PROCEDURE

Number: Title: Library Material Selection Cancels: Approved: Originator: Review: I. OBJECTIVES To establish the principles, responsibilities, and criteria for library materials selection. II. DEFINITIONS AND REFERENCES A. B. C. D. Selection - Refers to the decision to either add, retain, or delete materials. Local Library Board - Library board of a member library appointed by the local governing agency of the Board of County Commissioners. County Library Board ~Advisory Board of the Library System appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Library Bill of Rights - A statement governing the collections of all libraries adopted by the American Library Association (ALA) on June 18, 1948, including subsequent amendments. Freedom to Read - A statement to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read, adopted June 25, 1953 by the ALA Council, including subsequent amendments. Freedom to View - A statement to affirm the freedom to view as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, drafted by the Educational Film Library Associations' Freedom to View Committee in February, 1979 and endorsed by the ALA on June 28, 1979, including subsequent amendments. Section 230-55, Brevard County Code, Rules, Regulations, and Procedures. Form BCLS-23, Patron's Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials. Library Materials - Includes, but is not limited to, the following formats - Video, Audio, Art Works, Software, Books, and Periodicals. BCC-73 May 17,2006
09/01/09

Library Services
09/01/2011

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DIRECTIVES A. A~thority .and responsibility for the selection of library materials rests with the local Library Director as authorized by the Library Services Director. Selection duties may be delegated to qualified staff, who because of their education, training, or experience, have the knowledge to select items in specified subject fields. Suggestions for materials from staff members and from library users are encouraged and seriously considered in the selection process. Materials are selected to serve the broad, general interest ranges of Brevard County, which serves a diverse cultural and educational population.

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There is no single set of criteria that can be applied to all items because of the great diversity of materials. Some items are judged primarily in terms of artistic merit or documentation of the times, while others are selected to satisfy the recreational and informational needs of the community. and books such as Library Journal. BookHst, Publisher's Weekly, Halliwell's Film Guide. Video Review, and others. Selection decisions are based upon review journals Material selection for the Brevard County Library System shall be in conformance with the Library Bill of Rights which states in part, "Material should not be excluded because ofthe origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view of current and historical issues, in varied formats. 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." The Library does not remove materials because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

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IV. SELECTION CRITERIA BY SUBJECT OF MATERIAL A. In selection of material by subject, consideration should be given to such matters as popular demand for the item; the relationship of the material to the existing collection and to other materials available on the subject; the likely attention of critics, opinion makers, and the public to the item; its importance as a document of our times; the cost of the item as compared with comparable material on the same subject, and the cost-benefit ratio compared with an alternate expenditure. Acquisition of library materials will include material, of an informational, cultural, recreational and instructional nature with collections that contemplate and emphasize serious use while also recognizing the legitimacy of entertainment purposes. Acquisitions will be selected to conform with an acceptable level of quality which has been determined in one or more of the following ways: 1. 2. 3. By the opinion of qualified reviewers in recognized authoritative review sources.

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In-house review evaluation by the local Director.
By adherence to the standards ascribed in the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements as previously adopted.

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General quality criteria include the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Is of present and potential relevance to community needs. Provides insight into human and social needs. Accurately presents factual information. Is useful for its intended audience. Satisfies public demand resulting from the attention of critics and review.

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REQUESTS FOR RECONSIDERATION OF UBRARY MATERIALS Requests for reconsideration of Library Materials shall be processed in the following manner: A. Patrons desiring reconsideration of specific items of library material shall he referred to the local Library Director who shall provide the patron with a copy of the Library Bill of Rights to read and an explanation of the significance of the provisions contained therein. In the event a patron is not satisfied with the local Library Director's explanation, the patron shall be requested to complete the Patron's Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials (form BCLS-23). The local Library Director shall schedule the request for the attention ofthe Local Library Board and inform the patron of the date, time, and location of the meeting. If the patron is not satisfied with the decision of the Local Library Board, the patron shall be informed that the request shall be forwarded to the Library Services Director. The Library Services Director shall schedule the request for the attention of the County Library Board and inform the patron of the date, time, and location of the meeting.

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AUTHORIZATION The authority to issue or revise this policy is reserved to the Board of County Commissioners.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA

Chuck Nelson, Chairman As approved by the Board on:
9/1/09

PATRON~S REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS AUTHOR: TITLE: Publisher & Date (if known) Requestiilltiatedby: Telephone: City: Patron Represents: Hhnseli Organization (Name): Other group (Name): L To what in the book do you object? (please be specific; cite pages.) _ __ __

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What do you feel might be the result of reading this book?

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For what age group would you recommend this book?

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Is there anything good about this book?

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Did you read the entire book?

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What parts?

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PATRON'S REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF LffiRARY MATERIALS

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Are you aware ofthe judgment of this book by critics and book reviewers?

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What do you believe is the theme or purpose ofthis book?

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What would you like the library to do about this book?

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In its place, what book of equal literacy quality, or ofthe same subject matter, would you recommend for the Library?

Signature of Patron

THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT UNDER FLORIDA LAW. YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UPON REQUEST

, The American Library Association affirms that an libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
1. 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 con tribu ting to their creation.
2. 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. 3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. 4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas. 5. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. 6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to tbe 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 1B,1948. Amended February 2, 1951. June 27.1967, and January 23,1980, by the ALA Council.

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