8000 - Instruction
8320 SELECTION OF LIBRARY AND MULTIMEDIA MATERIALS
A school library/library media center shall be established and maintained in each school district. The library in each elementary and secondary school shall meet the needs of the pupils, and shall provide an adequate complement to the instructional program in the various areas of the curriculum. Each school district shall also employ a certified school library media specialist, unless equivalent service is provided by an alternative arrangement approved by the Commissioner.
The Board of Education, as the governing body of the District is legally responsible for the selection of library materials, including the selection and approval of printed and non-printed materials for its use.
In order to provide the Superintendent and his/her staff with guidance in the acquisition of instructional resource material, such as library books, references, audiovisuals, maps, etc., the Board affirms the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. This Bill of Rights states:
- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
- Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgement of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
- Broad and varied collections will be developed systematically by the library media specialist, based on recommendations of the professional staff and suggestions of students and parents. Final approval will be made by the Building Principal.
- Qualitative standards of selection involving factual accuracy, authoritativeness, artistic quality and appeal will be applied by library media specialists before purchases are made.
- Materials will not be excluded because of the race, nationality, political opinions or religious views of the author.
- Materials will be continuously re-evaluated in relation to changing curriculum and instructional needs. Worn out, out-dated materials will be discarded.
In order to respond to any complaints about, or challenges to, the selection of library materials, the District has adopted procedures establishing a complaint process and providing for a committee to review such complaints or challenges.
If any person wishes to permanently remove materials from a school district library, he/she must seek the formal approval of the Board. The Board may determine that such materials should be removed. Such determination must not be based upon official suppression of ideas, but rather upon the educational suitability of the materials in question. Only the Board and/or the Superintendent may authorize said permanent removal of instructional materials, pursuant to the decision of the Board.
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Sections 21.4, 91.1, 91.2
Education Law Section 207
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