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The purpose of this study is to explore a sample of middle school library collections to determine if titles recommended by the ALA's Notable Children's Book list from 2012 to 2016 that may contain controversial topics and those not likely to contain controversial topics are equally represented within the collections.

In order to determine the prevalence of self-censorship in Iowa middle school libraries that employ a teacher librarian, eight rural and eight urban middle schools were randomly chosen. Each school's catalog was examined to determine the presence or absence of selected titles within the school's library collection. The selected titles were organized into two separate lists; one of works not likely to contain controversial content and the other of titles previously identified as containing controversial content. After the data was thoroughly examined and compared, only 2 schools were identified to self-censor.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Karla Krueger


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