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2.01 Collection Development Policy

Logan Library
Approved: 12 November 1996

2.01.01 General Library Objectives

  1. The concept of the public library is one of a public trust, that promotes the freedom to read by making available as many materials as possible, within the limitations of budget and space, and aids the individual in the pursuit of educational, informational, and recreational resources.

  2. The primary purpose of the Logan Library is to provide materials and services that will satisfy, on a fair and equitable basis, the needs of the community that it serves.

  3. It is the policy of the Logan Library to cooperate with other public libraries, school media centers, academic libraries, and other public and private institutions, in order to provide maximum library service to the citizens of the City of Logan.

2.01.02 Statement of Policy for Collection Development

  1. The library shall develop collections of materials and resources of all types and kinds that are of optimum use to the community served by the library.

  2. The library recognizes its obligation to provide reference and research materials that answer a wide variety of specific questions. However, no attempt is made to provide exhaustive research in any specific field.

  3. The library maintains a non-circulating archival collection for the purpose of preserving local history and information for the research needs of the public.

2.01.03 Authority and Responsibility for Selection

  1. The final authority for the determination of policy to guide collection development in the Logan Library is vested in the Logan Library Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees operates under Title 9 of the Utah Code.

  2. Ultimate responsibility for collection development rests with the director who operates within the framework of policies determined by the Board of Trustees. Professional staff members assist in the process of collection development as assigned by the director.

2.01.04 Selection Criteria

  1. The evaluation of materials is characterized by flexibility, open-mindedness, and responsiveness to the changing needs of the citizens of the City of Logan.

  2. The Council of the American Library Association adopted in 1948, and amended in 1967, basic policies governing services of libraries. The Logan Library subscribes to the following statements from that report:

    As a responsibility of library service, books and other library materials selected should be chosen for values of interest, information and enlightenment of all the people of the community. In no case should library materials be excluded because of the race or nationality or the social, political, or religious views of the authors.

    Libraries should provide books and other materials presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times; no library materials should be proscribed or removed from libraries because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

  3. Materials are evaluated as a whole and not on the basis of a particular section or sections of the work.

  4. A single standard cannot always be applied to each item being considered for inclusion in the collection, however, all materials are judged by appropriate criteria. In some instances, these criteria include artistic merit, scholarship, or the value of the materials to the informational needs of the community. In other instances, the criterion may be substantial public demand for the item.

  5. In order to build a diversified collection, the following general criteria are used. These criteria apply to both purchased and donated materials.

    1. Availability and suitability of format.

    2. Suitability of subject, style, and level for the intended audience.

    3. Critical reviews.

    4. Reputation of the publisher or producer; authority and significance of the author, composer, or creator.

    5. Timeliness or permanence of the material.

    6. Quality of writing, design, illustrations, or production.

    7. Relevance to community needs.

    8. Potential and/or known demand for the material.

    9. Relative importance in comparison with existing materials in the collection on the same subject.

    10. Availability and accessibility of the same material in the local area.

    11. Cost of the material.

2.01.05 Withdrawal and Discarding of Library Materials

  1. The library's collections are constantly being evaluated and materials withdrawn when one or more of the following criteria are met:

    1. They are out-of-date, that is, no longer timely or accurate.

    2. They are badly worn or damaged.

    3. They are no longer high demand items.

    4. They have been declared missing from the collections.

  2. Materials withdrawn from the collections are disposed of at the discretion of the library director.

2.01.06 Gifts of Library Materials

Gifts of books and other materials are accepted with the understanding that they may be used or disposed of as the library director determines is appropriate. Titles acquired in this manner are subject to the established selection criteria for purchased materials. (See 2.03 Gifts Policy)

2.01.07 Reconsideration of Library Materials

  1. The library will consider requests for reconsideration of library materials when submitted in writing. Forms are provided that can assist the citizen in identifying his/her objection to the item. Objections or complaints to items in the collection will be handled in an attentive and timely manner under the direction of the library director.

  2. Citizens have the right to appeal the director's decision regarding reconsideration of library materials to the Library Board of Trustees.

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