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Collection Development Policy

Responsibility for Selection
The Laurel County Public Library Board delegates the responsibility for the selection of materials to the director, who appoints individuals and committees from the staff to select materials for specific collections. Staff have a wide range of reading backgrounds and interests and are knowledgeable in all areas of library media and keep current in assessment of user needs. The library staff consults a variety of reviewing sources and selection tools.

Selection tools used by the staff include:
  • Library Journal
  • Booklist
  • Publishers Weekly
  • New York Times Book Review
  • Horn Book
  • School Library Journal
  • Newspaper and magazine reviews
  • Best seller lists
  • Publisher and Bookseller catalogs
  • Other media publicity
  • Patron requests
  • Internet sources
  • Various standing order plans from different companies due to the popularity of materials
  • Book leasing programs
  • Guidelines for Selection of Material
  • Community needs, interests and demand
  • Relationship to the collection
  • Recommendations of reviews
  • Reputation and qualifications of the creators, publisher, or producer
  • Literary, artistic, and technical values
  • Availability of material in other libraries
  • Format
  • Durability
  • Price
  • Suitability for intended user
  • Judgment of work as a whole
  • Books
    Consideration is given to:
  • Demand displayed by the community
  • Value to overall selection
  • Credibility of information
  • Current treatment of topic
  • Popularity of title
  • DVDs
    Selection emphasis is placed on critically acclaimed and educational items.

    Audio Items
    Selection emphasis is placed on popular fiction or non-fiction items. Both abridged and unabridged versions are purchased.

    Musical Works
    Consideration is given to:
  • Demand displayed by the community
  • Value to overall music collection
  • Reconsideration of Challenged Materials
    Once an item has been accepted as qualifying under the selection policies and criteria of the Laurel County Public Library, it will not be removed from the collection unless it can be shown to be in violation of these policies and criteria. In the instance of a challenged item, a Request for Reconsideration Form must be completed and given to the Director of the library. The Director will appoint a committee to consider the challenged material and present a recommendation on the request. The Director will make a decision regarding the material. The requestor may appeal the decision to the Board of Trustees.

    Donations and Gifts
    Gift materials, donations, and bequests of private collections are accepted with the understanding that their inclusion in the collection, sale, or disposal is subject to the needs of the library. The decisions are based upon the criteria set forth in this document. Gifts, donations, or bequests which have specific stipulations attached are not normally accepted.

    Weeding
    Withdrawal or weeding of materials which are no longer useful to the current collection is as necessary as the purchase of materials. Factors to be considered are:
  • Age of the material
  • Availability of a newer edition
  • Significance of the item
  • Use or popularity
  • Condition of the material
  • Replacement
    An item which has been lost, damaged, or weeded from the collection will not be automatically replaced. Need for replacement will be determined by the selection criteria and other factors which include:
  • Demand for the specific title or material
  • Subject coverage in more current material
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