361 Selection of Instructional Materials
Policy Number: 361
The Board of Education of the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau District is legally responsible for all matters related to the operation of the district. The responsibility for the selection of library media resources is delegated through the District Administrator to the certified library media center personnel employed by the school district. The responsibility for the selection of instructional resources rests with the curriculum committees and the director of instruction. In an effort to achieve the district’s goals in developing a balanced collection in a variety of formats, it is the responsibility of the certified library media center personnel to make final selection decisions.
The school district endorses the American Library Association Bill of Rights and the American Association of School Librarians’ Access to Resources and Services in the School Media Program: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.
The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District complies with the Department of Public Instruction administrative rule for Wisconsin State Statute 121.06(h), which states in part “Provide adequate instructional materials, texts, and library services which reflect the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society.”
Although the District recognizes that any item may offend some patrons, selection of resources on controversial topics will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but rather on the merits of the resource, its value to the collection and to patrons, and to meeting the intent of Section 121.06(h) of the Wisconsin State Statutes.
Telecommunication networks have revolutionized the process of selecting information in school library media centers. Information found via telecommunications as with many other resources reflects varying points of view and levels of maturity. To maximize positive student experiences staff and certified library media center personnel will focus on providing students with the skills to evaluate information on telecommunication networks that are appropriate to their educational needs and personal safety.