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Selection of Library Materials

The District shall provide a wide range of instructional resources for students and faculty that present varying levels of difficulty, diversity of appeal, and a variety of points of view. Although professional staff members may select instructional resources for their use in accordance with District policy and administrative regulations, the ultimate authority for determining and approving the curriculum and instructional program of the District lies with the Board. EF(Local)


Materials for purchase are researched in professional review and evaluation sources and considered on the basis of the following criteria:

SCOPE—Content is covered adequately to achieve its intended purpose.

AUTHORITY—The author, editor, or producer has a superior reputation for producing materials of this nature.

ORGANIZATION AND PRESENTATION OF CONTENT—Materials shall meet high standards of quality in factual content and presentation.

SPECIAL FEATURES—The item has maps, charts, graphs, glossaries, and/or other learning aids that support the content, are unique or are valuable, and have a high artistic quality.

LITERARY MERIT—Fiction that has a noteworthy plot, setting, characterization, style, and theme. The literary style of a work should be appropriate and effective for the subject matter and its intended readers or viewers.

TIMELINESS-- Of the material for current students

APPROPRIATENESS—Material is geared to the age, maturity, diverse interests, and learning levels of students for whom it is intended. Reading and Lexile levels are considered to provide a range of material that challenges the student and guides their selection process. Selections should also have a high degree of readability—materials shall be appropriate for the subject area and the age, emotional development, ability level, and social development of the students for whom the materials are selected.

AUTHORITATIVENESS—Reliability and reputation from the publishing industry

ACCURACY—Nonfiction information is accurate, recent, relevant, current, and objective. Materials should be free of stereotype and bias of any manner.

REPUTATION—Reputation and significance of the author, artist, and composer meets current industry standards.

DURABILITY—Material has the potential for frequent use or is of a nature that it will be considered consumable.

NEED AND VALUE OF THE COLLECTION—The item has particular timeliness and/or potential user or popular appeal.

AESTHETIC QUALITY—Material is superior to similar items in attractiveness and presentation of content.

When considering a purchase, first priority is given to reviewed materials, then first-hand knowledge of materials. Ideally two current reviews would fill the criteria for purchase. Appendix P- suggested Professional resources list

Suggested Professional Review Sources:

The following are some of the sources used for review of materials:

  • Booklist
  • Book Report
  • Horn Book
  • School Library Journal
  • Library Media Connection
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Wilson’s Elementary School Library Collection
  • Wilson's Children
  • Wilson's Fiction
  • Wilson's Middle and Junior High School
  • Wilson's Senior High School
  • VOYA

The selection of learning resources on controversial issues shall be directed toward maintaining a balanced collection representing various views. Learning resources shall clarify historical and contemporary forces by presenting and analyzing intergroup tension and conflict objectively, placing emphasis on recognizing and understanding social and economic problems.

The major criterion for the final decision on challenged materials is the appropriateness of the material for its intended educational use. No challenged library material shall be removed solely because of the expressed ideas therein. (SAISD Board Policy  EFA)

Selection of materials is an ongoing process that shall include the removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn materials still of educational value.