Collection Development

Responsibility for selection: The policies for materials selection shall be stated by the Library Board, but final selection and purchase of materials is the responsibility of the Director.

Criteria of selection:
A. The Library shall provide any materials which help to meet its mission statement and goals. Materials will be purchased in a variety of formats which meet the needs of the Mansfield community.

B. Materials shall be selected carefully and judiciously, taking into account such factors as anticipated or existing patron demand, reputation and skill of the author, existing holdings in the subject area, reviews in established review media, and availability of the material from other sources.

C. The Library recognizes that some materials may be controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. An effort shall be made to present more than one side of a controversial issue. Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents, and no catalogued book or other item will be shelved separately, except for the express purpose of protecting it from injury or theft.

D. Titles in heavy demand may be duplicated.

E. Replacement copies may be purchased of those titles which have lasting value or interest.

F. In order to maintain a vital and useful collection, materials that are out-of-date, inaccurate, superseded by new material, fail to meet community needs, or in bad physical condition shall be discarded. Weeding of materials will be supervised by the Director.

G. Gifts of books or other materials may be accepted on the recommendation of the Director. All materials that are added to the collection as gifts shall be judged by the same criteria as are used for purchase.

H. The Library recognizes the role of parents/guardians to supervise their children’s use of Library materials.