Material Selection Policy

It is the policy of the Sherborn Library that materials selection rests with the Board of Trustees.

This policy applies to all of the Sherborn Library employees.

The Board delegates to the Library Director the selection of library materials and the development of the collection. The professional staff members may aid in this selection process. The general public and the non-professional staff members may recommend materials for consideration.

Criteria for Selection
The librarian is guided in selection of materials by authoritative professional reviews and standard bibliographies. Recommendations from the public are welcome and will be given careful consideration in terms of overall objectives and the existing collection.

Purpose and Quality
The Library's collection will be built to meet the needs and interests of the community. All materials to be selected are subjected to the following criteria as they are applicable:

  • Current interest and usefulness.
  • Permanent value.
  • Comprehensive in scope.
  • Importance as a record of the times.
  • Relevance to the existing collection.
  • High standards of quality in content, format and binding.
  • Cost in relation to the individual title and to the overall collection.
  • Authority and competence in presentation.
  • Relevance of format to the presentation of the information.

In no case should any material be excluded because of the race or nationality, or the political, sociological, or religious views of the writer. Library materials selection will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials of a controversial nature may come into the possession of children. There should be the fullest practicable provision of material presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our time, international, national, and local. Materials of sound factual authority will not be prescribed or removed from the Library shelves because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. Patrons' self-guided access to materials retrieved via remote electronic resources offered on-site by the Library, and patrons' use of personal resources brought into the Library to be accessed on Library equipment, are subject to the above selection criteria.

Children's Materials
The same criteria are to be used for selection of children's materials as are used for the general collection. Recommendations for purchase are made by the children's librarian. Special attention is given to books and materials of value to parents, teachers or other adults working with children.

Physical Maintenance of the Collection
The Library Director and staff will undertake the periodic weeding and updating of the collection. In general, materials will be removed from the collection which are deemed to be:
outdated in content
duplicates of titles no longer popular
no longer in current use.
in poor physical condition.

Effective Date: This policy was revised on September 15, 1992. Second revision and amendment: June 10, 1997.