Collection Development Policy

Mission

 To promote lifelong learning, develop critical thinking skills in utilizing information resources, and acquire an appreciation of literature by providing opportunities for all students to gain the self-confidence necessary to successfully learn in an information-rich world.

Scope of Collection

The Media Center serves the student population, faculty, staff, administration, and parents of KOA Elementary School. The Media Center strives to offer materials for instruction and curriculum support as well as recreational reading.

The Media Center provides a variety of print and non-print materials to all users. Users have access to online databases and other electronic resources. The physical library holds a collection of fiction and non-fiction books at a range of reading levels. The collection also includes audio books, Playaways, and DVDs for instructional use. Materials are offered for instructor resources and professional development.

Budget and Funding

The Media Center is funded through two main sources. State instructional money is used to purchase new circulating materials. The other source of funding is currently two for-profit book fairs held twice a year. Other fundraisers can be utilized as needed and approved. This section of the budget is used to purchase materials and other library resources and equipment.

Selection of Materials

All materials purchased for the Media Center will be evaluated on the following criteria: appropriateness for intended audience, age and relevance of the material, stakeholder request, contribution of material to multicultural awareness and diversity including on controversial issues, importance to the field of knowledge, and support of the curriculum.

The materials will be chosen by evaluating professional reviews, awards lists, bestseller lists, current book trends, and other resources.

All donated materials will be subject to the same evaluation criteria.

Maintenance of Collection

The Media Center collection will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to keep the collection relevant to the needs and interests of the stakeholders. This includes print, electronic, and all other resources.

Weeding will be undertaken throughout the year by the Media Specialist. Materials will be evaluated on age and relevance, condition, and relevance to the curriculum. Items pulled will be discarded according to district procedure.

Challenge to Material Policy

KOA Elementary School follows the American Library Association in promoting intellectual freedom for all its stakeholders.

If there is a challenge to an item, Policy 4.30 (Challenged Materials) as laid out in the School Board Rules will be followed.


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