INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS SELECTION

 

The elementary and secondary libraries shall provide a wide range of instructional materials on all levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view. The district will allow the review of allegedly inappropriate instructional materials through established procedures.

 

Objectives of Selection

 

In order to assure that the school media program is an integral part of the educational program of the school, the following selection objectives are adopted:

 

1.      To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum and personal needs of the users, based on their interests, abilities, and learning styles;

2.      To proved material that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, values and ethical standards;

3.      To provide information which will enable pupils to make intelligent judgements in their daily lives;

4.      To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that users may develop under guidance the practice of critical analysis;

5.      To provide materials which realistically represent our society and reflect the contribution of groups and individuals to our American heritage;

6.      To place reason above personal opinion and prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive media collection appropriate for the users.

 

Responsibility for Selection

 

Although the board is legally responsible for the operation of the school, the responsibility for the selection of library material is delegated to the qualified media specialist.

 

While selection of materials involves many people, including the librarian, teacher, students, administrators, and community persons, the responsibility for coordinating and recommending the selection and purchase of library materials rests with the media specialist. The selection and purchase of textbooks rests with the teachers.

 

Library Materials - Criteria for Selection

 

1.      be relevant to today's world

2.      represent artistic, historic, and literary qualities;

3.      reflect problems, aspirations, attitudes and ideals of a society;

4.      contribute to the objectives of the school's instructional programs;

 

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5.      be appropriate to the level of the users;

6.      represent differing viewpoints on controversial subjects;

7.      provide stimulus to creativity.

 

Library Materials - Procedures for Selection

 

In selecting materials the media specialist will evaluate the existing collection, examine materials and consult reputable, and professionally prepared selection aids. Recommendations for acquisition will be solicited from faculty and students.

 

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.

 

It should be understood that selection is an on-going process which should include the removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement. of lost or worn materials still of educational value.

 

Equipment and Instructional Materials Selection

 

The Board of Education believes that the schools shall be as well equipped with equipment and materials as is necessary to provide a quality educational program. Selection of materials and equipment shall strive to meet the following objectives:

 

1.      To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the pupils served.

2.      To provide a background of information which will enable pupils to make intelligent judgements in their daily life.

3.      To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop under guidance the practice of critical analysis of all media.

4.      To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage.

5.      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 appropriate for the users.

 

Cross Reference: 203.07 Advisory Board Committees

603 Curriculum Development

611 Academic Achievement