Taylor Public Library Collection Development Policy
Approved by Library Board: Aug 16, 2005 Approved by City Council: Sept. 8, 2005 Revised:
mission of the Taylor Public Library is to promote a life long love of
reading and to provide educational, informational, and recreational
resources to patrons of all ages, cultural and economic backgrounds.
Approved by the Library Board, 2-18-97
Principles and Objectives
purpose of the Taylor Public Library is to provide all library users
with carefully selected materials and to assist individuals in the
pursuit of educational and recreational information. The library
collection as a whole will be an unbiased and diverse source of
information, representing multiple viewpoints on a wide range of topics.Materials are selected to best meet these objectives.
Library neither encourages nor discourages any particular viewpoint. No
material will be excluded because of the race, nationality, religion,
gender, sexual orientation, and political or social views of the author.
Selection of materials by the Library does not mean endorsement of the
contents or the views expressed in those materials.
freedom to read, along with the freedom to hear and to view, is
protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United
States.To this end, the Taylor Public Library upholds the principles of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read, and the Texas Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Statement.These documents are at the end of this policy.
4. Parental Responsibility. The Library staff does not serve in loco parentis.It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to supervise and monitor the library activities of their child.
Responsibility for Selection
Library Director is responsible for the selection of library materials
following the guidelines and criteria outlined in this policy.
1. The main points considered in selecting materials are:
a.Individual merit of the item
b.Popular demand and/or patron request
c.Library need for material
e.Authority of author and/or publisher
2.Review sources are used to assist in selecting materials.Review sources used include, but are not limited to, the following:
b.School Library Journal
d.Other professional review publications
e.Area newspapers with book reviews
3.Materials may be selected without a review.Consideration
is given to materials that may be relevant to the library’s collections
(i.e. Texas collection, local interest, local authors.)
of materials collected by the Taylor Public Library include books,
periodicals, newspapers, microforms, audio books, videos & DVDs,
selected software, online databases.New
and emerging formats will be considered when appropriate. The Archives
Collection contains materials pertinent to Taylor history and includes
other paper formats such as documents, photographs, old phone books,
vertical files, and such materials appropriate for this special
Because of limited budget, space, and other factors, the Library cannot provide all materials that are requested.Therefore,
interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those
materials that are beyond the scope of the Taylor Public Library’s
Gifts and Donations
1. General Gifts.The
Taylor Public Library accepts gifts of books and other materials with
the understanding that the items will be added to the collection only if
appropriate and needed. The Library reserves the right to decide the
disposition of all gifts received. Gifts with stipulations as to
handling, placement, etc., other than bookplate wording, if applicable,
will not be accepted.If
items given to the Library are not needed because of duplication,
condition, age, etc., the Library Director will dispose of them as
he/she sees fit and may offer them to the Friends of the Library for
their book sales.
2. Other Gifts.Gifts
of a more specific nature, such as works of art, furniture, equipment,
special collections and real property, shall be referred to the Library
Director for acceptance.The Library Foundation or the Friends of the Library kindly accept nonspecific gifts of money.
& Honorariums. Citizens may wish to honor or memorialize an
individual with the purchase of appropriate Library material to be added
to the collection.Memorial
donations provide individuals with a rich opportunity not only to
express sympathy to the family but also to provide a long-term statement
of admiration and respect for the deceased.The Library Foundation typically accepts donations of funds for memorials or honorariums.The
Library Director makes selection of items purchased as memorials or
honorariums, with consideration given to the donor’s preferences.
Appropriate bookplates will be added to materials in memory of or
honoring individuals. The same criteria for selection of purchased
Library materials will also be applied to gifts and donations.Once
added to the Library collection, gifts, memorials, and such donations
fall under the Collection Development Policy and will be maintained and
handled as the rest of the Library’s holdings.
Library will not appraise the value of donated items, though it can
provide an acknowledgment of items received, if requested by the donor.
1.Criteria.For an up-to-date, attractive and useful collection, a continuous schedule of withdrawal and replacement is required.The CREW Method will be followed as a guideline for appropriate age of materials.Other criteria for evaluation and maintenance of the collection includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a.Condition of the material
b.Usage based on observation and computer generated reports
c.Superseded editions or revisions
d.Popularity and appeal
f.Space and budgetary considerations.
g.Professional appraisal & evaluation.
2.Disposition.The Library Director will determine final disposition of any materials withdrawn from the Library collection.Materials
in poor physical condition or having little anticipated resale value
will be discarded. The Friends of the Library will be allowed to sell
discarded or withdrawn materials, and proceeds of such sales will be
used to support the Library’s mission, programs or to enhance the
Reconsideration of Materials
Taylor Public Library strives to meet a wide variety of tastes and
interests with high quality and popular materials. The City of Taylor is
comprised of many diverse groups, with different beliefs, standards and
citizen has the right to his or her opinions and beliefs. Differences
of opinion regarding the suitability of Library materials may arise.Patrons
requesting that material be withdrawn from the collection or with
concerns about an item’s placement in the Library may complete a
“Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Library Material” form.It is the responsibility of the Library Director to make a final determination on all such requests.
Taylor Public Library
Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Library Material
Title of Material: ___________________________________________________
Your Signature: __________________________________Date: ___________
Library Bill of Rights
American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for
information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should
guide their services.
and other library resources should be provided for the interest,
information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the
library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin,
background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
should provide materials and information presenting all points of view
on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or
removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
c.Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting
abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
e.A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public
they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis,
regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups
requesting their use.
Adopted June 18, 1948.
Amended February 2, 1961, June 27, 1967, and January 23, 1980, by the ALA Council
THE FREEDOM TO READ
Freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under
attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the
country are working to remove books from sale, to censor textbooks, to
label "controversial" books, to distribute lists of "objectionable"
books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise
from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer
valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the
subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as citizens
devoted to the use of books and as librarians and publishers responsible
for disseminating them, wish to assert the public interest in the
preservation of the freedom to read.
are deeply concerned about these attempts at suppression. Most such
attempts rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that
the ordinary citizen, by exercising critical judgment, will accept the
good and reject the bad. The censors, public and private, assume that
they should determine what is good and what is bad for their
trust Americans to recognize propaganda, and to reject it. We do not
believe they need the help of censors to assist them in this task. We do
not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free
press in order to be "protected" against what others think may be bad
for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and
are aware, of course, that books are not alone in being subjected to
efforts at suppression. We are aware that these efforts are related to a
larger pattern of pressures being brought against education, the press,
films, radio and television. The problem is not only one of actual
censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we
suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those
who seek to avoid controversy.
pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of uneasy
change and pervading fear. Especially when so many of our apprehensions
are directed against an ideology, the expression of a dissident idea
becomes a thing feared in itself, and we tend to move against it as
against a hostile deed, with suppression.
yet suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social
tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure
strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions, and
enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every
enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of
our society and leaves it the less able to deal with stress.
as always in our history, books are among our greatest instruments of
freedom. They are almost the only means for making generally available
ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small
audience. They are the natural medium for the new idea and the untried
voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. They
are essential to the extended discussion which serious thought requires,
and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized
believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a
free society and a creative culture. We believe that these pressures
towards conformity present the danger of limiting the range and variety
of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend.
We believe that publishers and librarians have a profound
responsibility to give validity to that freedom to read by making it
possible for the readers to choose freely from a variety of offerings.
freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in
free people will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of
essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany
We therefore affirm these propositions:
is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make
available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those
which are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.
thought is by definition new, and what is new is different. The bearer
of every new thought is a rebel until that idea is refined and tested.
Totalitarian systems attempt to maintain themselves in power by the
ruthless suppression of any concept which challenges the established
orthodoxy. The power of a democratic system to adapt to change is vastly
strengthened by the freedom of its citizens to choose widely from among
conflicting opinions offered freely to them. To stifle every
nonconformist idea at birth would mark the end of the democratic
process. Furthermore, only through the constant activity of weighing and
selecting can the democratic mind attain the strength demanded by times
like these. We need to know not only what we believe but why we believe
librarians and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or
presentation contained in the books they make available. It would
conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own
political, moral or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what
books should be published or circulated.
and librarians serve the educational process by helping to make
available knowledge and ideas required for the growth of the mind and
the increase of learning. They do not foster education by imposing as
mentors the patterns of their own thought. The people should have the
freedom to read and consider a broader range of ideas than those that
may be held by any single librarian or publisher or government or
church. It is wrong that what one can read should be confined to what
another thinks proper.
is contrary to public interest for publishers or librarians to
determine the acceptability of a book on the basis of the personal
history or political affiliations of the author.
book should be judged as a book. No art or literature can flourish if
it is to be measured by the political views or private lives of its
creators. No society of free people can flourish which draws up lists of
writers to whom it will not listen, whatever they may have to say.
is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others,
to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents,
or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.
some, much of modern literature is shocking. But is not much of life
itself shocking? We cut off literature at the source if we prevent
writers from dealing with the stuff of life. Parents and teachers have a
responsibility to prepare the young to meet the diversity of experience
in life to which they will be exposed, as they have a responsibility to
help them learn to think critically for themselves. These are
affirmative responsibilities, not to be discharged simply by preventing
them from reading works for which they are not yet prepared. In these
matters taste differs, and taste cannot be legislated; nor can machinery
be devised which will suit the demands of one group without limiting
the freedom of others.
is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept with any book
the prejudgment of a label characterizing the book or author as
subversive or dangerous.
ideal of labeling presupposes the existence of individuals or groups
with wisdom to determine by authority what is good or bad for the
citizen. It presupposes that individuals must be directed in making up
their minds about the ideas they examine. But Americans do not need
others to do their thinking for them.
is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the
people's freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by
individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes
upon the community at large.
is inevitable in the give and take of the democratic process that the
political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or
group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or
group. In a free society individuals are free to determine for
themselves what they wish to read, and each group is free to determine
what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group
has the right to take the law into its own hands, and to impose its own
concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic
society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted
and the inoffensive.
is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning
to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and
diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative
responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a bad book is a
good one, the answer to a bad idea is a good one.
freedom to read is of little consequence when expended on the trivial;
it is frustrated when the reader cannot obtain matter fit for that
reader's purpose. What is needed is not only the absence of restraint,
but the positive provision of opportunity for the people to read the
best that has been thought and said. Books are the major channel by
which the intellectual inheritance is handed down, and the principal
means of its testing and growth. The defense of their freedom and
integrity, and the enlargement of their service to society, requires of
all publishers and librarians the utmost of their faculties, and
deserves of all citizens the fullest of their support.
state these propositions neither lightly nor as easy generalizations.
We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of books. We do so because
we believe that they are good, possessed of enormous variety and
usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the
application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas
and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not
state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read
is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply
important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of
ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous
way of life, but it is ours.
statement was originally issued in May of 1953 by the Westchester
Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book
Publishers Council, which in 1970 consolidated with the American
Educational Publishers Institute to become the Association of American
Adopted June 15, 1953; revised January 28, 1972, January 16, 1991, by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee.
A Joint Statement by: American Library Association & Association of American Publishers.
Subsequently Endorsed by:
American Booksellers Association
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
American Civil Liberties Union
American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
Association of American University Presses
Children's Book Council
Freedom to Read Foundation
International Reading Association
Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
National Association of College Stores
National Council of Teachers of English
P.E.N. - American Center
People for the American Way
Periodical and Book Association of America
Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S.
Society of Professional Journalists
Women's National Book Association
YWCA of the U.S.A.
THE TEXAS LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM STATEMENT
Texas Library Association holds that the freedom to read is a corollary
of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press. Freedom of
choice in selecting materials is a necessary safeguard to the freedom to
read, and shall be protected against extra-legal, irresponsible
attempts by self-appointed censors to abridge it. The Association
believes that citizens shall have the right of free inquiry and the
equally important right of forming their own opinions, and that it is of
the utmost importance to the continued existence of democracy that
freedom of the press in all forms of public communication be defended
and preserved. The Texas Library Association subscribes in full to the
principles set forth in the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS of the American
Library Association, Freedom to Read Statement, and interpretative
statements adopted thereto.
B.Areas of Concern
Texas Library Association is concerned with legislation at the federal,
state, local and school district level which tends to strengthen the
position of libraries and other media of communication as instruments of
knowledge and culture in a free society. The Association is also
concerned with monitoring proposed legislation at the federal, state,
local and school district level which might restrict, prejudice or
otherwise interfere with the selection, acquisition, or other
professional activities of libraries, as expressed in the American
Library Association's LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS and the Freedom to Read
Intellectual Freedom Committee works with the Legislative Committee to
watch proposed legislation, at the various levels, which would restrict
or interfere with the selection, acquisition, or other professional
activities of libraries.
Association is concerned with the proposed or actual restrictions
imposed by individuals, voluntary committees, or administrative
authority on library materials or on the selection judgment, or on the
procedures or practices of librarians.
Intellectual Freedom Committee attempts to eliminate restrictions which
are imposed on the use or selection of library materials or selection
judgment or on the procedures or practices of librarians; receives
requests for advice and assistance where freedom has been threatened or
curtailed; and recommends action to the Executive Board where it appears
3.MATERIALS SELECTION POLICY. The
Texas Library Association believes that every library, in order to
strengthen its own selection process, and to provide an objective basis
for evaluation of that process, should develop a written official
statement of policy for the selection of library materials.
Intellectual Freedom Committee encourages all libraries to develop a
written statement of policy for the selection of library materials which
includes an endorsement of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS.
Texas Library Association is concerned with the continuing education of
librarians and the general public in understanding and implementing the
philosophy inherent in the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS and the ALA Freedom
to Read Statement.
The Intellectual Freedom Committee supports an active education program for librarians, trustees, and the general public.
5.LIAISON WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. The
Texas Library Association, in order to encourage a united front in
defending the rights to read, shall cooperate with other organizations
concerned with intellectual freedom.
The Intellectual Freedom Committee advises on TLA positions and cooperates with other organizations.