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Library Selection Policy

The John H. Pitman High School Library Selection Policy is designed to serve and support the curriculum and the needs and specific interests of our students, as well as the informational and recreational needs of the high school community. The Library provides a wide range of materials for varied levels of reading, in a variety of formats, selected to enrich curriculum and foster the development of our students intellectually and socially.

A Selection Policy is necessary to:

  • Maintain a balanced and broad collection of materials and resources for information, reference, research and recreation.
  • Ensure continued growth of the collection in conjunction with the defined goals and objectives of the curriculum.
  • Support the democratic process through the development of informed and responsible citizens.
  • Inform the community about the Library selection procedures.
  • Provide a measure of response to community concerns.
  • Provide guidelines for selection of materials and resources.
  • Provide a measure of evaluation for the current collection.

The mission of the Selection Policy is to:

Support the academic, professional and personal needs of the high school community.

Support students at all academic levels and interests.

Encourage, inspire and stimulate students’ interests and appreciation for reading and learning.

Responsibility for Selection

The selection of John H. Pitman High School Library materials and resources is the responsibility of the Coordinator of Library Services and the professional staff. Reviews published in professional, literary or general periodicals recognized for their expertise are consulted as the basis of selection. The removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn materials still of educational value is part of the selection process. Suggestions for purchasing materials and resources are welcomed and are given consideration within the guidelines of the Library Selection Policy. Gift materials, free and sponsored materials are evaluated by the same selection criteria as purchased materials.


Criteria for Selection

Note: Materials and resources selected for the John H. Pitman High School Library are based on the merit of the work and its relevance to the needs, interests and demands of the curriculum. The Library neither endorses any particular views or beliefs, nor is the selection of materials by the school an endorsement of any particular viewpoint or author. The responsibility for a student’s reading rests with his/her parent or legal guardian.

The following criteria are used as a guide in the selection process:

Contemporary significance or permanent value.

Contribution to the curriculum and educational goals of the school.

Relevance to the interests of students.

Favorable reviews published in standard selection resources.

Authority, reputation and significance of the author, and publisher.

Contribution to the breadth and diversity of viewpoints.

Contribution to multicultural awareness.

Quality, durability and variety of format.

Suitability of format and appearance for intended use.

Value, proportionate to cost and/or need.