The Waterford Township Public Library believes there shall be no censorship, for the freedom to read freely from a variety of sources is essential to a democracy. The Waterford Township Public Library subscribes to the selection principles for books and other library resources contained in the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association, and the Freedom to Read Statement endorsed by the American Library Association Council and the American Book Publisher's Council. All materials added to the collection shall be judged on the content as a whole, not by detached excerpts. Personal behavior of the creator of any material shall have no bearing on the selection of the material. There shall be no limitation in Library services because of age, race, color, religion or national origin, or physical limitations.
Maximum effort shall be directed toward maintaining a standard of excellence in materials selection for all segments of the community, striking a balance between public demand and diversity of material. Factual accuracy, effective expression, significance of the subject, sincerity and responsibility of opinion are acceptable criteria for a high standard of quality. The interest and current needs of the community, the individual merit of each item, and the library's existing collection, budget and services are the main factors in selection. The Director, with the aid of the library staff, shall be free to use her or his judgment in the selection, retention and withdrawal of materials within the provisions of the selection policy.
I. BOOK SELECTION:
The following selection guides will be used: Children's Catalog, Standard Catalog for High School Libraries, Fiction Catalog, Standard Catalog for Public Libraries, Guide to Reference Books, and bibliographies published by professional associations and organizations. The following current reviewing aids will be consulted as appropriate:Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Book Review Digest, Publisher's Weekly, Wilson Library Bulletin, New York Times Book Review, Horn Book, and Voice of Youth Advocates. Recommendations and reviews in subject-oriented journals will also be consulted, along with recommendations by other library or subject-area professionals.
The following general criteria will be applied to each item of material being considered for addition to the collection:GENERAL SELECTION CRITERIA:
II. NON-BOOK MATERIALS SELECTION
Space and budget consideration preclude the addition of specialized journals to the collection: such specialized journals are available at special, academic and larger public libraries in the tri-county area. Articles from such journals are readily available through local, regional and state interlibrary loan networks in which the Library participates.
III. NON-PRINT MATERIALS
V. CITIZEN REQUEST FOR EVALUATION OF MATERIALS
Requests from the public to evaluate library materials deemed from an individual or group point of view to be questionable for any reason shall be presented to the Director in writing on a form obtainable from the Library. Only requests in writing shall be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee. The materials shall remain available to the public until a decision and recommendation to the Township Board is made. A subcommittee may be organized by the Director for the review of specific materials.