Vista USD | AR 6163.1 Instruction
Library Media Centers
Objectives of Selection
In the formation of selection criteria and techniques to implement Board policy, major emphasis is placed on the selection of books which aid the student in the pursuit of education and information as well as the creative use of leisure time in preparation for effective citizenship in our democracy.
Library Material Selection Indicators
1. Staff members involved in selection of resource materials shall use the following indicators as a guide:
a. Educational significance
b. Contribution the subject matter makes to the curriculum and to the interests of the students.
c. Favorable review found in standard selection sources.
d. Favorable recommendations based on preview and examination of materials by professional personnel.
e. Reputation and significance of the author and or the publisher.
f. Validity, timeliness and appropriateness of material.
g. Contribution the material makes to the breadth of representative viewpoint on controversial issues.
h. High degree of potential user appeal.
i. High artistic quality and/or literary style.
j. Quality and variety of format.
k. Value commensurate with cost and/or need.
l. Timeless permanence.
2. The following recommended lists shall be consulted in the selection of materials. Selection is not limited to these listings.
a. Bibliographies (latest editions available, including supplements)
American Historical Fiction Guide to sources in Educational
Basic Book Collection for Media
Elementary Grades Junior High School Catalog
Basic Book Collection for Middle Reference Books for School
The Best in Children's Literature Subject Guide to Children's Books in Print
Children and Books in print
Children's Catalog Subject Index to Books for
Elementary School Library Intermediate Grades
Collection Subject Index to Books for Primary
European Historical Fiction Grades
Biography Westinghouse Learning Directory
As part of the vertical file index, many other special bibliographies have been prepared by educational organizations for particular subject matter areas. These too may be consulted.
b. Current Review Sources
American Biology Teacher (9-12) Mathematics Teachers ((-12)
American Library Association (K-12) Media & Methods (K-12)
Arithmetic Teacher (K-8) National Council of Teachers of English
Booklist (K-12) National Council of Teachers of
Curriculum Review (K-12) National Council of Teachers of Social
English Education (K-12) The Reading Teacher (K-8)
International Reading Association (K-12) Science Books & Films (K-12)
Journal of Reading (K-12) Science & Children (K-8)
School Library Journal (K-12) The Science Teacher (9-12)
Procedure for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials
No duly selected materials whose appropriateness is challenged shall be removed from a school except upon the recommendation of a review committee (as provided for below) with
the concurrence of the Superintendent or, upon the Superintendent's recommendation, the concurrence of the Board of Trustees or upon formal action of the Board when a recommendation a review committee is appealed to it.
The procedures for reconsideration of instructional materials are stated in Board Policy and Administrative Regulation l004-Procedures for Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials.
Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: June 23, 2011 Vista, California