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A Statewide Survey Of Censorship And Intellectual Freedom, Kathleen M. Monks, Anne M. Gaines, Caitlin A. Marineau Feb 2014

A Statewide Survey Of Censorship And Intellectual Freedom, Kathleen M. Monks, Anne M. Gaines, Caitlin A. Marineau

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This article presents the results of a survey given to public and school library workers to gain a foundational understanding of censorship within the state of Idaho. Our population was asked questions regarding position demographics; experience with challenges; the tracking, reporting and assistance sought; and the contents of said challenge policies. Special attention was also given to the history of censorship, both nationally and statewide, and the demographic, political, and legislative characteristics of Idaho, to provide a conceptual framework for the findings. The results of this statewide survey address an important and uninvestigated segment of national challenges and Idaho librarianship.


Practitioner Strategies For Effective Advocacy Engagement In The Usa, Elizabeth Ann Burns Jan 2014

Practitioner Strategies For Effective Advocacy Engagement In The Usa, Elizabeth Ann Burns

STEMPS Faculty Publications

Increased defunding and destaffing of school libraries in public schools in the United States makes advocating for school library programs increasingly important. Practicing school librarians must develop an understanding of advocacy so they will know how and when to act for their program. Additionally, it is important to identify advocacy strategies so that strong advocacy plans may be developed. This study identifies the activities and practices of advocacy within the library programs of a group of practicing librarians. Findings suggest successful strategies of advocacy follow three themes: building awareness for the school library program, engagement of the librarian in the …


Sustaining Professionalism In The Fields Of Library And Information Studies, Don Hamerly, Bill Crowley Jan 2014

Sustaining Professionalism In The Fields Of Library And Information Studies, Don Hamerly, Bill Crowley

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This essay analyzes the development and status of professionalism in general and in the fields associated with library and information studies (LIS) in particular. The notable American resistance to educated professionalism is explored and placed in its historic, multinational framework. Throughout, the limitations of various theoretical approaches to analyzing professionalism are addressed and more realistic methods of defining professionalism in context are offered. The field of school librarianship is examined as a domain where professionalism and appropriate LIS education are sustained to some degree in law and regulation but face challenges at the system and building level. Expressed preferences of …