NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED459858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-13
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Attitudes of Library and Information Science Students about Censoring Materials on the Web in a Library Environment.
Harney, Krista
The purpose of this study was to evaluate attitudes of library science students towards censoring controversial materials on the World Wide Web viewed in the library by patrons. The study suggests that some library science students will have moral dilemmas in supplying information that is contrary to their personal beliefs and that factors such as library type, gender, and age all play a role in whether a librarian supports filtering in a library's online computer facilities. An anonymous questionnaire was developed that asked questions about an individual's background along with a series of questions relating to censoring situations pertaining to sexually oriented Internet sites. Eighty responses were received to the questionnaire. Of those respondents, 63 were female and 17 were male. There was a correlation between the type of library an individual works in and the level of censorship he/she would endorse. School librarians tend to advocate censorship more than any other library affiliation. No significant differentiation between genders was found. The numbers were proportionally similar to one another with females censoring slightly less than males overall, except on the topic of sexually explicit materials, which females tended to censor more than males. In this study, the 30-39 age group tended to be the most censorious. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A