Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



School of Library and Information Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen E. James


The purpose of this research project was to ascertain data and information on the effect of censorship on the selection of media center materials in public elementary school libraries in Georgia. Random samples were sent to each of the 187 school systems in Georgia at the elementary level with a grade range of K-8. The data for the study is based on 101 responses with education, geographical location and district population serving as characteristics of a sample for selection. The significance of these characteristics was tabulated and verified. Although all the media specialists in the study had obtained some degree of certification and training, the results varied somewhat with the following: (1) media specialists in metropolitan and urban areas with advanced degrees were more liberal toward selection of censorship materials and,(2) media specialists in rural areas and those with the minimum degree requirements were more reluctant toward selecting censorship materials.