Governing Board Policies
Section I: Instructional Program
Regulation Title: Library Materials Selection and Adoption
Regulation Code: IJL-R
Lead Department: Academic Excellence
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Criteria for Selection
The following applies to all materials, including print, non-print,
and electronic resources:
- Library materials shall support and be consistent with
the District's educational goals, state standards, and the
objectives of individual school sites' various courses.
- Library materials shall meet high standards of quality
in factual content, artistic and literary value, and presentation.
- Library materials shall be appropriate for the subject
area and for the age, language(s), emotional development,
ability level, learning styles, and social development of
- Library materials will meet the instructional needs of
the faculty and the individual inquiry interests of the
students; materials should be relevant and up-to-date.
- Authority of the author, organization, publisher/producer,
should be a consideration in the selection of materials.
- Library materials should appear with a favorable designation
in one or more of the recognized editorial reviewing tools
(Library Professional Review Source). When possible, direct
examination of materials is advisable to ensure that criteria
- Library materials should be evaluated for cost effectiveness
in terms of accessibility, amount of use, and durability.
Accessibility may include, but is not limited to, inter-library
- Physical format and appearance should be suitable for
library material's intended use.
- Library materials shall be selected to help students
gain an awareness of diversity within our own society as
well as the world at large, and, whenever possible, authors
and illustrators of diverse backgrounds will be represented.
- The decision to select library materials on issues deemed
controversial should be guided by consideration of collection
diversity and representation of alternative points of view
and relevance to curriculum.
Requesting an addition to the collection
- Faculty may request additional materials to be added to
the collection for their instructional needs by submitting
a request to the teacher/librarian and/or principal. (IJL
- E1 Library Materials & Adoption Exhibit 1)
- Students and Parents may request additional materials
to be added to the collection by submitting a request to
the teacher/librarian and/or principal. (IJL - E2 Library
Materials & Adoption Exhibit 2)
To request a specific library material to be removed from
the collection, refer to Policy # IJG - Intellectual
Gift materials should be judged by the criteria listed in
the preceding section and should be accepted or rejected on
the basis of those criteria. The school library welcomes gifts
of books and other materials provided that:
- They meet the same standards of selection as those applied
to school library purchases.
- They can be integrated into the school library collection.
- The school library may offer the gift to another library
or institution if it is useful but not needed in the school
- The school library may dispose of the gift at the discretion
of the professional library staff.
Weeding (de-selection) is an essential element of collection
development that ensures the library's materials are
relevant, accurate, and useful. Collections must change over
time to reflect changes in the curriculum. Weeding is a continual
evaluation of resources intended to remove items from the
library collection that are no longer useful.
Books removed from a school's library collection must
be disposition in accordance with District procedures.
Reviewed: June 30, 2006 (Friday Report)
Legal Ref: A.R.S 15-362 Libraries; powers and duties
15-721 Common schools; course of study; textbooks
15-722 High schools; course of study; textbooks
Cross Ref: IJK - Library Programs;
IJG - Intellectual Freedom; ADF - Intercultural Proficiency