MISSION OF THE LIBRARY AND COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
Mission Statement of the Library
To be a gathering
place providing access to ideas, experiences, and materials to enrich our
Purpose of the Collection within the Context of
The library acts to fulfill its mission by
selecting, acquiring, organizing, maintaining, evaluating, and providing
access to a collection of materials and electronic resources that address
and anticipate the interests and needs of the members of a growing and
PURPOSE OF THE COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
To inform the public of the principles governing
collection development at Carver County Library.
To constitute a
public declaration of the library’s commitment to the principles of free
access to ideas and information, and to provide collections that reflect a
variety of viewpoints.
To guide staff in making decisions about
the selection, maintenance, and retention of library materials.
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
Collection development at Carver County Library is founded on the principles
of intellectual freedom and equal access for all. The library provides a
collection that balances viewpoints across a broad spectrum of opinion,
subject interests and skill levels. Using selection practices that are
responsive to the changing needs of the community, the library selects,
acquires, organizes, maintains and evaluates collections for the general
public while recognizing the needs of special population groups.
The Library subscribes to the
principle that the freedom to read and view is essential to our democracy
and that unrestricted access to a wide variety of materials is essential to
the preservation of a free society. To ensure the rights of the residents of
Carver County to a broad range of ideas and concepts, the Library endorses
American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights
Freedom to Read Statement
Freedom to View Statement
Decisions to select or retain an
item are based on the merits of each work or information source as it
relates to the goals and coverage of the overall collection. The library
considers the value of each item in its entirety and within the context of
the collection, not on specific passages or section in the item itself.
Materials are not marked, labeled, or sequestered to show approval,
disapproval, or judgment as to suitability of content for particular
audiences. Materials are not excluded, removed, proscribed or suppressed
because of their creators’ origin, background, or views, or because they
represent a particular aspect of life, frankness of expression, or
controversial subject matter.
Parents and legal guardians have
the responsibility for their children’s use of library materials.
Inclusion of an item does not constitute endorsement of its content by the
All library materials are available to all
customers. The Library encourages ease of access to materials by using
standard library practices to organize, manage, and display materials, by
providing staff to assist in locating items, and through the delivery of
The Library is committed to the expeditious delivery of materials and
information to its users. To facilitate this, the library participates in
interlibrary loan networks to make materials not in the collection available
for customers. Electronic resources are made accessible through web-based
In all these efforts, Carver County Library will operate within the
provisions of the United States copyright law.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT
development is a process guided through all its stages by the expertise and
judgment of librarians. The Library Director is responsible for the
administration of the policy and delegates this responsibility to library
professionals. Final responsibility for the direction,
purpose, and scope of collection development rests with the Carver County
To build a collection of merit,
materials are evaluated according to one or more of the following criteria.
An item need not meet all of these criteria in order to be added to the
- Customer interest or demand
- Contemporary significance
- Authority, reputation or qualifications of the author, artist, publisher or
- Suitability of subject and style for the intended audience
- Attention of critics, reviewers, media and the public
- Suitability of format for the content and for library use
- Relationship to existing collections and other material available on the
Selection of Materials
Sources for selection
decisions include, among others, user requests or recommendations, publisher
or vendor catalogs, advertisements, and published reviews. Librarians use
their subject knowledge and expertise in combination with accepted standards
to select and evaluate collection items. Gifts and purchases are selected
using the same criteria. An item need not meet all criteria to be selected.
Maintenance and Evaluation of Materials
content, inherent value, timeliness, and use are the primary criteria used
to determine the retention of materials in the collection. The library also
removes worn, damaged, and obsolete materials that cannot be repaired and
are not longer usable. As demand declines, the library selectively removes
multiple copies, making exceptions for areas of special importance to the
overall collection. An item that is damaged or lost is replaced if it is
deemed useful and is still available for purchase.
The library gratefully accepts gifts of money
and materials under the circumstances outlined in Donations Policy #LB 15.
Request for Reconsideration
Individuals may request reconsideration of a selection or classification
decision of library materials by submitting a written request for
reconsideration form, Collection Development and Request for
Reconsideration. This form is available at all libraries. The Library
Director will respond in writing to the individual’s request. The Carver
County Library Board, upon request, hears appeals of the Director’s written
response. The final decision on appeals rests with the Carver County Library
Important Note: Carver County Library is not responsible
for the content or accuracy of the information provided on these external
Websites. The inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement by the
library of that Website.