ERIC Number: ED233732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Report of a Survey on Censorship in Public Elementary and High School Libraries and Public Libraries in Minnesota.
McDonald, Fran; Stark, Matthew
In late 1981 and early 1982, a total of 775 public secondary school librarians, 507 elementary school librarians, and 324 public librarians in Minnesota were sent questionnaires asking about instances of censorship in their institutions from 1979 to 1981, and about their library selection and reevaluation policies. Response rates of 29 to 32% were obtained. Survey results indicated that 37% of the secondary school librarians, 52% of the elementary school librarians, and 43% of the public librarians reported challenges to library resources. Librarians also reported that 36% of the challenged resources in secondary schools, 33% in elementary schools, and 9% in public libraries were removed or restricted. Most respondents reported having written school board or officially adopted selection or reevaluation procedures for library materials, but less than half of the librarians said that they followed the policies fully. Parents were the largest sources of challenges, while books were the most frequently challenged resource in all libraries. Reasons given for challenges by all three groups of respondents were primarily obscenity, morality, and profanity. Survey report appendices include sample questionnaires, a partial list of challenged titles, and a table comparing survey results from the three groups of respondents. (ESR)
Descriptors: Censorship, Elementary Secondary Education, Library Acquisition, Library Material Selection, Library Materials, Moral Issues, Position Papers, Public Libraries, Questionnaires, School Libraries
Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, 628 Central Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414 ($5.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, Minneapolis.