The purpose of this policy is to help patrons understand how and why we
choose materials for our collection. It
also serves as a guide to the staff in the selection of materials for the
The mission of the Nesmith Library is to acquire and provide materials
in multiple formats that help to fulfill the informational, educational, social,
and recreational needs of the residents of Windham, New Hampshire.
Furthermore, our mission is to provide guidance in the use of these
materials, to encourage learning and education, and to promote freedom of
information for all patrons.
In accordance with this mission, the Nesmith Library subscribes to the Library
Bill of Rights, Access to Electronic Information, Services and Network (an
interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights), and other policies on
intellectual freedom authored by the American Library Association, and available
in the fifth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, c. 1996,
published by the ALA.
Goals of Service
The following goals will fulfill the Library’s mission:
To provide sufficient materials to meet current and projected community
To assure open access to all library materials for all patrons.
To obtain a diversity of materials of varying viewpoints.
To meet the needs of patrons having a variety of reading and educational
To expand library usage to those in the community who are not now library
To contribute constructively to the individual’s awareness of self and
community while providing insight into a wide range of human and social
conditions and varying cultural heritage.
To encourage informal self-education.
To measure the effectiveness of the collection in meeting the needs of
our patron community.
for Collection Development
Responsibility for collection development coordination and supervision
lies with the Library Director, who is accountable for the growth and
maintenance of the collection. Selected
staff members have collection development responsibilities for specific
collections, subject areas, or formats. All
staff members make suggestions for new and replacement materials.
A selection of works highlighting a wide range of materials in different
formats for all ages and levels of interest is available.
Many points of view on current and controversial issues should be
included to provide information needed for democratic decision-making.
A mix of classic, basic, and traditional works are provided, as well as
materials presenting contemporary ideas, formats and styles.
A selection of fiction materials that straddles the children’s and
adult collections, the Young Adult collection contains materials geared to those
in the middle school and early high school years.
It attempts to address the reading interests and concerns of those going
through a period of rapid growth and development.
The Children’s collection serves the need of infants, toddlers,
preschoolers and students in the elementary and middle grades.
The variety of materials in this collection provides for the development
of literacy skills, creates an appreciation of the Library during the formative
years, responds to recreational needs, and supports the educational process with
materials complementary to those in the Windham schools.
The Reference collection is targeted to provide timely, accurate
information for patrons to aid in their pursuit of personal and professional
interests, support the educational process with informational materials for
those requiring quick response to inquiries, assist those pursuing independent
learning and makes available local historical and community resource
information. The collection
contains resources to support the local business community, enhance career
development and provide information on educational institutions.
Reference materials are collected in a variety of formats, including
book, periodical, microform, and electronic.
for Selection of Library Materials
Materials selected may meet only a small number of selection criteria if
their inclusion is seen as important enough to fill a serious gap in the
collection, or, due to popular demand.
The following criteria serve as the backbone of materials selection:
Library’s mission and
Patron requests that fall
within the scope of this policy
Formal and independent
Impact of item on
The following are also considered in materials selection:
Authority, accuracy and
interest level of material
Currency of information
Reputation of author,
publisher, or editing body
Journals and Other Review Sources
The following journals are the standard first source to assist in the
selection process: Library
Journal; School Library Journal; Booklist; Kirkus Review; and Publishers
Weekly. Public Library Catalog,
Fiction Catalog, and Children’s
Catalog are standard
bibliographic sources also used in selection.
Other review sources of a specialized nature are used for specific
Materials and Periodical Collections
Non-print materials (e.g., audiobooks, videos) and periodicals (e.g.,
newspapers, magazines, journals) are subject to the same selection criteria as
In general, materials in electronic formats such as CD-ROM and on-line
databases, are subject to the same selection criteria as print materials.
Other non-content criteria such as ease of access and hardware
compatibility also play a role in selecting electronic media.
Public Internet access is covered by the Library’s Public
Internet Access and Appropriate Use Policy.
The Library accepts gifts of materials, but reserves the right to
evaluate them in accordance with the criteria applied to purchased materials.
Gifts which do not meet the objectives of this policy may be refused.
Bookplates may be provided for gifts, and a letter for tax purposes may
be sent to the donor. No other
conditions may be imposed relating to any gift either before or after its
acceptance by the Library.
The withdrawal of materials from the collection is known as weeding.
Weeding of all library collections is a continuous process. It is carried out in order to provide the most current,
useful information available, as well as to maintain the vitality and
attractiveness of the collection. Weeding
also helps to prevent the overcrowding of shelves, and to free up needed space
for new and highly desired materials.
The following criteria are used to determine which materials are subject
to weeding from the collection:
Works no longer of popular interest (e.g., older fiction)
Multiple copies of previously popular works
Topic no longer relevant
Even though meeting the above criteria certain materials may not be
weeded because of their unique nature.
The Nesmith Library subscribes to the Library
Bill of Rights of the American Library Association which encapsulates the
library profession’s belief in freedom of access to information.
The Library does not believe in the practice of censorship.
Serious works which portray various aspects of life are not excluded
because of their frankness.
The Library encourages the examination of diverse opinions thus many
points of view may be included in the collection.
Materials selection will not be determined by pressure from outside
groups and organizations, or by the individual prejudices of any person or
persons. The Library will apply established professional standards in
the selection and retention of its materials.
Materials which have been accepted into the collection prior to the
acceptance of this Collection Development Policy will not be removed unless they are
weeded according to, or are in violation of, this policy.
The procedure for patrons who wish to petition the Library to reconsider
any part of its collection is as follows:
Patron receives a Request for
Reconsideration of Library Materials form (available at the circulation
desk). A copy of the form is
included with this policy.
The form must be completed and submitted to the Library Director.
If the petitioner wishes to pursue a formal request, the Director will
arrange for the request to be added to the agenda at the next regularly
scheduled Nesmith Library Board of Trustees meeting.
The Board of Trustees will consider the request.
The petitioner is free to attend the Board meeting which is open to the
A representative member of the Board of Trustees will contact the
petitioner with a determination. The
Nesmith Library Board of Trustees will have final say on any request for the
removal of materials from the Library or addition of suggested materials.
The Director will then review the request and contact the petitioner to
discuss the issue.
Adopted on this
13th day of May, 2003 by the Nesmith Library Board of Trustees.