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Policy 030

PLATTEKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY 

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY 

Adopted: March 2015 

Revised:  

Selecting 

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. 

Deselecting 

The term weeding is used to describe the activity of seeking out items that are no longer useful or appropriate for the collection. These items are then discarded and may or may not be replaced. 

Weeding the library collection is as much a routine as the acquisition of new books. The purpose of discarding materials from the collection is to maintain an accurate and up to date collection for library patrons. Materials which are inaccurate, outdated, unused, or in poor condition detract from the usefulness and aesthetic appeal of the collection. These materials take up shelf space that could be occupied by needed and requested materials. 

Weeding will use the CREW method which is generally accepted by public libraries.  CREW stands for Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding.  The CREW method gives six general criteria for considering weeding an item from the library's collection.  

These have been summed up with the acronym MUSTIE - 

M= Misleading--factually inaccurate 

U= Ugly--worn beyond mending or rebinding 

S= Superceded--by a new edition or by a much better book on the subject 

T= Trivial--of no discernible literary or scientific merit 

I= Irrelevant to the needs and interests of the library's community 

E= Elsewhere--the material is easily obtainable from another library 

Purpose of the Collection Development Policy  

This document provides the staff and public with an understanding of the purpose and nature of the Library's collection. It explains the criteria staff use for making decisions to add or withdraw items in the collection. 

Responsibility 

Collection development and management activities are administered by the Library Director and implemented by staff.

 

Adopted: March, 2015