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ERIC Number: EJ913571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-1061
Censorship or Selection? Academic Library Holdings of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2007
Best, Rickey
Education Libraries, v33 n2 p18-35 Win 2010
Academic libraries often serve as the protectors of challenged books. Pressure on public libraries to remove controversial works can and often does result in the restriction of access or removal of the work from those libraries shelves. Academic libraries, however, operate with a stronger sense of academic and intellectual freedom. To analyze how well academic libraries do in acquiring and making available books which appear on the American Library Association's Challenged Books list, the list for 2007 was analyzed in WorldCat to determine the number and overall percentage of academic libraries holding the titles. Overall, 29.94% of the libraries holding challenged books were academic libraries. (Contains 39 endnotes and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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