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605.03 Library Materials

The District will maintain a school library in each building for use by employees and by students during the school day. Materials for the libraries will be acquired according to this policy. It is the responsibility of the principal of the building in which the school library is located to oversee the use of materials in the library.

The Board has the sole discretion to approve library materials for the District. This authority is delegated to licensed teacher librarians to determine which library materials will be utilized and purchased by the District. Teacher librarians are responsible for the review, evaluation, maintenance, development, and selection of the school library media collection. They are guided by the system-level selection policy that embodies the philosophy and procedures set forth in national, state, and district documents. Teacher librarians work cooperatively with administrators and teachers to provide resources that represent diverse points of view, stimulate growth in thinking skills, and promote the overall educational program. Library media collections are developed to meet both curricular and student needs. To ensure these needs are met, teacher librarians apply selection criteria and use recommended selection tools.

The District subscribes in full to the principles, philosophy, and goals set forth in the Library Bill of Rights (ALA), Freedom to Read Statement, and interpretative statements adopted thereto.

In reviewing current library materials for continued use and in selecting additional library materials, licensed teacher librarians will consider the current and future needs of the District as well as changes and trends in education and society. Teacher librarians review the most current challenged book list and evaluate appropriateness for inclusion in the library as it relates to the District’s selection criteria. A system for regular review of materials will be established by teacher librarians. Books potentially controversial will be reviewed by colleagues for appropriate placement. A collaborative procedure for collection development will be established to enhance the district library collections. District teacher librarian(s) will establish a systemic collection building system, based on genres and subject areas.

Library materials given to the District must meet the criteria established herein and comply with Board Policy on gifts and donations.

Legal Reference:
Iowa Code §§ 256.7(24); 279.8; 280.14; 301
281 I.A.C. 12.3(11), (12).

Cross Reference:
602 Series: Curriculum Development
605 Series: Instructional Materials
802.70 Gifts, Donations, Grants and Bequests

Approved:
June 15, 2009

Reviewed:
May 11, 2009
November 17, 2014
February 17, 2020
June 20, 2021

Revised:
June 15, 2009
November 17, 2014
February 17, 2020
July 6, 2021