Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of the study was to determine what relationship exists between two survey sponsoring organizations and the responses of a randomly selected group of Iowa public high school librarians (n = 200) to a revised version of a library censorship questionnaire developed by Charles H. Busha. One hundred of these librarians received the mailed questionnaires with the stated sponsorship of the Department of Library Science, at the University of Northern Iowa (85% response). The other 100 librarians received the same questionnaire but with the stated sponsorship of the fictitious "Society for Decency in Literature" (55% response). One section of the questionnaire measured the librarians' attitudes toward censorship. Another section measured the librarians' attitudes toward authoritarianism. Analysis of variance found that the Society for Decency in Literature sample indicated a significantly more favorable attitude toward censorship (p < .01) and authoritarianism (p < .05) than the Department of Library Science sample. In conclusion, sponsorship significantly affected the responses of the librarians participating in this survey,
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Library Science
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©1976 Andris E. Kaupins
Kaupins, Andris E., "Sponsorship Biasing Effects on a School Library Censorship Survey" (1976). Graduate Research Papers. 3189.