ERIC Number: ED449804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-14
Censorship of Library Books in School Library Media Centers Today.
For many years, there has been pressure on American schools to restrict or deny students access to books or periodicals deemed objectionable by some individual or group on moral, political, religious, ethnic, racial, or philosophical grounds. Censorship of library books in school media centers is present today. The library media specialist is responsible for maintaining free access to materials through collection development policies, programs, and access policies. Library media specialists promote the principles of intellectual freedom in their media centers by providing resources that create an environment of free inquiry. This paper addresses censorship of library books in school media centers. Discussion falls into the following sections: Selection of a Social Issue and Documentation of its Importance; Description of the Problem in Terms of Multiple Dimensions, Including the Historical Dimension; Selection, Description, and Analysis of the Relevant Political Arena or Arenas: The Political Environment; Creation and Presentation of One Feasible, Political Intervention; and Explication of the Political Intervention Strategy, Including a Critique of its Limitations. Two appendixes include a Request for Reconsideration of Materials form and a descriptive list of the 10 most hated books from 1982 to 1990 according to Stasio (1992). (Contains 18 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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