1. Responsibility for Selection of library Materials
Although the administrator of the Arkansas Career Training Institute is legally responsible for all aspects of the operation of the institution, the selection of materials is delegated to professionally trained library staff.
2. Criteria for Selection of Materials
The librarian, working cooperatively with the Library Advisory Committee, other instructional staff and students, will consider contents of the existing collection and needs of the curriculum in planning for purchase of materials. Reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared selection aids shall be consulted as guides. No one publication need determine selection, and the critical opinions of reviewers should be checked against each other. Criteria for selection of materials include the following:
a. Print materials - Authority - Accuracy and objectivity - Timeliness or permanence - Format - Readability
b. Periodicals - Accuracy and objectivity - Content available through indexes - Need in reference work to supplement book collection - Local interest in subject matter for recreational reading
c. Non-print Materials - Accuracy and objectivity - Timeliness or permanence - Authoritativeness - Format - Compatibility with equipment available
3. Suggested Selection Aids (Print and Online)
Senior High School Library Catalog H.W. Wilson - Public Library Catalog H.W. Wilson - Fiction Catalog H.W. Wilson - Booklist (bi-monthly) - School Library Journal (monthly) - Library Media Connection (bi-monthly),
Selection is an ongoing process which should include the removal of materials no longer appropriate to school needs and the replacement of lost and damaged materials still of educational value. The decision to remove or retain an item in the collection is to be based on the following criteria:
a. Physical condition of the materials
b. Number of copies remaining the the library
c. Provision of adequate coverage in the field
d. Availability of similar materials in the collection
e. Duplicates no longer in heavy demand
f. Obsolete materials - those outdated in style, theme and contents
g. Materials with superseded editions
h. No item will be discarded that will have historical significance to the State of Arkansas
5. Handling of Gifts
Gifts of books and non-book materials will be evaluated and selected for inclusion in the learning resource center collection on the same basis as new materials added to the collection. It is the discretion of the librarian whether to accept or refuse a gift.
6. Dealing With Challenged Materials
If an individual or group criticizes the content of any library material, the following procedure will be followed:
a. The Administrator, librarian or other appropriate staff shall explain to the questioner the library's selection procedure, criteria, and qualifications of those persons selecting materials.
b. The Administrator, librarian or other appropriate staff shall explain the particular place the questioned material occupies in the educational program, its intended usefulness, and additional information regarding its use; or the questioner shall be referred to someone who can so explain.
c. If the questioner wishes to file a formal challenge, a copy of the institution's selection policy and a Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources form shall be given or mailed to the concerned party.
d. Challenged materials will be kept in circulation pending the completion of the reconsideration process.
e. Upon receipt of the completed form, the Administrator shall request a review of the challenged material by an appointed committee which should consist of a ACTI Administrator, a ACTI Librarian, a member of the ACTI Recreational staff a staff from the subject area of the material questioned, if applicable.
f. Within one month of receipt of the completed form, the committee will:
1. Review the referred material in its entirety;
2. Check general acceptance of the materials in published reviews, bibliographies, and recommended lists, and use by other institutions;
3. Weigh values and faults against each other and form opinion based on the material as a while and not on passages pulled out of context;
4. Determine the extent to which the material supports the curriculum or the stated goals of the institution;
5. Complete the Checklist for Reconsideration of Library Materials, judging the material for its strength and value as a whole and not in part;
6. Present written recommendations to the ACTI Administrator.
7. Material is retained or withdrawn by the ACTI Administrator's decision.
8. The written report shall be discussed with the questioner;
9. Written copies of the report shall be retained by the Administrator and written reports, once filed, are confidential and are available for examination by appropriate officials only.
10. The request for reconsideration and checklist for reconsideration are available from the library staff upon request.