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Selection & Reconsideration of Materials

Library Media Program Selection of Materials

Statement of Philosophy

Our school recognizes the right of every student in our school to receive an information-rich, well-rounded, globally-diverse education. As such, our school has a responsibility to provide students access to books and materials that present a variety of viewpoints, cultures, lifestyles, politics, and beliefs. This includes ideas that may be controversial or differ from some family or community values. Our school recognizes the right of any parent, teacher, student, school administrator, or community member to challenge materials available to students in our school. The library has printed copies of the school’s Selection and Reconsideration Policies and Procedures, which will be made available upon request. 
 
The American Association of School Librarians affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic ideals should guide their services:
 
1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information and enlightenment of all people the library serves.  Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation.
 
2. 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.
 
3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
 
4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
 
5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
 
6. Libraries that 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.
 

Responsibility for Selection of Materials

Library books are selected by the school librarian. Diverse viewpoints are part of the selection process, as is consultation of professional book reviews from educational and library journals. Librarians encourage students to read from materials that interest them.  This includes popular fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, periodicals, and other materials of student interest.
 

Criteria for Selection

When purchasing instructional materials, including library books, our staff considers our students’ ages, reading abilities, cultural and ethnic diversity, curriculum requirements, and student interests.
 

Gift Books and Materials

1. Gift books and materials are accepted with the understanding that they must meet the same selection criteria as materials purchased with Owasso Board of Education funds.  The practice of a donor’s purchasing new books or materials as library media center gifts is discouraged.  It is preferable that donors make monetary gifts for purchase of books and materials because the school receives a discount and can purchase more books for the same amount of money.  In addition, special library bound books are purchased to last in a library setting. 
 
2. Gift books and other materials, once accepted by the Owasso Public Schools, become the property of the District.

Instructional Materials Reconsideration Procedure

A. It is recommended that a student should have the right to reject the use of instructional or library media materials which seem incompatible with his/her values and beliefs. It is further recommended that classroom assignments involving instructional materials provide alternative choices. This procedure is consistent with the National Council of Teachers of English statement on Students’ Right to Read which is endorsed in its entirety. However, no stakeholder has the right to determine the reading material for students other than his/her own children.
 
B. Any stakeholder who wishes to request reconsideration of the use of any instructional or library media center materials in the school must make his/her request in writing on a Request for Reconsideration Form provided by the principal. The completed form is to be returned to the site principal for consideration by members of a review committee which is established by the site principal. No administrator, library media specialist or teacher should agree to withdraw an item without referring it to the review committee which determines whether the material should be withdrawn.
 
C. The committee membership designated by the site principal where the complaint occurs includes the following:
 
1. Voting Members:
a. Appropriate Level Principal from Alternate Site
b. Appropriate Level Library Media Specialist from Alternate Site 
c. Appropriate Level Teacher from Alternate Site
d. Appropriate Level Parent from Alternate Site
e. Appropriate Level Teacher from Site of Complaint
f. Grades 9th and above can include 2 students (Optional)
 
2. Non-Voting Member:
a. Principal from Site of Complaint 
b. Appropriate Level Library Media Specialist from Site of Complaint
 
D. The complainant’s concerns will be reviewed in addition to the materials. The materials will be judged by the committee as to conformity with selection criteria and instructional goals. The committee will reach a decision by simple majority vote. The complainant will receive a copy of the committee’s Report of Reconsideration. The site principal will keep copies of the Request for Reconsideration and the Report of Reconsideration.
 
E. In the event the complainant does not accept the decision of the review committee, he/she may appeal to the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. In the event the complainant does not accept the decision of the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, he/she may appeal to the Owasso Board of Education. The decision of the Owasso Board of Education will be considered final.
 
*Materials consist of those items selected for the library media center, including books, CDs, DVDs, video, listening devices, computer programs/software, and any other materials available through the library media center.