The decision by school librarians to self-censor: The impact of perceived administrative discomfort

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April Dawkins, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Material selection is one of the school librarian's most important roles because the collectiondetermines the types of materials to which students have access. Self-censorship occurs when aschool librarian chooses not to add material to a collection for fear of a challenge. Often this fearis based on how school librarians believe their own administrators might handle a challenge, butsometimes school librarians choose to limit access to controversial materials to avoid potentialhassle and publicity. In 2016, 470+ school librarians in North and South Carolina participated inan online survey, and 49 were interviewed to help determine factors that influence librarians'selection decisions. This article examines how school librarians' perceptions that administratorsare uncomfortable with controversial materials impact their decision making.

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Teacher Librarian
Language: English
Date: 2018
school librarians, material selection, self-censorship, school administrators , challenged books

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