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Policy 005

PLATTEKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Adopted: April 10, 2014 Page 1 of 1

The Plattekill Public Library collects materials, in a variety of popular formats, which support its function as the major information source for the needs of this community. The collection also serves the popular and recreational needs of the general public, and reflects the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the community.

Patron use is the most powerful influence on the Libraryís collection. Circulation, patron requests and holds levels are all closely monitored, triggering the purchase of new items and/or additional copies of high demand items.

In addition to patron demand, selections are made to provide depth and diversity of viewpoints to the existing collection and to build the usefulness of the collection for the community. The Plattekill Public Library collects to support student needs in every subject area for all grade levels through college and adult learning.

Inherent in the collection development philosophy is an appreciation for each patron of the Plattekill Public Library. The Library provides materials to support each individualís requests, and does not place a value on one patronís needs or preferences over anotherís. The Library upholds the right of the individual to access information, even though the content may be controversial, unorthodox or unacceptable to others.

Materials for children and teenagers are intended to broaden their vision, support recreational reading, encourage and facilitate reading skills, supplement their educational needs, stimulate and widen their interests, lead to recognition and appreciation of literature and reflect the diversity of the community. The reading and viewing activity of children is ultimately the responsibility of parents, who guide and oversee their own children's development. The Plattekill Public Library does not intrude on that relationship.