Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Jean E. Lowrie

Second Advisor

Dr. Hardy Carroll

Third Advisor

Dr. Howard Major

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study is to gather statistical evidence to determine attitudes toward the "Best Books for Young Adults" booklist as a positive selection tool for book selectors in public high schools in a three county area. The survey method was used to investigate attitudes towards the list and specific collection holdings of titles recommended by the "Best Books for Young Adults." Data were collected through questionnaires to book selectors in twenty-five high schools in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. Results of the survey indicate that book selectors are ambivalent toward the list, and that selection patterns correlated slightly with rankings of the list among other selection aids.

Results of the survey indicate a need for further research on the possible divergence of book selection philosophy between public library and school library book selectors and on the reassessment of school book selection policies regarding the balance of social, recreational and curricular requirements.