- Selection of Materials
The appropriate selection of library materials is central to carrying out the Karl Junginger Memorial Library’s mission, by “striving to bring people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives and strengthen community.
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.
Selection of materials will not be made based on anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely based on the principles stated in this policy. Responsibility for choosing what an individual will read rests with the individual. Responsibility for the use of library materials by children and young adults rest with their parents or legal guardians.
The Materials Selection Policy applies to all formats in circulation.
Context for the Policy
The KJM Library supports the individual’s right to have access to ideas and information representing all points of view. 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.
Responsibility for Selection Activities
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 library staff.
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.
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.
Selection of library materials will not be influenced by:
- The possibility they may come into the possession of children or young adults.
- The liability of materials to theft or mutilation.
KJM Library does not select digital materials which are provided through a state-wide buying pool through the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. KJM Library has no direct control over this selection.
Using the above guidelines, Karl Junginger Memorial Library staff shall consider:
- Contemporary significance or permanent value.
- Accuracy of content.
- Authority of the author/creator.
- Relation of the work to the existing collection.
- Price, format, and ease of use.
- Scarcity of information in the subject area.
- Patron requests and the authority of the requestor.
- Popular demand, such as titles on best seller lists.
- Relation of the work to the existing collection.
- Availability of material elsewhere in the community, library system and through interlibrary loan.
Tools used in selection include professional journals, trade journals, subject bibliographies, publisher’s promotional materials and reviews from reputable sources.
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.
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.
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.
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. The selectors will use the criteria in the widely accepted CREW Method (Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding). The CREW method has six general criteria for considering weeding an item from the library’s collection. These have been summed up with the acronym MUSTIE:
M = Misleading – factually inaccurate
U = Ugly – worn beyond mending or rebinding
S = Superseded – by a new edition of by a much better book on the subject
T = Trivial – of no discernible literary or scientific merit
I = Irrelevant to the needs and interests of the library’s community
E = Elsewhere – the material is easily obtainable from another library
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.
Reconsideration of Materials
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, Reconsideration of Material, states the process for reconsideration.
Amended: 03/25/2004, 09/21/2006, 05/21/2014, 07/26/2022
Reviewed: 03/14/2017, 01/08/2019