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Selection and censorship: librarians and their collections

Selection and censorship: librarians and their collections Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues raised in the report, Hate on the State , published in 2007. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a reflective viewpoint that debates the points made in the report and their wider implications for the profession. Findings – The report raised key issues around censorship, and the role of the librarian in selecting a balanced collection for their public. These concerns need to be debated at length, since they represent fundamental professional concerns. Practical implications – The paper debates key professional concerns and how changes in stock procurement may lead to future occurrences of such controversies. Originality/value – This is the only editorial to date related to this report in library literature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

Selection and censorship: librarians and their collections

Library Review , Volume 57 (5): 4 – May 23, 2008

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0024-2535
DOI
10.1108/00242530810875122
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues raised in the report, Hate on the State , published in 2007. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a reflective viewpoint that debates the points made in the report and their wider implications for the profession. Findings – The report raised key issues around censorship, and the role of the librarian in selecting a balanced collection for their public. These concerns need to be debated at length, since they represent fundamental professional concerns. Practical implications – The paper debates key professional concerns and how changes in stock procurement may lead to future occurrences of such controversies. Originality/value – This is the only editorial to date related to this report in library literature.

Journal

Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 23, 2008

Keywords: Censorship; Librarians; Collections management; Public libraries

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