Required Reading: Dragon Ball and Libraries

Topic started by gia on Oct. 12, 2009. Last post by MoonStorm 5 years, 5 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13

 Dragon Ball has its naughty moments.
 Dragon Ball has its naughty moments.
Amidst the community of manga bloggers and experts online are a handful of people involved in libraries, public or school. As such, the recent news that the original Dragon Ball manga had been challenged and removed from a school library shared between elementary and middle school students leads to an excellent roundtable at the School Library Journal. Started off with's Brigid Alverson, the brief roundtable went through the thoughts of Brooklyn school media specialist Esther Keller, Brookline Public Library Reference and Teen Librarian Robin Brenner, Alameda Free Library child librarian Eva Volin, and manga blogger Katherine Dacey.

It's an interesting piece from the librarian's point of view, and they seem to mostly agree that a librarian can most certainly make a mistake in the book-buying process and that such a mistake should be corrected. However, they do point out the need for more information-- preferably from manga publishers --about what's in manga, to make the decisions easier for librarians. They also note that at least the library has a process for dealing with problems like this, though they hope that we all take a little lesson and take library challenges to the library directly before heading to the city council.

It's a good read, and not too long, so be sure to check it out.
Post by sunflower (191 posts) See mini bio Level 1
They approached it in the reasonable manner I wish everyone would.  I too think a number of problems would be cleared up if they had more information on what is behind the ratings for each book, not just for their own purposes but also so that they could pass it along to the parents so they could make more informed decisions too.
Post by MoonStorm (360 posts) See mini bio Level 9
It a shame of what happened but the librarian make a good descution of the issue that I can mostly agree with. 
The only factor I can think of that was not covered was 'time'. Over time our standards change adding in japan's standards make things a bit more complicated. Dragon Ball started in 1984, I'm not sure what was going on back then but maybe people were less uptight about nudity when in it is done in a comical way.
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