TK-8 District of Choice


Instruction > Board Policy 6163.1 - Library Media Centers

Selection and Retention of Books and Media in School Library/Media Centers

Philosophy and Objectives

The Board of Trustees of the district establishes the school library/media center according to Educational Code.

The Board subscribes to the philosophy that the school library/media center is an integral part of the educational program of the district and provision of a variety of instructional material is an educational responsibility. Materials selected must conform to accepted district criteria and to the provisions of the Education Code.

Selection and Evaluation of School Library Materials

Library materials shall include print and electronic resources that align with the curriculum and are accessible to students with varying cognitive or language needs.

Teacher librarians shall evaluate and select materials in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation and shall use professional selection aids and standards. The selection process shall invite recommendations from administrators, teachers, other staff, parents/guardians, and students as appropriate.

Library materials should be continually evaluated in relation to evolving curricula, new formats of materials, new instructional methods, and the needs of students and teachers. Materials that contain outdated subject matter or are no longer appropriate shall be removed, and lost or worn materials may be replaced.

All gifts and donations of school library materials shall be subject to the same criteria as materials selected for purchase by the district.

Complaints regarding the appropriateness of library materials shall be addressed using the district's procedures for complaints regarding instructional materials.

Complaints must be submitted in writing to the Instruction Department and include specific information as to author, title, publisher, and specific objection. The statement must be signed and identification given which will allow proper reply. Challenged material will not be removed automatically from the library/media center, but will be reviewed in light of the objections raised. The district librarian will review the materials according to the established selection criteria.

Consideration of Objections to Material in Use


Adopted: March 21, 2013
Evergreen School District, San Jose, California