SBDM Programmatic Policy 10

Last Updated: 9/29/2020 7:56 PM

Selection Policy for South Oldham High School Library Media Center

a. Purpose

The objective of the selection policy is to define the many considerations a library media specialist must apply when making decisions about resources available to students and teachers. The selection policy applies to all materials found in the library including print and nonprint materials.

b. Selection Authority and Responsibility

The final responsibility for selection of materials for the Library Media Center lies with the Media Specialist and is based upon needs listed in the CSIP and the curriculum. 

c. Selection Criteria

The following criteria are used as a guide to provide for informational and recreational needs: literary and artistic excellence; lasting importance or significance to a field of knowledge; contribution to the curriculum and the educational goals of the school; a wide range of abilities, interests, and learning styles; timeliness of material; contribution to the breadth and diversity of representative viewpoints on controversial issues; reflection of the pluralistic nature of a global society; suitability of format and appearance for intended use; value commensurate with cost and/or need; freedom from stereotyping (e.g., sexism, racism, etc.); accuracy of content; appropriateness for students with special needs; high degree of potential user appeal; quality, durability, and variety of format; relevance to parents, teachers or other adults involved in the innovative education of high potential students; favorable reviews found in standard selection sources; favorable recommendations based on preview and examination of materials by professional personnel, adults with special expertise or students; reputation and significance of the author, producer and publisher.

d. Selection Procedures

In selecting materials for purchase, the Library Media Specialist evaluates the existing collection and consults reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared selection aids as well as specialists from all departments and/or all grade levels.  Gift materials are judged by basic selection standards and are accepted or rejected by these standards. Multiple copies of items much in demand are purchased as needed, not to exceed five (5) copies. Worn or missing standard items are replaced periodically. Out-of-date materials or those no longer useful are withdrawn from the collection in order to maintain the integrity of the collection.

e. Selection Tools

The Library Media Specialist selects materials using the following selection tools: curriculum, teacher recommendations, student and parent recommendations, professional review journals, and vendor catalogs.

Adopted:March 27, 2007