361.2 Rule, Media Center Materials Selection and Review Procedures

MEDIA CENTER MATERIALS SELECTION AND REVIEW PROCEDURES

 

BARABOO SCHOOL BOARD POLICY

 

361.2 RULE

 

For purposes of this procedure, materials shall consist of non-consumable items (other than workbooks and textbooks).  These include: books, periodicals, pamphlets, pictures, maps, videos, recordings, audio-visual materials and computer software which are used by the students and faculty. 

 

I.                    Selection procedures for materials purchased through media center budgets

 

A.     Media specialists, in consultation with teachers, administrators, and students will determine purchasing needs.

 

B.     The media specialist will select materials through one or more of the following:

1.     Reading professional reviews

2.     Consulting staff

3.     Examining materials whenever possible

             

C.     Criteria for selection – materials to be purchased shall be evaluated and chosen with respect to the following:

1.      Potential use

a.       Supports curriculum

b.      Stimulates personal growth and development

c.       Answers needs for recreational reading

2.      Reliability

a.       Up-to-date

b.      Reputation of author and publisher/producer

c.       Accuracy of information

3.      Quality of writing/production

a.       Realistic portrayal of characters

b.      Logically developed plot

c.       Creative presentation

d.      Aesthetic value

4.      Format

a.       Quality construction/technical features

b.      Attractiveness

c.       Appropriateness of subject matter to media

d.      Price/usefulness

5.      Whole vs. part

a.       Approach from a broad perspective

b.      Consideration of context

c.       Consider the work as a whole rather than isolated parts


 

II.                 Gifts

The media specialist shall report to the appropriate administrator on materials donated to the media center.  This report shall make recommendations as to acceptance or rejection of the offered materials based on the criteria for selection.  Acceptance or rejection shall rest with the appropriate administrator.  Appeals may be made to the Board of Education.  All gifts shall be subject to Wis. Statute 118.27 and/or applicable school board policies.

 

III.               Discard (Weeding)

The selection process begins with the evaluation of materials before purchase and is completed with the evaluation of materials before discarding them, a process known as “weeding.”  This process clears the collection of materials which no longer meet the selection criteria.  Weeding contributes to an up-to-date, quality collection.

 

IV.              Challenged Materials

 

A.     Challenged materials will remain in circulation during this procedure.

 

B.     The following procedure shall be used by district personnel when specific materials are challenged:

 

1.      An informal attempt will be made by the building principal and media specialist to resolve the expressed concerns.

2.      If the informal attempt to resolve the concern is unsuccessful, the procedure for making a challenge shall be explained and the person(s) making the challenge shall be provided with a copy of the “Request for reconsideration of instructional materials” form.

3.      Using the form for reconsideration, the written challenge shall be filed with the building principal by the person(s) making the challenge and a copy of the challenge shall be delivered to the district administrator.

4.      When a challenge is received, the district administrator will call a meeting of the Review Committee.  Final decision on the challenge must be made by the Review Committee as soon as possible within 30 school days of the receipt of same.

 

C.     The Review Committee shall consist of the following:    (Each member will receive a copy of the Materials Selection and Review Policy and its implementing procedures at the time of their appointment.

 

1.      Two citizens shall be appointed by the District Administrator, or his/her designee, in September of each year.  One alternate will be appointed at the same time.

2.      A teacher from each level (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) shall be appointed by the appropriate level administrators in September of each year.  An alternate for each will be appointed at the same time.

3.      A media specialist and administrator shall be appointed by the District Administrator, or his/her designee, in September of each year.  An alternate for each will be appointed at the same time.

 

D.     Review Committee Procedure

1.      A copy of the written challenge shall be provided to each member in advance of the meeting(s).

2.      Committee members will be given an opportunity to review the challenged material.

3.      The person(s) making the challenge, as well as the principal and media specialist representing the school collection that has the challenged material, will be given an opportunity to address the committee.

4.      The person(s) making the challenge will be advised in writing of the committee’s decision.

 

E.      Appeal

1.      The person(s) making the challenge may appeal the decision of the Review Committee to the School Board in writing within ten school days of the Committee’s decision.  The Board shall take final action on the appeal as soon as possible within thirty school days.  The Board shall notify the person(s) making the challenge in writing of its final decision.

2.      The School Board will receive copies of the written challenge and the committee’s written decision.

3.      Board members will be provided an opportunity to review the challenged material.

4.      Materials that have been challenged may not be challenged again within one calendar year.

Last Updated: 7/13/09
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