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6. Print Materials

The Library's general policy shall be to purchase books and materials which will best satisfy the patrons of the Library within the budgetary limitations imposed by its funding sources. A conscientious effort shall be made to meet the expressed needs of the community. With this in mind, the books and materials acquired by the Library, both purchased items and gifts, are considered in terms of the following criteria:

  1. Current usefulness and public demand
  2. Permanent value as a source material or interpretation
  3. Accuracy and objectivity
  4. Authority of the author (training, skill, field of specialization, contributions to the field, reputation, competence in presentation and purpose)
  5. Physical characteristics of the item (quality, ease of storage, and maintenance)
  6. Relationship of the item to the existing collection as to quality and quantity of materials available
  7. Relative importance in comparison with other works on the subject
  8. Evaluation of critical reviewers in reputable sources such as standard bibliographies, booklists by recognized authorities, and the advice of competent people in specific subject areas
  9. Reputation of publisher
  10. Technical quality of the production and presentation of the item (quality of illustrative material, binding)
  11. Price and availability
  12. Accessibility to the title through indexes and bibliographies

An item, however, need not meet all of the criteria in order to be acceptable. Books and other materials will be considered as whole works and may not be excluded on the basis of individual passages taken out of context.

Textbooks will not be acquired unless a textbook covers a given subject better than other available material and the textbook is not being used as a text in the school system.

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