Defense File

In most instances, the first line of defense would be to outline library collection development policy.

I would then refer the challenger to passages from the following  ALA resources*:

The Library Bill of Rights

Intellectual Freedom Manual

Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors

*I have included additional defense resources for each book entry.

Some of the books in my collection are more likely to be challenged than others.  Rather than collect reviews on every book included, I would hear out the complaint of the challenger, have them file a formal complaint if they are not satisfied with my initial response, and then conduct research to find reviews supporting my choice to keep it in the collection.

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Defense File

The First Time (Film)

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Title: The First Time (Film)

Director: Jon Kasdan

Production Company: Samual Goldwyn Films

Release Date: 2012

Plot Summary:

Dave believe he is in love with his friend Jane. While rehearsing his declaration of love, he meets a girl named Aubrey. Dave and Aubrey have an instant connection, and when the party is broken up by the cops, he goes home with her. Aubrey claims to have a boyfriend, and the next morning Dave escapes out the window. After conferring with his friends, Dave decides that maybe the boyfriend is not real, so he attempts to contact Aubrey. They end up going to the same movie, with Aubrey’s very real boyfriend in tow. Dave invites her to a party and finds out she plans to lose her virginity to her boyfriend. Dave tries to convince her otherwise, but she leaves with her boyfriend anyways. She calls Dave later and asks him to pick her up because she has just broke up with her boyfriend. It is clear that she and Dave have a mutual attraction, so they decide to try to make things happen between them.

Critical Evaluation:

A great movie, but not one that I would personally want my own teen watching. The topic of sex is treated very cavalierly, and both teens seem eager to shed their virginity. They don’t really seem to care with whom. It is approached more as a rite of passage than a decision with potential consequences. The main characters in the movie are prone to rather long philosophical monologues, but nevertheless they have strong chemistry on screen.

Viewer’s Annotation: There is a first for everything.

About the Director:

Jon Kasdan is an actor and writer, known for The First Time (2012), In the Land of Women (2007) and Silverado (1985).”

Genre: comedy, drama, romance

Curriculum Ties: health

Discussion Ideas:

  • Discuss the importance of safe sex (perhaps in a health class environment)

Rating: PG-13

Challenge Issues: teen sexuality, teen partying, objectionable language

Defense File:

Challenged Materials: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights: 1989-;90 CD #61.2

Chapter 5 of Youth, Pornography, and the Internet (2002)

Justification of Selection: This a great movie with clever dialogue and a realistic depiction of teen relationships.

References:

IMDB. (n.d). Jon Kasdan biography. IMDB. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0440459/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

The First Time (Film)

The Amazing Spider-man (Film)

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Title: The Amazing Spider-Man (Film)

Director: Marc Webb

Production Company: Columbia Pictures

Release Date: 2012

Plot Summary:

Peter Parker is an average teen living with his aunt and uncle after his parents mysteriously disappear in the night. One day, Peter finds some research papers concealed by his father that link him to the company, Oscorp. Intrigued by what he has discovered and wanting to know more, Peter sneaks into an Oscorp lab where he is bitten by a radioactive spider. Shortly after, Peter begins displaying superhuman, spider-like abilities. Eventually he finds his father’s former partner, Dr. Connors, and gives him the missing piece of his research. Shortly after, a family tragedy drives Peter to embrace the life of a vigilante. After an experiment goes terribly wrong, he is faced with a foe that has unique superhuman abilities as well.

Critical Evaluation:

This film did well in the box offices, but the casting was mediocre. I personally prefer the cast of the Spider-man movie released in 2002. Although generally a fan of Emma Stone, I was not impressed by her version of Gwen Stacy. Andrew Garfield portrayed a convincing Peter Parker, appropriately nerdy with a boy next door appeal, but I did not find him particularly interesting to watch. The special effects were very good, as has come to be the expectation for modern day superhero movies.

Viewer’s Annotation: Geek by day. Superhero by night.

About the Director:

Marc Webb was born on August 31, 1974. He is a director and producer, known for The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), (500) Days of Summer (2009) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).”

Genre: action, adventure, fantasy

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Discussion Ideas:

  • Discuss “dream” casting choices for the main characters.

Rating: PG-13

Challenge Issues: violence

Defense File:

Violence in the Media: A Joint Statement: 2000-2001 CD #19.3

Justification of Selection: Marvel comics have wide appeal among teen boys.

References:

IMDB. (n.d.). Marc Webb biography. IMDB. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1989536/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

The Amazing Spider-man (Film)

Teen Vogue (Magazine)

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Title: Teen Vogue (Magazine)

Distributer: Condé Nast

Copyright Date: 2015

Content:

This magazine is a picture saturated guide to high fashion. It is riddled with ads for clothes and beauty products and it includes advice about fashion and celebrity interviews. Its main categories are fashion, entertainment, and beauty, but it does include a smattering of other articles pertaining to DIY projects and teen issues.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a magazine with very little substance and a lot of superficial content. It is perfect for a teen who wishes to zone out and look at pretty pictures of their favorite celebrities.

About the Distributer:

The prints and images you will find on http://www.condenaststore.com are being offered by Condé Nast, home to some of the world’s most celebrated media brands. Around the world, Condé Nast properties define excellence in their categories. Now, through art.com, Condé Nast is pleased to present you with an opportunity to own art reproductions and prints from its archive of iconic imagery as well as its collection of cartoons provided by the notable artists of The New Yorker.”

Genre: beauty, fashion

Interest Age: Ages 13+

Justification of Selection: This is a popular magazine among teen subscribers.

References:

Condé Nast. (2011). About us. Condé Nast Collection. Retrieved from http://www.condenaststore.com/help/aboutus.html

Teen Vogue (Magazine)

Teen Ink (Magazine)

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Title: Teen Ink (Magazine)

Publisher: The Young Authors Foundation, Inc.

Copyright Date: Unknown

Content:

This is a resource that offers both a print version and an online version to schools and libraries nationwide. All published works, including photos, are contributed by teen writers and artists. Submissions are carefully reviewed and selected by member of The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. Examples of the types of content published are: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews, art/photos, and videos. There are also a couple chat forums on the website that allow teens to interact with each other regarding topics such as collaborative writing and shared hobbies.

Critical Evaluation:

It is rare to find a publication that publishes work exclusively from teens. There are no staff writers and it is an entirely non-profit organization. All high schools and libraries should distribute this magazine to teens because it promotes creativity and positivity.

About the Publisher:

“Teen Ink is an independent print publication of The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. We are not affiliated with any individual, group or organization. We receive our income from four sources: advertisers in the magazine who support our goals and want to reach teenagers with their message; tax-deductible donations people have made to our charitable nonprofit foundation; payment for subscriptions of the print magazine requested by schools for their students; and all royalties from the sale of the Teen Ink books and products.

The Young Authors Foundation feels strongly that one of the greatest needs of young people is to preserve their sense of self-worth. Teen Ink‘s role is to listen to its contributors and provide a forum in which teens can express themselves through poetry, essays, stories, reviews, art and photography.”

Genre: creative writing, teen art

Interest Age: Ages 13-19

Justification of Selection: This magazine contains work by teens for teens.

References:

The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. (n.d.). Teen Ink FAQ. Teen Ink. Retrieved from http://www.teenink.com/About/FAQ.php

Teen Ink (Magazine)

Student Resources in Context (Database)

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Title: Student Resources in Context (Database)

Interface of: Gale

Copyright Date: 2015

Summary:

The main tabs for this resource center are: browse topics, maps, and curriculum standards. The site contains information in the categories of: biography, business and economics, geography, government, history, literature and the arts, science and health, social issues, sports, and world cultures and religions. If one clicks on a link for a subject, they are taken to a page with a brief overview and definition of the subject. Beneath the overview are resources displayed in the following categories: featured content, reference, images, audio, video, news, magazines, academic journals, critical essays, and related topics.

Critical Evaluation:

This is an amazing resources that would allow student users to broaden or narrow the scope of their research with ease. If they need only general information about the topic, that is provided in the topic overview. If they need more in depth information, they can look through the aforementioned categories to determine which types of resources best meet their needs. The divisions between the categories are a huge time saver, and students can feel confident that they are receiving quality resources. This saves even more time, and prevents students from receiving faulty information from the online search engines.      

About Gale:

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, believes the library is the heart of its community, driving meaningful and measurable outcomes for individual users and groups. Gale is a partner to libraries and businesses looking to deliver educational content, tools and services to support entrepreneurship, encourage self-directed learning, aid in research and instruction, and provide enlightening experiences. Gale has been a leading provider of research and education resources to libraries for 60 years and is committed to supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries and their users.”

Curriculum Ties: All subjects

Interest Group: Grades 7-12

Justification of Selection: This is an excellent source for personal and academic research.

References:

Gale. (2015). A passion for libraries. Gale. Retrieved from http://www.cengage.com/search/showresults.do?N=197

 

Student Resources in Context (Database)

Sports Illustrated (Magazine)

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Title: Sports Illustrated (Magazine)

Publisher: Unknown

Copyright Date: Unknown

Content:

This magazine keeps readers informed about all things sports. There are articles about athletes as well as statistics, information about games and players, and numerous pictures. Among the sports included are: football, basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, and golf.

As sports are one of the topics that teen boys express most interest in, it comes as no surprise that Sports Illustrated offers a subscription discount to students.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a perfect resource to keep in a teen space. It inspires leisurely reading and looking at the pictures can serve as a relaxing past time for teens. There are very few magazines available that cover the same breadth of sports topics as this one, and that makes it a catchall for most sport enthusiasts.

About the Publisher: N/A

Genre: sports, health

Interest Age: Ages 15+

Challenge Issues: The scandalous annual swimsuit edition!

Justification of Selection: Teen boys love sports!

References: N/A

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