The Leicester School Committee is in agreement with the School Library Association, which believes that “the purpose of a school library is to provide a wide range of books and multimedia resources to support teaching and learning throughout the key stages, and foster a reading and information culture that promotes independent motivated readers and learners for life.”
Definition of Library Resources
Library resources are those materials, both print and non-print, found in school libraries that support curricular and personal information needs.

Criteria for Selection of Library Resources
  1. Library resources shall support and be consistent with the general educational goals of the state and District and the core values and objectives of the individual schools.
  2. Library resources shall meet high standards of quality in factual content, artistic and literary value, and presentation.
  3. Library resources shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, social and emotional development, ability level, and learning styles of students for whom materials are selected.
  4. Materials shall have aesthetic, literary, scientific or social value.
  5. Library materials shall meet the needs and interests of students and faculty.
  6. Library resources shall be current and up to date.
  7. Library resources shall be selected to help students gain an awareness of our diverse society.
  8. The selection of library materials on controversial issues will be directed towards maintaining a diverse collection representing various views. In accordance with the District's policy of providing instructional materials on opposing sides of controversial issues, it should be noted that neither the media centers nor the District serve as advocates for the ideas expressed in any materials, nor does the presence of any material indicate automatic endorsement of the ideas expressed therein.

Disclosure of Information/Privacy of Circulation Records
Circulation records shall not be made available to anyone except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized by law.

Re-evaluation (Culling) of Library Resources
The continuous review of library/media center materials is necessary as a means of maintaining a useful and active collection. As new materials are selected and added, some older materials are withdrawn. The responsibility for determining which materials are to be withdrawn rests with the professional staff.

Among the reasons for withdrawing an item are the following:
  • Curricular changes have rendered superfluous some materials (or multiple copies of materials) formerly used but no longer in demand.
  • Some materials contain factual material that is no longer accurate nor current.
  • Some materials intended for recreational reading have become dated or unattractive and are no longer in demand. (Some such books, which are deemed “standards” or “classics,” will be retained even though they rarely circulate).
  • Some materials have become worn out, damaged or physically deteriorated and have lost utility and/or appeal.
  • Some materials have been superseded by newer items, which present the same information, but in superior format.

Withdrawn library/media center materials are processed in one or more of the following ways:
  • Made available to be used as resource or supplementary material by teachers.
  • Offered to other media centers in the District, as it is possible that a material, which lacks utility in one building, may have some usefulness in another.
  • Contributed to appropriate charitable or educational agencies.
  • Discarded, when warranted.

Continuing evaluation is closely related to the goals and responsibilities of library/media centers and is a valuable tool of collection development. This procedure is not to be used as a convenient or expedient means to remove materials presumed to be controversial or likely to be disapproved by segments of the community. Materials are not to be proscribed or removed because of actual or potential partisan or doctrinal disapproval, nor because of the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation.

ADOPTED: April 14, 2015