Materials Selection Policy
Community Library's mission is to create environments for all to access information, pursue interests, discover community heritage and interact with each other.
To select, organize, and make available library materials to the people of
To stimulate an interest in reading as a source of pleasure,
relaxation, and recreation. To provide additional materials for teachers and
students of the Big Walnut School District. To assist patrons in obtaining
library materials not owned by Community Library.
Scope of Collection:
In a free society, information on many points of view in many fields of
endeavor must be readily available. Community Library serves the public as a
general center of information and diverse ideas. It has the responsibility of
providing materials reflecting both majority and minority views.
Library Board of Trustees believes education is a universal and lifelong
process. For the self-directed, the library is a center of thought and
knowledge. The library recognizes its obligations to provide reference and
research materials for direct answering of specific questions and for continuing
research. It also recognizes the purpose and resource of other libraries in the
community and shall not needlessly duplicate functions and materials. Community
Library is not a supervisor of public morals. In 1970, the Board of Trustees
adopted the Library Bill of Rights as attached. The library believes in the
right and obligation of parents and guardians to guide moral development of
their children. Adults may choose or reject library materials for themselves but
never for another adult. The library recognizes its role in collecting the local
history of the community and the genealogies of families in the community. These
materials will be actively sought, protected, and stored in the heritage
collection. The collection will primarily concentrate on the Big Walnut area
with additional information on Delaware County, Ohio, and other areas from which
the local settlers came. A staff member will be trained to share the local
history materials with the community.
Responsibility for the selection of library materials shall be vested in the
library director. The library director may delegate to trained staff the
authority to interpret and guide the application of the policy in day-to-day
selection. Any materials so selected shall be held to be selected by the board.
Questions concerning materials will be referred to the director for resolution.
Selection of library materials will be from reviews in Publisher's Weekly, New
York Times Book Review, Booklist, Wilson Library Journal, Library Journal,
School Library Journal, VOYA, Hornbook, WEB, Ohio Children's Book Review, and
other reputable review sources as well as criticism appearing in selection aids,
periodicals, brochures, and bibliographies and/or upon reading and examination
of materials by staff members.
Criteria for selection:
- The importance of the subject matter to the collection.
- Community demands,
needs and availability in community.
- Inclusion in standard
bibliographies or indexes.
- Suitability of physical format for library purposes
including possibility of rebinding.
Donations of library materials will only be taken with the understanding the
library director will apply the criteria for selection to each individual title.
Those needed in the collection will be added. Those not used in the collection
will be sold by Community Library Friends.
Community Library will accept
donations of money for the purchase of materials to serve as memorials or to
honor individuals. The library director will work with the donor to purchase
materials which are meaningful to the family and the donor
Systematic withdrawal of materials no longer useful is necessary in order to
maintain relevant resources. The same criteria used in adding the materials to
the collection will be used in removing them. The guidelines for weeding, as set
forth in the CREW Manual, will be used by the library director in making
the decision on each item.
Materials withdrawn from the collection will be
offered to the Community Library Friends for resale or recycled through other
local organizations who may be able to use the materials. Any materials not sold
or recycled will be disposed of in the most energy efficient and cost effective
The selection of materials is predicated on the library patron's right to
read and freedom to view and, similarly, freedom from censorship by others. Much
material is controversial and any given item may offend some persons. Selections
for this library will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or
disapproval but solely on the criteria for selection.
Community Library holds
censorship to be a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is
free to reject materials for oneself, one cannot exercise this right of
censorship to restrict the freedom of others. Selection will not be inhibited by
the possibility that the materials may inadvertently come into the possession of
minors. Parents or legal guardians who do not want their children to have access
to certain library services, materials or facilities, should so advise their
children. Librarians and the Board of Trustees cannot assume the role of parents
or function as authority in the private relationship between parent and child.
for reconsideration of materials:
library will reconsider any material in its collection upon written
request from a patron. If a complaint is made the following procedure is
to be followed:
patron will be given the "Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of
Library Material" form to complete.
completed form along with the material (if possible) will be given to the
library director will locate the source from which the material was
the material appears to meet the criteria for selection, the patron will
be notified and the material will be returned to the shelf. If
the patron has read/viewed the material in its entirety and is not
satisfied with the library director's decision the reconsideration
committee will review the material. (Skip to #6)
the library director finds the material does not meet the criteria for
selection the reconsideration committee will review the material.
reconsideration committee will consist of the library director, the
assistant library director, and the head of the department in which the
material is housed. The committee will undertake the following:
view or listen to the challenged material in its entirety;
the selection process and the criteria for selection;
reviews and recommended lists to determine recommendations by the experts
to discuss the challenge;
a recommendation for removal, retention, or replacement
Board of Trustees and the patron will be notified of the recommendation of
the reconsideration committee.
8. If the patron is not satisfied with the reconsideration committee's
finding, the complaint will be forwarded to the Community Library Board of
Trustees for review.
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