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ERIC Number: ED345733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Public Libraries' Experiences with and Preparation for Censorship.
Roy, Loriene
This report presents the results of a survey which sought information about Texas public libraries' experiences with censorship. Of the 61 librarians surveyed, 59 responded. The survey results identify: (1) the representativeness of the libraries surveyed by percent of population served; (2) the respondents, grouped by library system; (3) the number of censorship attempts in the last five years (by size of population served and by year of occurrence); (4) the materials objected to; (5) the type of person objecting to these materials and their objections; and (6) the library holdings of 10 controversial titles by size of population served and by rural or nonrural status. It is noted that over the last five years, there were censorship attempts in 36% of the libraries. Censorship attempts were most frequently aimed at juvenile fiction, adult fiction, or juvenile nonfiction. In 62% of the censorship attempts, a parent asked that the item be removed from the library's collection. A major objection to the material was the frank discussion of sexuality. Four appendices contain a copy of the survey instrument; a summary of the results; verbatim responses describing how the library board of trustees was involved in seven censorship attempts; and a list of 10 controversial titles. (11 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas