The selection policy of the La Porte County Public Library supports the general mission of the Library, the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Freedom to View Statement.
Library materials representing a wide range of interests and reading levels are selected to meet the needs of patrons. The responsibility of choosing from this range of materials rests with the user. Parent/guardians are responsible for supervising their children's use of Library materials.
All acquisitions, before being purchased or accepted as gifts, are evaluated in terms of the following criteria and in the context of economic and space considerations. An item will not necessarily be judged against all criteria, but against those appropriate and applicable to it. These same standards determine the replacement, quantity, and withdrawal of materials.
The objectives of the Library’s collection are:
Selectors use the following criteria when selecting materials:
Our selection tools include:
Booklist, Library Journal, New York Times Review of Books, Video Librarian, School Library Journal, Horn Book, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Children’s Technology Review, Audiofile and Publishers Weekly
Blogs and Listservs of the Library Profession:
Fuse#8 from School Library Journal, Esther Keller’s Good Comics for Kids, Pubyac, and Childlit
The following works may be consulted: Public Library Catalog, Fiction Catalog, general periodicals, trade journals, Recommended Reference books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers, web sites relevant to the field and subject bibliographies
Textbooks are selected only when they meet the selection criteria and when they assist the Library in fulfilling its roles. No attempt is made to purchase textbooks for curriculum support.
REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
Consistent with our mission, the La Porte County Public Library affirms the safeguarding of First Amendment Rights, intellectual freedom, and a commitment to a diverse collection of materials.
The La Porte County Public Library Board of Trustees is legally responsible for all matters relating to the operation of the Library. It delegates the responsibility for selection of Library materials to the Library staff as assigned through the Library Director. Suggestions for the Library collection are welcomed from patrons. While a particular item may offend some patrons, selection of materials will not be based upon any anticipated approval or disapproval, but rather on the merits of the material and its value to the collection. The use of Library materials by patrons is an individual matter. Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their children's use of Library materials.
Library patrons may object to selected Library materials by completing the attached Request for Reconsideration form. Once a completed form is received by the Library Director, a process for reconsideration of the Library materials identified by the Library patron will begin. Those submitting completed forms will be contacted within two weeks of the Library’s receipt of the form. The final responsibility for the retention decision rests with the Library Board of Trustees.
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