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The purpose of this study was to determine if a gap exists between the perceived expectation that Georgia elementary media specialists support intellectual freedom and their practice of materials selection. Randomly chosen media specialists were sent a questionnaire, results of which were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The majority of the media specialists employ established criteria to select materials. Of those responding, 62.4% agreed that media specialists should articulate principles of intellectual freedom and oppose censorship. Close to half use their own political or aesthetic views when selecting materials. They have engaged in censorship in circumstances where the selection of materials would cause bad public relations or where language or sexual references could be offensive. Over half had placed materials on restricted use. Georgia elementary media specialists strongly feel that the nature of an elementary media specialist's job necessitates that some censorship take place. Nine out of 10 respondents reported that selection choices are a value judgement appropriate for their patrons as opposed to a First Amendment question. The research shows that the unique mission of the elementary media center has perpetuated a different interpretation of freedom of information due to budget constraints and to the young age of the media center patrons. A copy of the survey instrument and examples of open-ended responses are appended. (Contains 22 references.) (KRN)

Descriptors: Censorship, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Intellectual Freedom, Learning Resources Centers, Librarians, Library Material Selection, Library Policy, Library Surveys, Media Specialists, Questionnaires, School Libraries, Statistical Analysis











Author: Grigg, Karen L.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8932&id=ED360955







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