Materials Selection Policy
The Shasta Public Libraries (Library) provide information, lifelong learning, inspiration and enjoyment to people of all ages through reading and technology. This Materials Selection Policy sets guidelines for use by the Library in the selection of books and other printed and electronic materials.
The selection of materials for the Library is governed by four factors:
Only those materials of local significance, of long-term importance to the collections, or heavily used items will be bound or rebound as needed.
Donations of materials or funds to enrich the collection are welcome. Gift materials must meet the same selection criteria as purchased materials. The Library Director shall make the final decision on the use or disposition of gifts. Any gift that is not added to the collection will be given to the Friends of the Library to be sold in their book sales, proceeds from which will benefit library operations.
Damaged, worn, obsolete, superseded, or unused items may be withdrawn from the Library upon the recommendation of the Library Director.
Persons objecting to the content of materials in the library shall be invited to state their objection in writing. Any request for reconsideration will be reviewed by the Library Director and may be appealed to the Redding Municipal Library Board of Trustees.
LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their service.
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM STATEMENT
An Interpretation of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS
The heritage of free men is ours.
In the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution, the founders of our nation proclaimed certain fundamental freedoms to be essential to our form of government. Primary among these is the freedom of expression, specifically the right to publish diverse opinions and the right to unrestricted access to those opinions. As citizens committed to the full and free use of all communications media and as professional persons responsible for making the content of those media accessible to all without prejudice, we, the undersigned, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of freedom of expression.
Through continuing judicial interpretations of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, freedom of expression has been guaranteed. Every American who aspires to the success of our experiment in democracy . . . who has faith in the political and social integrity of free men . . . must stand firm on those Constitutional guarantees of essential rights. Such Americans can be expected to fulfill the responsibilities implicit in those rights.
We, therefore, affirm these propositions:
We will make available to everyone who needs or desires them, the widest possible diversity of views and modes of expression, including those which are strange, unorthodox or unpopular.
Creative thought is, by its nature, new. New ideas are always different and, to some people, distressing and even threatening. The creator of every new idea is likely to be regarded as unconventional . . . occasionally heretical . . . until his idea is first examined, then refined, then tested in its political, social or moral applications. The characteristic ability of our governmental system to adapt to necessary change is vastly strengthened by the option of the people to choose freely from among conflicting opinions. To stifle nonconformist ideas at their inception would be to end the democratic process. Only through continuous weighing and selection form among opposing views can free individuals obtain the strength needed for intelligent, constructive decisions and actions. In short, we need to understand not only what we believe, but why we believe as we do.
Adopted June 18, 1948.Amended February 2, 1961 and January 23, 1980, inclusion of "age"
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