It is the policy of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District that the responsibility for library material selection lies with the media specialist (librarian), subject to approval of the Superintendent VSA 3743.
The media specialist shall work cooperatively with the administration and professional staff in selecting library materials.
The superintendent shall establish guidelines for:
- Library material selection criteria
- Library material selection procedures, and
- A procedure for challenged materials.
Library Selection Material,
Administration Rules, p. 2
I. Criteria for Selection
The following criteria will be used in selecting all print and non-print library materials:
A. Relevance to SVSU curricula
B. Relevance to the developmental learning stages of children
C. Diverse appeal
D. Different points of view
E. High artistic quality
F. Superior format
G. Factual accuracy
K. Quality of stimulating presentation
O. Style appropriate to idea
II. Procedure for Selection
A. The media specialist is responsible for materials selection pursuant to board policy 6100 and 16VSA 3743.
B. The media specialist will adhere to the criteria for selection set forth by the superintendent.
C. The media specialist will work cooperatively with the administration and teachers to select library materials.
D. The media specialist will consider specific requests from administration, teachers, parents, and students when selecting materials.
E. Gift materials will be judged according to the criteria for selection set forth by the superintendent before acceptance.
F. No conditions may be imposed by donor or vendor on any materials, either gift or purchase, after they are approved; except that conditions may be applied to certain materials by the administration prior to or after their approval and acceptance.
G. Annually, and as needed, the media specialist shall compile a list of materials to be acquired subject to the approval of the superintendent (16 USA 3743).
III. Challenged Materials
Occasionally objections to certain materials may arise. Any citizen who wishes to challenge the use of any library materials must follow the procedures outlined below:
A. The complainant shall put his/her objections in writing. The Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Media Material Form will be available from the media specialist or the school office.
B. A copy of the complaint, signed and dated, will be submitted to the media specialist and the principal.
C. The complaint will be investigated by the media specialist. A meeting between the complainant, principal, and media specialist will be arranged. Following this meeting, the principal will notify the superintendent, or his designee, as to the nature of the complaint.
D. If the complaint is not resolved between the complainant and the principal, the complainant may request a meeting with the superintendent, or his designee, to attempt a resolution of the complaint.
E. If the complaint is not resolved between the complainant and the superintendent, the complainant may request a hearing before the Board of Directors. The hearing shall be scheduled at the next regular meeting of the Board following the complainant's request. The material in question may be temporarily withdrawn from circulation, at the discretion of the superintendent, pending a decision of the Board (Note: No library material will be withdrawn from circulation at any level without approval of the superintendent). After hearing the complaint, the Board will render a decision, and written notice of that decision will be sent to all parties to the complaint.
See: Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials Form