May 23, 2022

Preprint: A Statewide Survey Of Censorship And Intellectual Freedom

The following paper has been submitted for publication Library Philosophy and Practice, a peer-reviewed e-journal.


A Statewide Survey Of Censorship And Intellectual Freedom


Kathleen M. Monks
University of Idaho

Anne M. Gaines
University of Idaho

Caitlin A. Marineau
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities


DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska – Lincoln


This article presents the results of a survey given to public and school library workers to gain a foundational understanding of censorship within the state of Idaho. Our population was asked questions regarding position demographics; experience with challenges; the tracking, reporting and assistance sought; and the contents of said challenge policies. Special attention was also given to the history of censorship, both nationally and statewide, and the demographic, political, and legislative characteristics of Idaho, to provide a conceptual framework for the findings. The results of this statewide survey address an important and uninvestigated segment of national challenges and Idaho librarianship.

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