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Covert censorship in libraries: a discussion paper

Moody, Kim E. (2005) Covert censorship in libraries: a discussion paper. Australian Library Journal, 54(2), pp. 138-147.

Abstract

Librarians, through their professional associations, have long been committed to the social justice principle of free access to information. External censorship challenges to library collections threaten this principle overtly. However, censorship can also occur in libraries in various covert and often unconcious ways. This discussion paper raises concerns about current librarian practices and library processes which can effectively censor library collections from within. The paper concludes by highlighting specific areas of practice in which librarians need to be vigilant for such covert censorship.

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ID Code: 3071
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: censorship, library policy, acquisitions policy, free access to information, library processes
ISSN: 0004-9670
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Kim E. Moody
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:29

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