1. Mission of the Library and of Collection Development
A. Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Black River Falls Public Library is to provide all individuals in the community with carefully selected books and other materials to aid the individual in the pursuit of education, information, research, pleasure and the creative use of leisure time.
B. Objectives of the Collection within the Context of the Mission
The library acts to fulfill its mission by selecting, acquiring, organizing, preserving and providing access to a collection of resources that address the interests and needs of the members of the community.
2. Purpose of Collection Development Policy
This policy serves several essential purposes.
A. Due to the volume of publishing and limitations of budget and space, the library must have a selection and collection development policy to meet community needs and interests.
B. The collection development policy aids staff in the selection of materials and also serves to acquaint the general public with these selection practices.
C. To ensure the principals of the Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read Statement have been met, as approved and endorsed by the Black River Falls Public Library Board of Trustees.
3. General Principles of Collection Development
Collection development at the Black River Falls Public Library is founded on the principles found in the Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read Statement, as well as on the principles of intellectual freedom, preservation and equal access for all. The library presents a collection of balanced viewpoints in a broad subject matter in formats suitable to the needs and interests of the community.
A. Intellectual Freedom
The library makes available a wide diversity of ideas, viewpoints and opinions in various formats in support of an informed and democratic society. The library supports individual choice and judgment of its users in seeking information.
The library makes its collection available to all. Due to limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all materials that are requested. However, by being a member of the Winding Rivers Library System, the Black River Falls Public Library can offer the community more materials and information available from other system libraries. Through WISCAT and BADGERLINK the Black River Falls Public Library may also request interlibrary loans for the community to better serve their needs beyond the scope of the library’s collection. In return for utilizing interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, the Black River Falls Public Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network, and to make an effort to have its current holdings listed in an online public access catalog that is accessible by other libraries throughout the state. In the efforts to procure materials and information for users, the Black River Falls Public Library will operate within the provisions of the United States copyright law.
The Black River Falls Public Library recognizes the importance of a collection that reflects both the past and the present. In accordance with this, the library offers space in the form of a history room. The Jackson County History Room assists in the collection and preservation of written historical information concerning Jackson County and its people, as well as disseminates that information to the public for the purpose of enjoyment, education, and research.
4. Responsibility of Selection
The ultimate responsibility of library materials rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Black River Falls Public Library Board of Trustees. This responsibility may be shared with other members of the library staff, however, because the Director must be available to answer to the Library Board and the general public for actual selections made, the Director has the authority to reject or select any item contrary to the recommendations of the staff.
5. Collection Management
A. Selection Sources
Published professional reviews are the major source of information for new materials. Other selection sources include user requests and recommendation, publisher and vendor catalogs, and advertisements.
B. Selection Criteria
Librarians use their subject knowledge, expertise, and community awareness in combination with the standards below to select and evaluate materials. Donations and gifts are also selected and evaluated using the same criteria. Not all criteria must be met for each individual selection.
C. General Criteria
1) Suitability of the item to community
2) Cost relative to the value of the item to the collection
4) Space available for the item
5) Relevance to community needs and desires
D. Content Criteria
1) Scope of the treatment of subject matter
2) Reputation and qualifications of the author, creator or publisher
3) Consideration of the work as a whole, rather than a specific passage or passages
4) Representation of diverse viewpoints
5) Popular demand and appeal
E. Gifts and Donations
The library appreciatively accepts gifts of money and materials under the circumstances listed below.
The library accepts monetary gifts intended for the purchase of library materials when donors’ intentions for the gifts are congruent with the library collection objectives and scope.
1) The library accepts donations of materials that are in good condition if deemed valuable to the collection. The library reserves the right to dispose of donated materials that are in poor condition. Donated materials may be added to the collection based on their suitability to the collection or rejected at the discretion of the library. Donated materials not added to the collection will not be returned to the donor. Unused donations will be given to the Friends of the Black River Public Library for public sale, discard, or disposal. By law, the library is not allowed to appraise the value of donated materials, though it can provide an acknowledgement of receipt of the items requested by the donor.
2) Memorial gifts of books or money are also accepted with suitable bookplates placed in the item. Specific memorial materials will be ordered for the library per the request of the donor if they enhance the library collection. Material selection will be made by the Director if no specific item is wanted. Memorial gifts or materials are subject to the same weeding policy as all other library materials.
H. Weeding Policy
An attractive and useful collection is maintained through a continual discarding and replacing process. The discretion, responsibility, and timeliness of weeding lies with the Director. The methods and criteria for weeding are listed below.
1) CREW: Continuous, Review, Evaluation and Weeding. The CREW weeding method uses objective and selective criteria based on the age of the material and the materials circulation or use statistics.
2) MUSTIE: Misleading (factually inaccurate), Ugly (worn beyond mending or rebinding), Superseded (by a newer edition or more accurate material), Trivial (of no literary or scientific merit), Irrelevant (to the needs and interests of the library collection), Elsewhere (the material can be obtained from another library).
J. Weeding Criteria
2) Use (circulation and in-house)
3) Physical Condition
4) Currency of Condition
6) Appropriateness to the collection
8) Obsolete format
K. Obsolete Formats
Due to the changing technological aspects of librarianship and material format, the Black River Falls Public Library will strive to offer the most current technological formats to patrons.
Due to the high demand of DVDs and Blue Ray discs, the Black River Falls Public Library will no longer be purchasing any VHS tapes for adults or youth. Current VHS collection holdings are subject to weeding criteria and will not be replaced (in VHS format) if damaged or lost.
M. Cassette Tapes
Due to the demand of new technology in audio format (Compact Disc, MP3, Overdrive) the Black River Falls Public Library will considerably reduce its selection of cassette tape audio books and music. Existing cassette tape audio book holdings are subject to weeding criteria and will not be replaced (in cassette format) if damaged or lost. If one specific cassette tape is damaged in a set and can be replaced from a vendor for free the item will be put back on the shelf for circulation.
N. Selection Challenges
The Black River Falls Public Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy. Patrons requesting that material be removed from the collection may complete a Statement of Concern About Library Resources form, which is available at the library circulation desk. The Director will provide the complainant with a response within ten working days. A copy of the complaint form and the Director’s response will be placed on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the Black River Falls Public Library Board of Trustees. An appeal of the Director’s decision may be made by the Library Board. The complainant should be informed that they are entitled to appear at the scheduled Board Meeting.