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Leonard Public Library


Leonard Public library collection policy


Collection Development Policy

The Leonard Public Library provides materials and services to support the informational and educational needs of the citizens of Leonard and the surrounding communities. The primary functional roles that support this mission are:

1.   Popular Materials  for the  Library

Secondary roles are:

1.   Independent Learning Center    

2.   Community Information Center

These functional roles will be considered in the development of the collection, and will receive priority in the allocations of resources and funds.

Selection and purchase of library materials rests with the library director who may delegate some responsibilities to other staff members. Staff will adhere to accepted professional practices when making selection decisions. First, the recreational, educational and informational needs of the community will be considered in selecting materials.

Before the beginning of each budget year, the director will determine how the limited funds will be allocated among the major collection subdivisions (e.g., adult non-fiction, fiction, reference, periodicals, children’s collection and non-print materials). Circulation statistics and counts on in-house use of materials will be monitored to assist in decision making. Average cost per item, as determined by the previous year’s purchases and reports in library and publishing journals will also be considered in allocation funds.

Materials will be selected based on positive reviews in professional journals or actual examination and evaluation of materials. Instead of reviews, popular demand (bestsellers, local interest) may be used as the criterion for selection of materials. Items that must be updated every year may be placed on a standing order list to ensure timely delivery. Suggestions from the community for items to be considered for purchase are strongly encouraged, but materials must meet selection criteria.

The Leonard Public Library does not attempt to acquire textbooks that support local curricula. Generally, only one copy of materials in other formats (video, compact disk, tape) will be purchased unless long-term high demand is anticipated. Video and audio recordings will be selected for potential long term use to meet general interests. Regardless of an item’s popularity, the library may choose not to select it, because its format is not durable enough to withstand reasonable library use, or it would require excessive staff time to maintain.

Objections to items in the collection should be made in writing to the library director. Patrons will be asked to complete the form “Request for Reconsideration of Materials”. Materials that no longer meet the needs of the community and no longer support the library’s collection will be withdrawn and disposed of in accordance with the library’s “Weeding of Materials” policy. It is the duty of the library director to protect library collections from removal of materials based on personal bias or prejudice, and to select and support the access to materials on all subjects that meet, as closely as possible, the needs and interests of all persons in the community that the library serves.