401. Selection of Materials

1. Introduction
a. The appropriate selection of library materials is central to carrying out the Karl Junginger Memorial Library’s mission, by encouraging “an informed citizenry in a lifelong love of learning and reading” while striving “to remove the barriers of ignorance, intolerance, indifference and censorship.
b. Ongoing materials selection activities are founded on staff familiarity with existing collections, their awareness of the needs of library users, and their knowledge of retrospective, current and future trends in informational, educational, and recreational materials suitable for public library use.
c. The purpose of this Materials Selection Policy is to guide staff in the acquisition of material that is of current interest and/or of lasting value to existing and potential library users. The Policy is also intended to familiarize library users with the principles upon which selection decisions are made for the Karl Junginger Memorial Library collections.
d. The Materials Selection Policy applies to all formats in circulation.

2. Context for the Policy
a. The selection of library materials for the Karl Junginger Memorial Library is driven by principles defined in the Karl Junginger Memorial Library Mission Statement and is further informed by the Freedom to Read statement jointly made by the American Library Association and the Association of American Publishers, and the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

3. Responsibility for Selection Activities
a. While oversight for library collections rests with the Board of Trustees, the responsibility for selection of materials is vested in the Library Director who may delegate this professional activity to qualified and knowledgeable resource staff.

4. Selection Guidelines
a. Selection activities are supported by attention to critical reviews,
bibliographies, knowledge of publishing trends, and recommendations from library patrons. Activities are responsibly exercised within the context of available funds.

b. The Karl Junginger Memorial Library selects:

  • Source materials and thoughtful interpretations that document or shed light on the past.
  • Contemporary materials representing varying points of view that are of current interest and possible future significance.
  • Materials that inform and increase an individual’s ability to function
    effectively as a member of society.
  • Materials that provide aesthetic experiences, stimulate the imagination and increase an individual’s potential creativity.
  • Materials that expand an individual’s understanding of the world in which they live.
  • Materials that entertain and may enhance an individual’s enjoyment of life.
  • Materials in differing languages as appropriate.
  • Special consideration is given to materials with Wisconsin and local content.

c. The exceptions are digital materials, which are provided through a state-wide buying pool, to which KJML contributes funds. These materials include audio, video and electronic books and are selected for Overdrive through the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. KJML has no direct control over this selection, other than to recommend titles for license. Selection Committee and WPLC Collection Development Policy
can be found here: http://www.wplc.info/committees/selection-committee.

5. Selection Criteria
a. Using the above guidelines, Karl Junginger Memorial Library staff shall consider:

  • Suitability of physical form for library use.
  • Suitability of subject and style for the intended audience.
  • Present and potential relevance to community users.
  • Insight into the human and social condition.
  • Importance as a record of the times.
  • Relationship to the existing collection.
  • Availability of material from other local libraries and through interlibrary loan.
  • Reputation, skill, competence and purpose of the originator of the work.
  • Attention of critics, reviewers and the public.
  • Item cost.
  • Recommendations from library patrons.

6. New Formats
a. Careful consideration is given to the introduction of new formats to Karl Junginger Memorial Library collections. Budget considerations, community needs and the probable impact on existing resources are all reviewed before items are selected and introduced to collections in a new format.
b. The selection of material in any new format may result in the library’s decision to retire specific items or material formats from its collections.

7. Donated Items
a. Items donated to the Karl Junginger Memorial Library will become the sole property of the library, and thus may be added to the collection, discarded or sold at the discretion of the Library Director.

8. De-selection Activities
a. The Karl Junginger Memorial Library’s collection is not archival, and is regularly assessed for condition, accuracy, currency, usage, and relevance to library patrons. The de-selection of materials from any collection is a formal process conducted by knowledgeable staff as a necessary means to maintain collection vitality, size and scope.
b. The following are some of the criteria considered when making de- selection choices:
a. Condition of the material.
b. Validity of its content.
c. Demand.
d. Cost of maintenance.
e. Historical value.
f. Literary significance.
g. Space constraints.

9. Reconsideration of Materials
a. The library recognizes the right of any individual or group to reject library material for personal use, but does not accord to any individual or group the right to restrict the freedom of others to make use of that same material. Policy 405 states the process for reconsideration.

10. Interlibrary Loan
a. Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of this library’s collection. In return for utilizing interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, the Karl Junginger Memorial Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network, and to make an effort to have its current holdings listed in a tool that is
accessible by other libraries throughout the state.

Amended & Reviewed: 03/25/04, 09/21/06,
05/21/14, 03/14/2017, 01/08/2019