:04am

I've been updating from Beacon at the moment and keeping their own terminology so it hasn't really come up but my understanding, for cases where the info source doesn't specify a term, is:

Banned = Competely removed (from shelves or circulation or library etc.)
Censored = Extant but altered in some way to conform
Challenged = Presence challenged but book remains.

Don't know what the others think?

syyskuu 17, 2008, 7:13am

That sums up my thinking exactly, klarusu.

I'm fairly certain those three cover everything that I've ever come across. Does anyone know of any others we might need to add?