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Peer Reviewed


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Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration, Scholarship of Faith Integration


A survey of conservative Christian college libraries in the United States and Canada was taken early in 1993 to determine how their librarians handle patron objections to their collections. Surveyed were their policies and procedures, the nature of their support for the Library Bill of Rights, the nature of challenges (84 percent reported students were the objectors), selection of controversial materials, intellectual freedom definitions and level of librarian education. The survey is compared to four other surveys covering academic libraries, and/or public libraries. Included is a sample reconsideration policy and a sample reconsideration form. Having such a policy is shown to be crucial for addressing censorship attempts.


This is Part II of a Lilly grant survey published February, 1994. Part I was published November, 1993.