|Collection Management Policy, Rev 1996|
Purpose of Collection Management Policy
Collection Management Mission
Responsibility for Collection Management
I. ACCESSIBILITY OF MATERIALS
A. All materials selected under the guidelines of this policy will be available to the public in circulating or non-circulating collections, within the rules governing the use of such materials.
II. SELECTION OF MATERIALS
1. Materials will be chosen to enhance the mission of the library and its chosen roles in the community:
* Mission Statement *
"The central mission of the Tippecanoe County Public Library is to promote reading and to encourage literacy and learning for people of all ages."
* Roles *
"REFERENCE CENTER - The library actively provides timely, accurate, and useful information for community residents.
2. Materials should offer opportunity and encouragement for:
3. The library's goal is to provide an information/reference center rather than to establish a scholarly research center.
4. No attempt is made to collect the complete works of any author/performer/creator.
5.Multiple copies of works may be obtained in order to fulfill requests within a reasonable time period.
B. SELECTION CRITERIA.
Materials are selected in accordance with one or more of the following guidelines:
C. SELECTION AIDS.
The following sources are representative of the many aids used for selection of materials:
Textbooks are selected when they meet the selection criteria and when they assist the library in fulfilling its roles. No attempt is made to purchase textbooks for curriculum support.
E. CONTROVERSIAL MATERIALS
As stated in the Library Bill of Rights:
"Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Material should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation."
"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." (See Appendix 1)
F. EXTERNAL ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES.
Providing connections to global information, services, and networks is not the same as selecting and purchasing material for a library collection. Determining the accuracy or authenticity of electronic information may present special problems. Some information accessed electronically may not meet a library's selection or collection development policy. It is, therefore, left to each customer to determine what information is appropriate to their needs.
Gifts are accepted with the understanding that they will be evaluated with the same criteria used for purchased materials. If they do not meet these standards they may be conveyed to the Friends of TCPL for the benefit of the library or disposed of if condition warrants.
IV. DISCARDING AND REPLACEMENT OF MATERIALS
A. In order to maintain a vital, current collection which meets the needs of our community, examination of materials is an ongoing process. An item is considered for discard when it is:
B. A work chosen for discard may be replaced with another copy of the same title or another work on the same subject.
C. Aides used in discarding:
V. LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS
VI. CUSTOMER COMMENTS ON LIBRARY MATERIALS
Specific procedures have been established for the use of customers who wish to make comments on materials held by the Tippecanoe County Public Library.
Comments on Library Material
The Tippecanoe County Public Library welcomes your thoughts concerning library materials and has procedures for making comments. Before following these procedures, you may find it informative and helpful to read the following brief summary of the library's policy on library material.
Your library serves people from all walks of life, with a variety of viewpoints and tastes. The staff chooses materials to meet these diverse needs and are guided in this by the Collection Management Policy. The library supports the belief that the right to read and the right of free access to library collections for persons of all ages are essential to the individual's freedom of thought, which is fundamental to the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement.
You are encouraged to make comments on library materials using the following procedures:1. Informal comments may be made to staff members in the appropriate department at any time. Such comments will be conveyed to the Department Head. If you wish to speak to the Department Head, this will be arranged.
2. If you wish to make your comment in a formal manner, the following procedures should be used:
A. Fill out the Comment on Library Material form. This will be given to the Department Head in charge of the collection containing the item in question. Copies of the form will be given to the Library Director, the Assistant Director, and appropriate staff members. The Department Head will respond in writing. While an item is being reviewed, copies of it will remain on active status in the collection.
B. If further review is requested, you will be invited to meet with a committee which may consist of the Library Director, the Assistant Director, the Department Head, and appropriate staff members. After the meeting, the committee will respond with a letter telling you what actions are being taken and giving reasons for these actions.
C. You may request further review by the library's Board of Trustees. Upon receiving your request for review, the Board may handle the matter as a body or may refer the question to an advisory committee for a recommendation. This committee may consist of two members of the Board appointed by the President, two members of the staff appointed by the Director, and one person appointed by the Indiana State Librarian.
TIPPECANOE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
COMMENT ON LIBRARY MATERIALS
If you are acting as the official spokesperson for an organization, please specify:
Library material on which you are commenting:
Please comment on the material as a whole. Be specific about those matters which concern you. Feel free to suggest other materials on this subject which you would like to see added to the collection.
Accepted as the policy of the Tippecanoe County Public Library by the Library's Board of Trustees on December 4, 1990.Amended: April 2, 1996