Library Policies: Collection Development Policy
The Keokuk Public Library accepts as its responsibility the need to serve all individuals of the community. The library does not promote or censor any particular political, moral, philosophical or religious convictions or opinions. It is our intent to provide professionally selected books and materials to aid the individual in pursuit of information, education, recreation and research. The library provides service to all residents of Keokuk and Lee County, regardless of race, creed, or occupation.
The Keokuk Public Library selects, organizes, preserves, and makes available to all people printed and non-printed materials that will assist them to:
Educate themselves continuously
Become better members of home and community
Discharge political and social obligations
Be more capable in their daily occupations
Develop their creative and spiritual capacities
Appreciate and enjoy works of art and literature
Use leisure time to promote personal and social well-being
As a general guideline for materials selection the Keokuk Public Library Board of Trustees adopts the following American Library Associate statements, which are appended.
Ultimate responsibility for book selection rests with the Director, who works within a frame of policies approved by the library board. Staff, trustee and patron recommendations and suggestions are given prompt consideration. As with all selections, favorable reviews are sought in standard reviewing sources or from recognized trade and professional journals.
The following specific criteria are considered when selecting materials for the library.
Current usefulness or permanent value
Authority and competence in presentation
Importance as a record of the times
Relationship to existing collection
High standards of quality
Intended audience - age and reading/listening/viewing level
Favorable reviews in standard reviewing sources
These standards are followed in the selection of all library materials added to the collection. This includes adult fiction and non-fiction, material for children and young adults, periodicals and newspapers, and non-print materials such as audio books, CDs, DVDs, and videocassettes.
The juvenile collection is chosen for children of all ages, with emphasis on materials that stimulate the imagination and promote understanding of the world around them.
The Keokuk Public Library utilizes the resources of other libraries and the regional library system in an effort to avoid unnecessary duplication of services and materials. Inter-library loan is used for specialized materials that are beyond the scope of our collection.
The library does not attempt to purchase textbooks or other curriculum related materials except as such materials serve the general public. Legal and medical works are acquired only to the extent they are useful to the layman.
The library has a particular interest in local and state history and in the works of local authors. The same standards of selection apply to these materials as apply to all other works.
The same criteria are used in withdrawing materials from the collection as are used in their acquisition. Materials are withdrawn from the collection when the contents are no longer useful or valid, or are not in a condition suitable for circulation. Duplicate copies or items no longer in high demand may be withdrawn. Books that are deteriorating will be refurbished by repair or rebinding whenever judged appropriate by the director. Materials no longer useful to the library may be given to other libraries or disposed of in a manner approved by the board and the director.
Library Responsibilities – Use of Collection & Suitability
The Keokuk Public Library makes every effort to present a balance of viewpoints on controversial subjects. Patrons are free to accept or reject for themselves any item in the collection. Library materials are not marked or identified to indicate approval or disapproval of their content. Books and materials are not placed on restricted shelves with the intent of limiting access to contents. Controlled or limited access is only for the purpose of protecting material from damage or theft.
Children are not limited to materials in the juvenile collection. Responsibility for the reading of children rests with their parents and legal guardians, not with the library. The library does not assume responsibility for possible misuse of information found in the collection by young readers.
A request form for reconsideration of books or materials is available to any patron. Completed “Request for Reconsideration” forms are referred to the director, who will review the request and the challenged material, and respond to the complainant. After receiving the director’s response, the complainant may approach the library board for further consideration. Challenged materials will not be removed from the public shelves while awaiting resolution of a request for reconsideration. A copy of the reconsideration request form is attached.
Library Policies: ALA Statements (referred to in Collection Development policy)
As a general guideline for materials selection, the Keokuk Public Library Board of Trustees adopts the following American Library Associate statements:
ALA Bill of Rights
The Freedom to Read Statement
The Freedom to View Statement