It is the responsibility of the New Lisbon School District Media Specialist, along with adminstration and teachers:
- To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities and maturity levels of the students served.
- To provide materials that stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards.
- To provide background of information which will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives
- To provide materials representative of many religious, ethnic and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage.
- To provide materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for users of the library.
- To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the Instructional Media Center.
- To promote materials that will provide the students with constructive use of leisure time.
In selecting materials for purchase, the media specialist evaluates the existing collection and consults reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared selection aids such as Library Journal, School Library Journal, Booklist, and standards catalogs. Also, whenever possible, personal examination and evaluation of materials are made, plus recommendations of the teaching staff and suggestions from students. All selections are to be made by the librarian within the limitatations of this policy as approved by the Board of Education.
The School of New Lisbon shall not discriminate in the selection and evaluation of instructional and library materials on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Discrimination complaints shall be processed in accordance with established procedures.
The primary purpose of the Instruction Media Center is to implement, enrich and support the educational programs in all teaching areas, to develop the appreciation of good literature, and to provide for the personal interest and recreational reading of the pupils.
Ultimate responsibility for the selection of instructional materials rests with the New Lisbon School Board of Education.
The district media specialist is responsible for maintaining qualitative standards for the selection of materials. Her professional training and experience enables her to evaluate materials critically. She consults standard tools and reliable guides for the selection of materials and goes beyond the limits of these sources whenever she has the opportunity to examine and evaluate materials carefully.
The teacher's knowledge of materials in his field and of the types of materials appropriate for the needs and abilities of his pupils enables him to make recommendations to the district media specialist to be added to the IMC collection.
Pupils are encouraged to make suggestions for materials to be purchased for the Instructional Media Center.
Changes in curriculum content, instructional methods and needs of teachers and students make necessary the continuous re-evaluation of collections. This process leads to the replacement of outmoded materials with those that are up-to-date, the discarding of materials no longer useful, and the replacement of materials in poor condition.
Gift materials will be accepted by the School District of New Lisbon with the provision that they meet the standards for the selection of materials.
Administrators, classroom and special teachers, and the library staff endorse and apply the principles incorporated in the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association.
Each library collection is considered a segment of the total district library collection. All materials are shared; all materials are made available upon request.
Selection of materials involves many people: district administrator, principals, teachers, and the district media specialist. The responsibility for coordinating the selection of library materials and making the recommendation for purchase rests with the professionally trained library-media personnel.
Needs of the individual school based on knowledge of the curriculum and of the existing collection are given first consideration
LEGAL REF. : Sections 118.03 (2) Wisconsin Statues
118.13 - 120.13 (15) - 121.02 (1) (h)
CROSS REF. 361 - Rule, updating Media Center Collection