Selection of Materials 6-65.1

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 6-65.1


Library Media Centers: Selection of Materials

  1. Responsibility for Selection

    While the selection of materials involves many people, including library-media specialists, teachers, students, supervisors and administrators, the final responsibility for coordinating and recommending the selection and purchase of library materials rests with the professional library-media personnel.

  2. Criteria for Selection and Evaluation of Materials

    The needs of each individual school, based on knowledge of the curriculum and of the existing collection, are given first consideration when materials are being evaluated for selection.

    Materials, whether purchased or donated, should be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    1. Suitability of subject and style for intended audience
    2. Suitability of format (physical form)
    3. Timeliness
    4. Accuracy of content
    5. Relationship to already existing material on the subject
    6. Attention to critiques and reviews
  3. Procedures for Selection

    In selecting materials for school media programs, the library-media specialist will evaluate the existing collection, assess curricular needs, examine materials, and consult reputable professionally prepared selection aids. Recommendations for acquisition will be solicited from faculty and students.

Approved by Superintendent: October 19, 1993