Scope of the Collection

Formats The library provides materials and services that reflect the diverse educational, information, and recreational needs of its users. In so doing, the library provides access to content through print, multimedia and technology. The library recognizes that content and medium should be suitably matched, and that library patrons have different learning styles and preferences for how they receive information. Therefore, Gilbertville Public provides materials in a variety of formats, including, when appropriate:

1. Print Hardcovers, paperbacks, magazines, and newspapers

2. Non-print Audio, Books on CD, DVD and video formats, puzzles and games.

3. Digital resources On-line databases; software programs; and the Internet.

Children and Young Adults

The childrens collection serves children through grade five. The childrens collection focuses on highly recommended picture books for preschoolers and on popular reading and the information needs of children of school age. The young adults collection serves young people from sixth through ninth grade. Gilbertville Public Library cooperates with the public school libraries so that their respective services may complement each other. The library strives to compliment the schools collections and offers a supplemental deposit collection for school projects.

The collection for children is chosen with the emphasis on materials that develop reading ability, inform children about the world around them, stimulate the imagination, and entertain. Materials are purchased in print and non-print formats including, but not limited to books, periodicals, audio and video titles, and computer software.

An effort is made to provide titles that appear on school reading lists. The Library offers a special section for Reading List Materials.

Collection Maintenance

In order to maintain a collection that is current, reliable, in good condition, well used, and which relates to the needs and interests of the residents of Gilbertville, materials are withdrawn on a systematic and continuing basis. Materials are withdrawn when they are judged to be dated, inaccurate, seldom used, in poor condition, or otherwise not in compliance with the Criteria for Materials Selection.

See Weeding Policy

Collection Development Policy

The Board of Library Trustees considers and adopts a Collection Development Policy, which they authorize the Library Director to administer. The Director allocates the materials budget annually.

Materials Selection Process

A wide variety of tools are used in the selection of materials, including such sources as professional review journals, popular print and broadcast media, bookstores, electronic interest groups, publishers catalogs, purchase alerts, and patron and staff recommendations.

The Director will exercise good judgment, experience, and use her expertise in the selection of materials, making acquisition decisions as objectively as possible. Evaluation of a work includes the entire work, not just individual parts of the work. A works overall contribution to the collection is a critical determinant for acceptance or rejection. No single criterion can be applied to all materials, and various criteria carry different weights in different circumstances. Contextual considerations - budget and space availability, interlibrary loan availability also shape the selection process.

The library considers all acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, in terms of one or more of the following:

Criteria for Materials Selection

1. Level of funding for materials

2. Relevance to Librarys mission and service roles

3. Informational and recreational needs of users

4. Local demand

5. Current usefulness or interest

6. Community needs surveys and assessments

7. Authority and accuracy

8. Importance as a record of the times

9. Relevance to the existing collections strengths and weaknesses

10. High standards of quality in content and format

11 . Price and availability

12. Format, durability, and ease of use

13. Suitability of format for subject and users needs

14. Relevance to the history of Gilbertville

Scope of the Collection

Formats The library provides materials and services that reflect the diverse educational, information, and recreational needs of its users. In so doing, the library provides access to content through print, multimedia and technology. The library recognizes that content and medium should be suitably matched, and that library patrons have different learning styles and preferences for how they receive information. Therefore, Gilbertville Public provides materials in a variety of formats, including, when appropriate:

1. Print Hardcovers, paperbacks, magazines, and newspapers

2. Non-print Audio, Books on CD, DVD and video formats, puzzles and games.

3. Digital resources On-line databases; software programs; and the Internet.

Children and Young Adults

The childrens collection serves children through grade five. The childrens collection focuses on highly recommended picture books for preschoolers and on popular reading and the information needs of children of school age. The young adults collection serves young people from sixth through ninth grade. Gilbertville Public Library cooperates with the public school libraries so that their respective services may complement each other. The library strives to compliment the schools collections and offers a supplemental deposit collection for school projects.

The collection for children is chosen with the emphasis on materials that develop reading ability, inform children about the world around them, stimulate the imagination, and entertain. Materials are purchased in print and non-print formats including, but not limited to books, periodicals, audio and video titles, and computer software.

An effort is made to provide titles that appear on school reading lists. The Library offers a special section for Reading List Materials.

Collection Maintenance

In order to maintain a collection that is current, reliable, in good condition, well used, and which relates to the needs and interests of the residents of Gilbertville, materials are withdrawn on a systematic and continuing basis. Materials are withdrawn when they are judged to be dated, inaccurate, seldom used, in poor condition, or otherwise not in compliance with the Criteria for Materials Selection.

See Weeding Policy

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