Seville Township Library

Collection Development

Collection Development Manual

Purpose

To establish a framework for continuous evaluation and improvement of collections that support the mission and core values of the Seville Township Library.

Goals

·         To strive for a well-balanced, comprehensive, and of adequate size and diversity collection to meet the needs of its user.

·         To continue improving our collection so that it is up-to-date and well maintained.

·         To utilize statistics in usage of the collections to insure that proper allocation of the material budget.

·         To continually evaluate and identify new formats to make the collection more valuable and accessible to our patrons.  

Materials Selection Policy

I. Philosophy

The mission of Seville Township Library is to make available library materials that serve the informational, educational, and person needs of the community. We are committed to supporting a lifetime of reading.

Seville Township Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom stated in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement. We are committed to honor the rights of an individual to use the library regardless of race, religion, age, national origin, or social and/or political views. The library provides equal service to all of our library users.

Purchases are made with our patrons in mind. Patron requests and statistical inference of the usage of the collections prompt the purchase of new items to provide library materials that are needed and requested.

II. Selection Process

Library materials are selected by the director after consulting with various forms of reviews and web resources. Circulation statistics and patron usage are used to guide the selection process. 

III. Standards of Selection

The library attempts to purchase a wide variety of fiction that will fulfil the needs of the patron. Titles are chosen that consider the popularity of the author, the appeal of book for a specific audience, genre, and literary reputation of the author.

Nonfiction is purchased to suite a variety of interests and needs of the patrons. Popular subjects such as cooking, house and garden, crafts, outdoor activities, people of interest are all considered when purchasing new nonfiction items.

Due to paperbacks being easily damaged, their processing and cataloging will be kept to a minimum. If a hardback version of an item is available, the hardback will be purchased over a paperback edition.

Books donated and gifted to the library may be accepted if in good condition. If the item is in good condition, it will be checked against the collection to see if it is needed by the library. The Seville Township Library reserves the right to either sell the item at the library book sale or otherwise dispose of it.

IV. Objections to Library Materials

An individual may express their objection to library materials by completing a ‘Statement Regarding Library Materials’ form. Once the form is completed, the library director will review the statement and the library material in question and evaluate the purpose that library item serves in the collection. A response will be made to the individual who stated an objection.

V. Young Adult Materials

A young adult patron of the library has access to the entire library collection with exceptions of the video collection. A young adult collection has been developed for the purpose of meeting the recreational and informational needs of the 13-18 aged population. Any limitations placed upon the reading material is at the discretion of the parent or guardian.  Materials are chosen through book lists from established sources and online journal reviews.

VI. Pre-Teen Materials

A pre-teen patron of the library has access to the entire library collection with exceptions of the video collection. A pre-teen collection has been developed for the purpose of meeting the recreational and information needs of the 8-12 aged population. Any limitations placed upon the reading material is at the discretion of the parent or guardian. Materials are chosen through book lists from established sources and online journal reviews.

VII. Children’s Materials

A children’s collection has been developed for the purpose of meeting the recreational and informational needs for personal development. Effort is made to continually update and weed items that are outdated.

Selection Sources

·         Amazon.com

·         Booklist

·         Barnes and Noble

·         Fantastical Fiction

·         Ingram iPage

·         Ingram Advance

·         Ingram Select

·         Kirkus Reviews

·         New York Times

·         Publisher’s Weekly

·         Teenreads

Selection Criteria

Reviews: Reviews are utilized to assist in evaluating items. A favorable review is required before a purchase is made.

Demand: Adult fiction in demand based on local interest, author popularity, and other factors are almost always purchased. Non-fiction titles in demand will also be purchased unless inaccuracy of information is presented.

Authors: The author’s previous publications and qualifications are important when selecting material.

Formats: Formats of material should be appropriate for library use. Ideally, books will have good bindings and attempts to buy hardcover will be made. Audiovisual materials should be able to withstand heavy use and durability is considered.

Price: Price is a considered in the relation to the value of the item to the library collection. Items exceeding $60.00 are avoided to protect the patron from paying a replacement cost.

Local Authors: Local authors often donate their publications. Items donated will be placed in the collection. Self-published items will be reviewed against our selection criteria, and if there is a high interest in the subject, the item will be purchased. However, if there is not a need for it in within our collection, self-published items will not be purchased.

Gifts: Donated material is accepted with the understanding that the Seville Township Library may or may not be added to the collection. Items not added will be added for the book sale.

Memorial Gifts: Monetary gifts made to the library in memory of, or in honor of, an individual will have staff select and purchase the book and then a memorial plaque will be placed in the item.

Children’s and Young Adult Materials: The appointed staff and director will evaluate items for inclusion into the collection.

Nonprint: Recreational interest in considered for featured films for the inclusion into the collection.

Replacement Copies

Titles that are still in demand will be repurchased. Circulation statistics will be reviewed to determine if the item is still needed in the collection. Items that are no longer in demand, but a patron is requesting the item can be found on interlibrary loan.