M.A. in School and Public Librarianship
Special Educational Services/Instruction
College of Education
Shontz, Marilyn L.
Libraries--Censorship--New Jersey; School librarians--New Jersey
Library and Information Science
Middle school librarians are faced with difficult decisions when choosing books for the middle school library collection because of the students' ages, and involvement from the administration, staff, parents and special interest groups who want to protect children from certain material. Middle school librarians may willingly or unwillingly participate in self-censorship to avoid confrontation. Middle school librarians in New Jersey were surveyed to investigate self-censorship practices. They were asked to share information about their library collection, their library policies and procedures and their thought processes during book selection. Based on the results of the study it was concluded that middle school librarians' philosophies of book selection, students' right to read, and censorship vary and that middle school librarians struggle with self-censorship.
Johnson, Candace V., "Self-censorship by middle school librarians" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 728.