Selection of Library Materials
A well-balanced collection of library materials is essential to the promotion of information literacy for all students. In order to provide a current and relevant collection, NEISD Board Policy will be followed in the selection of library materials.
In addition, literary review sources such as School Library Journal, Horn Book, Booklist, VOYA, etc., should be consulted before selections are purchased. Consideration should be based on appropriateness to the level of students, school/community culture, relationship to the curriculum, and appeal to students.
Challenged Library Materials
Occasionally there may be an objection to a particular item in the collection. Please develop an awareness of the procedures and policy regarding the reconsideration of such items. It is suggested that each librarian form a Library Advisory Committee to serve in the capacity of a Reconsideration Committee, if needed, and provide support for material selection.
School libraries support classroom curriculum by providing print and electronic resources. While multiple copies are sometimes purchased (i.e. award books for a particular year), the library budget is not to be used to purchase class or grade level sets of books. Most library materials barcoded and placed in the ILS (Integrated Library System) will be available for Interlibrary Loan; therefore, careful consideration should be made when entering items not normally circulated.
District Purchased Digital Content
Digital books (eBooks and audiobooks) are purchased by Library Services for district-wide use.
NEISD Board Policy will be followed in the selection of digital content. See EF Local Instructional Resources. In addition, literary review sources such as School Library Journal, Horn Book, Booklist, VOYA, etc., will be consulted before selections are purchased. Consideration will be based on appropriateness to the level of students.
A Library Services Advisory Committee will assist in the reconsideration process of content restrictions for titles in this collection. The final decision on any content restriction change will be made by the Director for Library Services.