Collection Development Policy

Kissimmee Middle Library Collection Development Policy

Kissimmee Middle School’s Mission and Vision

Mission: Inspiring all learners to reach their highest potential as responsible, productive citizens.

Vision: All students will achieve at high levels.

About Kissimmee Middle School

KMS welcomes students from many different backgrounds gives students multiple opportunities to learn about other cultures as well as to share their culture with others. Our faculty is diverse as well and strives to make students feel valued.

Our Library Media Center’s Mission

It is the mission of the Kissimmee Middle School Library Media Center to promote an environment where students and staff are empowered users of ideas and information. Our collection will reflect the needs of our patrons with materials relevant to the curriculum and their interests. Our patrons will be encouraged to reach their highest potential as responsible productive citizens with a lifelong pursuit and appreciation of reading. Our Library will provide a setting where students can develop the skills necessary to locate, analyze, evaluate, interpret, and communicate information in an effective manner.

Goals of Collection Development

1. Build and maintain a collection that serves all learners and content areas.

2. Supplements curriculum as well as fulfills the pursuit of individual interests.

3. Elicits input from stakeholders within our school’s community to ensure that a variety of resources are available to support learning and interests.

4. Provide materials that

a. Will encourage readers from diverse backgrounds, interest and Lexile levels.

b. Will facilitate and broaden reading skills.

Goals and Objectives of the Library Media Center

1. Provide and maintain a collection that is diverse in content.

2. Provide a collection that supports and enhances the curriculum as well as the pursuit of individual interests.

3. Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and others to ensure that a variety of resources are available.

4. Provide materials that will encourage an appreciation for diversity and various worldly perspectives.

5. Provide materials in various levels of difficulty.

Collection Development Procedures

1. Collection guidelines will be based on multiple factors:

o Reader interest

o Support curriculum

o Academic needs of student and faculty members

o Knowledge of existing collection

o School mission and philosophy

Procedures for Selection

In selecting materials, the school Librarian will evaluate available resources and will consult reputable, professionally recognized reviewing periodicals, standard catalogs, and other selection tools. Recommendations for purchase are encouraged from administrators, teachers, students, district personnel, and community persons, as appropriate. Gift materials will be judged by the selection criteria and shall be accepted or rejected by those criteria. Selection is an ongoing process that should include removing materials no longer appropriate and replacing lost and worn items still of educational value.

2. Repair and replacement

o Damaged, lost, or worn books are not automatically replaced. The Librarian will determine which materials to replace based on multiple factors including, but not limited to age, number of recent circulations, number of duplicate copies, and patron demand.

3. Weeding

o Weeding will be done on a regular basis by the Librarian. Books will be weeded based on, but not limited to the following criteria:

§ Books in poor condition

§ Books with no circulation in recent years

§ Content not relevant to our curriculum

§ Content out of date

4. Challenged Material

The following policy shall be followed when the appropriateness of District adopted books or materials is questioned:

A. School-community citizens may register their concerns with the Superintendent or principal of the school where material is being challenged.

B. All concerns shall be presented in writing on a printed form that is available in each school office, the Superintendent’s office, or on the District website. The written objection must be filed within thirty (30) calendar days of the adoption of the material. A complainant who does not complete and return the form within the required time shall receive no consideration.

C. Within thirty (30) days after the initial thirty-day period has expired, the School Board shall conduct at least one public hearing on all petitions received during the thirty-day time period. The petitioner(s) shall be notified in writing of the date and time of the hearing at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing.

D. The contested material shall be made available to the public online at least seven (7) days before the hearing.

E. The decision of the School Board, after convening a hearing, shall be final and not subject to further review or petition. Procedures to be followed when the appropriateness of books or materials is questioned are delineated in the District’s Media Specialist Handbook. This procedure is also available from the Superintendent’s office, the school principal, and on the District’s Media and Instructional Technology Department website.

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