Iola-Scandinavia Middle/High School Library
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF IOLA-SCANDINAVIA
361-Rule GUIDELINES FOR THE SELECTION OF LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER MATERIALS
Wisconsin Statutes (944.21 (8)(a)) include the following requirements that "educational institutions under par. (b) carry out the essential purpose of making available to all citizens a current, balanced collection of books, reference materials, periodicals, sound recordings and audiovisual materials that reflect the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society."
The Board of Education is legally responsible for all matters relating to the operation of the school. Therefore, it is legally responsible for the final selection of all materials used in the library. The board hereby delegates its responsibility, through the district administrator and principals, to the trained professional personnel in charge of the library.
The Board of Education approves and endorses the American Library Association's Bill of Rights.
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
- Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 18, 1948
Amended February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980, inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996, By the ALA Council.
A. Definition of Materials
Educational materials (print and non-print) are all resources that are used or available for teachers, students or interlibrary use within the educational environment of the Iola-Scandinavia Schools.
B. Selection personnel
Materials for the school library are selected by professional personnel in consultation with administration, faculty, and students. Final decision rests with the librarians.
C. Objectives of selection
- 1. To make available print and non-print materials that will implement and enrich the curriculum in all areas
- 2. To develop a life-long appreciation for reading, listening, and viewing
- 3. To provide opportunities for personal interests and recreational reading of students
- 4. To contribute to the development of the social, intellectual, and spiritual values of the students
- 5. To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that patrons may develop the practice of critical analysis
- 6. To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection of educational materials
D. Criteria for selection
1. Needs of individual school
a. Based on knowledge of the curriculum
b. Based on requests from administrators and teachers
2. Needs of the individual students
a. Based on knowledge of children and youth
b. Based on requests of parents and students
3. Provision of a wide range of materials on all levels of
readability and age appropriateness with a diversity of appeal and
the presentation of different points of view on controversial topics
4. Provision of materials that are relevant, current and are
endowed with artistic and literary merit
5. Provision of materials that foster respect for a pluralistic
society and minorities
6. Provision of materials that are authoritative and accurate
because of the publisher/author's reputation or scholarship
E. Selection tools
The following selection tools are used:
1. Senior High School Catalog and Children's Catalog (Wilson
2. Reputable and recommended reviewing periodicals, such as
The School Library Journal, The New York Times Book Review,
VOYA, American Libraries, and Booklist
3. Recommended bibliographies such as Best Books of (year),
Choices (CCBC), and Wilson Fiction Catalog
F. Reconsideration procedure
The following procedure is to be followed in case a material is questioned.
The administrator or staff member receiving the complaint shall to try to resolve the issue informally with or without assistance of a knowledgeable person (such as a department head, an administrator, or a librarian) by: explaining the school's selection objectives, criteria, and tools as well as the qualifications of the personnel in charge of the selection explaining the role that the material plays in the educational program. keeping a written log including name of complainant, title of the material, date and nature of the complaint and summary of conversations between the parties. reporting the complaint to the building principal on the same day the complaint is received. If the complainant is not satisfied with the aforementioned explanations, s/he will meet with the building principal. If the complainant is not satisfied with the meeting, s/he may fill out a citizen's request for reconsideration of a title.
A copy of the attached questionnaire (Appendix I), inspired from "The Student's Right To Read" by the National Council of Teachers of English, will be forwarded to the complainant with the request that s/he fill it out and return it to the principal of the school involved. The completed form will then be considered by the building principal, the librarian, one community member, and two members of the school staff. Following this consideration by the principal and his/her staff members, if it is the desire of the complainant, the request shall be submitted to the district administrator for consideration. Following consideration by the district administrator, if it is in the desire of the complainant, the request shall be submitted to the Board of Education for consideration.(See Appendix I, Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of Materials)
The professional library staff reviews educational materials given to the Iola-Scandinavia School District library. The professional library staff accepts or rejects materials on the basis of the selection criteria enumerated above.
On a regular basis, the librarian will remove materials that have misleading or outdated information, that have poor appearance, that have been superceded by newer editions and recent research, that are trivial in their relationship to the school's curriculum or have not circulated for over five years. The intent of the weeding is to maintain a collection that is appealing, current and satisfies an overwhelming proportion of the students' needs. APPROVED: September 10, 2001