[library-media] Common Sense Media

Lanell Rabner lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
Thu Nov 18 10:35:40 MST 2010


Thanks Sarah! Excellent food for thought. How do you you 
all keep on top of current webinars and the like? I'm just 
now starting to dig through way too many emails that have 
been neglected for a couple of weeks now. I am so looking 
forward to Thanksgiving!!!

~lanell

On Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:28:51 +0000
  Sarah Herron <Sarah.Herron at slcschools.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> Using the ratings from Common Sense has started several 
>discussions about censorship. In this fall's ALA Banned 
>Book Week presentation/webinar, this website was 
>specifically mentioned. Speak's ratings page was shown, 
>pointing out that it could be a possible deterrent for 
>students to read this powerful book. An anecdotal example 
>in the webinar mentioned a father following their child 
>around the library stacks, checking out the titles on the 
>website on his phone, and then recommending to his child 
>to put the books back. The point was to watch out for 
>adults using this website with books in your stacks since 
>it may lead to a possible book challenge. Most recently, 
>in November's School Library Journal, Todd Strasser wrote 
>a letter to the SLJ editor entitled "Dirty Minds?" 
>describing his struggle to understand the Common Sense 
>rating of his book, Give a Boy a Gun.
> 
> I am not saying that the Common Sense ratings are 
>invalid or suspect; I think that it is good for us as 
>library media specialists to be aware of what sources our 
>parents may rely on as content filters. I am saying is 
>that it is important for us to use multiple sources for 
>book ratings/reviews so we can respond to their questions 
>and/or challenges.
> 
> Sarah
> 
> Sarah G. Herron
> Library Technology Teacher
> WHS Technology Coordinator
> West High School
> 241 N. 300 West
> Salt Lake City, UT 84105
> 
> **Please note my address change: 
>sarah.herron at slcschools.org **
> 
> sarah.herron at slcschools.org
> 801-578-8500 X271 Telephone
> 801-578-8524 Fax
> 
> "I find television very educating. Every time somebody 
>turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a 
>book."   Groucho Marx
> 

Lanell Rabner
Librarian
Springville High School
1205 East 900 South
Springville, Utah 84663 USA
801.489.2870
lanell.rabner at nebo.edu


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