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Materials Selection Policy
This policy establishes the objectives for the library's materials collection and establishes criteria for selection and withdrawal of books, periodicals, recorded performances, and all other information resources (hereinafter "materials").
The Library's materials collection is its principal resource for advancing its strategic goals.
The transformational power of information, in all its expressions and manifestations, obligates a thoughtful, expansive, and inclusionary approach in materials selection, aligned with the Library's strategic vision and purpose.
Decisions for selection and withdrawal of materials from the Library's collection are guided by the following framework as articulated in the Library's Strategy 2023:
- The Library is an agent for positive change for our community.
- The Library is committed to the truth and to trustworthy information, fighting all forms of disinformation, censorship, and barriers to free inquiry.
- The Library is a welcoming, inclusive place for every customer and acts to dismantle exclusionary structures including racism, sexism, and xenophobia.
- The Library advances individual and societal goals for equity, inclusion, and social justice to benefit the whole of our community.
Materials are selected in appropriate formats to meet customers' informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs to meet these objectives:
- Materials meet current demands for general information needs. Specialized research needs are met through inter-library alliances.
- Materials reflect the community's diversity of interests and opinions.
- Materials are continually assessed for condition, currency, relevance, performance, and alignment with the strategic framework. Items are withdrawn through a formal procedure which is approved by the Chief Executive Officer.
Material evaluations are made on the basis of content and quality according to these factors:
- Recognition from reviews, media, and customers
- Suitability and accessibility of format for customer use
- Appeal of subject and style for the intended audience. This includes representation of an important movement, genre, or trend; cultural relevance; artistic presentation; and experimentation.
- Cost and availability
- Adequate subject coverage
- Authority, qualifications, or previous works of the author, artist, publisher, or producer
The Library affirms and supports customers' freedom and responsibility to choose library materials for use according to their needs, individual tastes, or family values.
- Customers apply those values to the use of library materials only for themselves and may not restrict nor interfere in any way with other customers' freedom to read, listen to, or view materials.
- The Library does not assume the parental responsibility for children's choices of library materials.
- Selection of an item does not represent the Library's endorsement of any opinion, belief, philosophy, or precept. An item that meets selection criteria will not be removed from nor sequestered within the Library solely because it represents a particular opinion, belief, or philosophy.
- Customers may request reconsideration of a particular item's inclusion in the Library's collection. These requests may be made in person or by email to any library branch manager. Reconsiderations are administered through a formal procedure which is approved by the Chief Executive Officer.
- The ultimate responsibility for selection of materials rests with the Chief Executive Officer who may delegate specific authorities and tasks.
APPROVED BY THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES – JUNE 17, 2021