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The central problem of this study was to attempt to determine what factors influence book selection in small Iowa high schools. The procedure followed used a systematic sampling technique and a questionnaire was mailed to librarians in schools of not more than three hundred students enrolled in the high school. Schools were selected from the Iowa Educational Directory, l 1969-1970, listing of school districts, officials, and student populations. It was hoped that at the conclusion of this study, the findings would show the sources school librarians found most valuable in filling orders: and to try and establish a pattern adopted by these Iowa schools in anticipating challenged materials. It was felt that a need for this particular kind of study existed as evidenced by informal conversations with librarians and library science students, and newspaper publicity being given communities having problems with pressure groups. Also, there is the prevailing attitude that small Iowa communities, as defined by Karl A. Fox in 1996 are conservative and restrictive in their attitudes.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

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Clyde Greve


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