Library Materials Selection--Our Policy
"Materials Selection" refers to the decision to add material to the collection or to retain materials already in the collection. Final responsibility for materials selection rests with the Library Director, although responsibility for recommendations may be delegated to other members of the staff. Suggestions from the public are welcome.
Here are the General Principles that guide us in the Materials Selection and Retention process:
The DISTRICT provides a forum for gaining access to information, ideas, and promoting intellectual freedom. The following basic principles will guide its materials selections:
- Books and other library resources will be provided for the education, information, and recreation of all people of the community. These materials are generally purchased from mainstream publishers and distributors.
- Within reason, the DISTRICT will make every effort to provide a balanced collection representing diverse viewpoints. Materials will not be excluded because of the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation.
- Textbooks or other curriculum-related materials will be acquired only when recognized as the best source for the general public in that subject area.
- Each item considered for purchase or deselection will also be evaluated with respect to its:
- Contemporary significance, i.e. positive attention of critics, reviews and the public
- Popular interest, whether expressed or anticipated by patron request
- Author reputation and/or authority in the field
- Clarity, accuracy and organization; comprehensiveness
- Date of publication (to maintain the most up-to-date collection while striving to preserve key works in a field)
- Relationship to existing collection
- Insight into or perspective of human and social conditions
- Author being from Colorado
- Durability/Quality of the format
- Availability elsewhere in the community
An item need not meet all of these criteria to be selected.