I. Statement of Principle
Each selection for a library media collection* is chosen to build the balance, reliability, and comprehensiveness of the total collection. By providing materials appropriate to the total school program, the school library media center and the school library media specialist assume an integral role in the educational process.
Library materials are selected to contribute to the development of well-rounded, intellectually capable citizens who have an understanding of themselves and others at home and abroad. Materials are also selected to insure that students have access to relevant information which allows careful examination of all sides of an issue.
To this end, the Board of Education and the media centers of Fonda-Fultonville Central School reaffirm and act on the principles adopted by the American Library Association and stated in the Library Bill of Rights and “Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program: An Interpretation of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS”. These principles assert that the responsibility of the library media specialist is to select books and materials which expand a balanced and comprehensive collection.
*Library media collections include print and nonprint materials such as film, filmstrips, audio and video cassettes, computer programs, etc.
II. The Policy
It shall be the policy of the Board to support and, if necessary, defend the district certificated Library Media Specialist in their application of the principles of the Library Bill of Rights and “Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Program: An Interpretation of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS.”
The school media centers accept gifts with the privilege of including and using, at their discretion, those materials which meet their needs. The library media specialist shall decide which gifts will be kept, cataloged, and/or added to the collection. Such materials will be judged by the evaluation criteria of selection used for purchased materials as described in the section on criteria. Gifts of money, including memorial gifts for the purchase of materials, are accepted. All gifts become the property of the Board of Education.
III. Guidelines: What To Select
A. Criteria For Selection
1. Basic – for all forms of media
a. quality of content
b. authority and competency of the author, composer, filmmaker, etc.
c. clarity and accuracy of presentation
d. appropriateness to the interests and skills of the intended users
e. contribution of material to the total collection
f. importance as a record of the times for present and future use
2. Additional – for material supporting classroom projects
a. matches and supports the general goals and objectives of the educational program
b. fosters respect and awareness of the contributions of all members of our pluralistic society; i.e. enhances knowledge of cultural diversity
c. contributes to the development of critical thinking and cultural appreciation in our changing society
B. Tools For Selection
1. Previewing Actual Material – When materials and time are available, so that it is practical, the actual materials will be viewed.
2. Reading Reviews of Material – When material cannot be viewed, reliable professional selection tools will serve to guide the media specialist in choosing material including but not limited to the following: School Library Journal, Library Journal, Booklist, The Book report, The Children’s Catalog, The Horn Book, The New York Times Book Review, Kliatt Paperback Book Guide, Wilson Library Bulletin, etc.