Reviewed December 12, 2005
The purpose of the Lakes Country Public Library is to provide all
individuals in the community with carefully selected books and other
materials to aid the individual in the pursuit of education, information,
research, pleasure, and the creative use of leisure time.
Because of the volume of
publishing, as well as the limitations of budget and space, the library
must have a selection policy with which to meet community interests
The materials selection/collections
development policy is used by the library staff in the selection of
materials and also serves to acquaint the general public with the
principles of selection.
The Library Bill of Rights
and The Freedom to Read Statement have been endorsed by the Lakes
Country Public Library Board of Trustees and are integral parts of
Because these are changing
times, this policy will be reviewed and/or revised as the need arises.
B. Responsibility for
The ultimate responsibility for selection of library materials rests
with the library director who operates within the framework of the
policies determined by the Lakes Country Public Library Board of Trustees.
This responsibility may be shared with other members of the library
staff. However, because the director must be available to answer to
the library board and the general public for actual selections made,
the director has the authority to reject or select any item contrary
to the recommendations of the staff.
C. Criteria for Selection
1. The main points considered in the selection of materials are:
a. existing library holdings
b. suitability of material to the community
c. individual merit of each item
e. popular appeal/demand
2. Reviews are the major source of information about new materials.
3. The lack of a review or an unfavorable review shall not be the
sole reason for rejecting a title which is in demand. Consideration
is, therefore, given to requests of library patrons and books discussed
on public media. Materials are judged on the basis of the work as
a whole, not on a part taken out of context.
D. Interlibrary Loan
Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all
materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used
to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the
scope of this library's collection.
E. Gifts and Donations
The library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding
that they will be added to the collection only if needed. If they
are not needed because of duplication, condition, or dated information
the director can dispose of them as he/she sees fit. The same criteria
of selection which are applied to purchased materials are applied
to gifts. Memorial gifts of books or money are also accepted with
suitable bookplates placed in the book. Specific memorial books will
be ordered for the library on request of a patron. Book selection
will be made by the director if no specific book is wanted. We encourage
and appreciate gifts and donations.
An up-to-date, attractive and useful collection is maintained through
a continual discarding and replacing process. Replacement of worn
volumes is dependent upon current demand, usefulness, more recent
acquisitions, and availability of newer editions. Weeding is the responsibility
of the library director.
G. Problem area
The Lakes Country Public Library recognizes that some materials are
controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selection
of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval
or disapproval, but on the basis of the principles stated in this
Responsibility for the
reading and viewing of materials by children rests with their parents
or legal guardians. Selection of library materials will not be inhibited
by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of
Library materials will
not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their
contents, and no library material will be sequestered except to protect
it from injury or theft.
H. Challenged Materials
Although materials are carefully selected, there can arise difference
of opinion regarding suitable materials. Patrons requesting that material
be withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete
a "Statement of Concern About Library Resources"
form which is available in the library. The inquiry will be placed
on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the Lakes Country Public
Library Board of Trustees.