The Avalon Free Public Library places major emphasis on informational, recreational and educational functions. It recognizes the importance of basic materials of permanent value and timely materials on current issues. Materials will be purchased in the format that best suits the patron’s needs.
The Trustees of the library support the Library Bill of Rights promulgated by the American Library Association, and it serves as the basis of this policy and other lending policies of this library. Choice of materials will result from a variety of professional activities on the part of the Library Director. Reviews of new books from both professional journals and popular reviewing media form an important tool in the selection process. Recommendations from the staff and public are also welcome and evaluated within the framework of the acquisition process.
The Library Director has the final responsibility for the selection of all materials to be incorporated into the library’s collection, regardless of the mode of acquisition. It is the Director’s responsibility to provide materials that are both of current interest and permanent value, that are up-to-date, that are responsive to the needs of every segment of the community and that do not discriminate against political, religious, economic, or social view or group through deliberate exclusion of their views. The Director shall try to provide for a diversity of materials without exercising direct or implied censorship. The Director shall be responsible for expending available funds in an equitable manner so that all divisions of the collection receive a just proportion of said funds.
All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, are considered in terms of the standards listed below. However, an item need not meet all the criteria in order to be acceptable. Materials are evaluated on the significance of the entire work rather than individual parts. When judging the quality of materials several standards and combinations of standards may be used. The following principals will guide selection:
· Contemporary significance or permanent value
· Community interest
· Accuracy of content
· Reputation and/or authority of the author, editor or publisher
· Literary merit
· Relation to the existing collection and to other materials on the subject
· Price, availability and demand
· Format and ease of use
· Scarcity of information in the subject area
· Availability of material in other area libraries
· Attention of critics, reviewers, media and public
Periodicals are purchased to supplement the book collection, provide recreational and professional reading, and/or provide material not yet available in book form. Selection of periodicals will be based upon their consideration as authoritative, objective, of local interest and demand, and indexed in standard periodical indexes.
Gifts of books and other items will be accepted on the condition that the Director has the authority to make whatever disposition he or she deems advisable. Gifts will be judged upon the same basis as purchased materials.
To maintain the effectiveness of the library’s total collection, the library will attempt to systematically remove materials no longer useful. Need for replacement is weighed with regard to several factors: number of duplicate copies, existence of adequate coverage of a field, similar materials in the collection, later or more authoritative as well as current demand for the particular subject or title.