Materials Selection Policy
The mission of the Bess Chin Library is two-fold:
we build and maintain a diverse collection of materials in various
media to support the curricular and personal needs of students and staff;
we build and maintain a user community adept at the use and creation
of these materials. Specifically we develop users who are information literate,
who are independent learners, and who exhibit social responsibility. (Information
Power. AASL, 1998)
The Bess Chin Library selects, organizes, preserves and makes available
materials that contribute to the cultural, educational, and recreational
enrichment of our diverse community. The Library provides information and
a public forum for the exchange of ideas, and affirms each individual's
freedom to read and access all library materials and use library services.
1. Principles of Selection
The guidelines for the selection and placement of books and
other library materials and the providing of library services are based
on Board Policy 6163.1 Libraries/Media Centers (adopted Feb. 23, 1993).
The text of that policy follows.
"The Board of Trustees endorses the School Library
Bill of Rights as drawn by the American Library Association which asserts
that the responsibility of the school library is:
It is the intent of the Board to achieve the standards of the American
Library Association, and the budget shall reflect this intent."
To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking
into consideration the varied interests, abilities and maturity levels
of the students served.
To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary
appreciation, aesthetic values, and standards.
To provide background information which will enable students to make intelligent
judgments in their daily lives.
To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that
young citizens may develop under guidance the practice of critical reading
To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic and cultural
groups and their contributions to our American heritage.
To place principle above personl opinion and reason above prejudice in
the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a
comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the library.
The Library Bill of Rights is interpreted in the ALA's Access
to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Center, Diversity
in Collection Development, and The
Universal Right to Free Expression documents.
The library does not serve as censor of the reading of any member of
the community. The library does not endorse opinions expressed in the materials
that are stocked. Indeed, since materials often hold diametrically opposite
views, this would be impossible.
It should also be recognized that some materials chosen may be offensive
to some patrons but may be meaningful and significant to others. Works
being considered should be viewed as a whole, not in isolated parts.
2. Selection Criteria
Selection decisions are made on the basis of reviews in the standard review
media and other factors, such as collection needs, public demand, community
interest, cost, space, and format. Variety and balance of opinion are sought
in selection decisions.
Special Areas of Purchase. Branches may choose to collect in specific areas
of interest to create greater depth of coverage.
In providing materials for student use the library will not purchase multiple
copies of individual books or textbooks for school assignments, nor can
it duplicate subject materials extensively.
Placement of Materials. Placement of materials within each library is generally
based upon assigned classification and appropriate age groupings.
The public has free access to all library materials. Those items which
themselves need protection because of rarity, cost, high demand, susceptibility
to loss or damage, fragility or format unsuited to heavy use are available
on a limited basis.
Patrons can request materials not selected by the library through Inter-Library
Deselection criteria. Items are discarded from the collection in accordance
with the library's deselection policy.
3. Responsibility for Selection
1. Books. Books are selected to create a balanced collection that reflects
a diversity of subjects and opinions, as specified in Article II of the
Library Bill of Rights.
2. Reference Materials. Factors considered in the selection of reference
materials are currency of information, authority, reliability, scope, objectivity,
arrangement, ease of use, format, cost, community interests, holdings of
the Marin County Free Library and other libraries in the Bay Area.
3. Electronic Resources. Electronic resources are evaluated for purchase
using the same general criteria as reference materials (see 2.). Other
criteria include search capabilities, ease of connection, system compatibility,
frequency of updates and the configuration of user licenses. Additional
factors for evaluation include whether the electronic resource is unique,
a duplication or a supplement to an existing source, and whether the resource
will be utilized by the entire school or limited to a single department.
4. Periodicals. Magazines are purchased in accordance with the wide range
of interests of patrons and to supplement the book collection. Local and
representative national newspapers are purchased within budget and space
limitations. Online periodical databases are acquired as funding allows
5. Audio and Visual Media. Materials are considered for purchase on the
basis of published reviews and the basic standards of technical quality,
timeliness, social significance, and public demand, including formats for
the disabled. Materials are purchased in a variety of subject categories.
6. Gifts. The Library's Selection Policy
is applied to all gift materials. The Library reserves the right to accept
or refuse conditions placed upon gifts of materials or funds.
The ultimate responsibility for selection of materials rests with the
Director of County Library Services. (California Education Code Section
19146). The responsibility for selection of books and other materials is
shared by every professional member of the staff. All staff recommendations
and suggestions from patrons are always welcome and given serious consideration.
DONATED LIBRARY MATERIALS POLICY AND
Materials donated to the Bessie Chin Library must meet the same criteria
used for selecting all library and instructional meterials as outlined
in the Policies and Procedures of the Tamalpais Union High School District.
The Bessie Chin Library strives to provide a collection of new and
classic, exciting and relevant materials which support the curriculum,
are age appropriate, and meet the district's curriculum standards.
While there is currently support from both the state and the district
for the purchase of materials, the library does welcome donations as long
as they meet the criteria outlined below. Materials which are donated but
do not meet the following criteria will be given to a non-profit organization
for their use or sale. Currently, the Bessie Chin Library gives materials
it cannot use to the Hospice of Marin for use in their regular used books
Other criteria and procedures include the following:
Books which are in poor or damaged condition will not be accepted.
Books which poor quality bindings may or may not be accepted, depending
on the condition and the reparability of the binding.
Materials which are accepted will be catalogued into the circulation system
and shelved in their regular shelf order. No special collections of donated
materials will be created.
If requested by the donor, a book plate may be affixed into donated items
citing the name of the donor and/or one in whose memory the item has been
Persons wishing to help with collection development can always make a monetary
donation. Checks should be made out to: Redwood High School (with a note
in the memo area noting the donation to the library).
Other policies affecting patron use of the library and library materials
include: the Internet Policy
and the Library Bill of Rights (and associated