Salina Library Collection Management Policy
The Collection Management Policy is intended to provide guidance, within budgetary
and space limitations, for the selection and evaluation of materials which anticipate and
meet the needs and interests of the Salina Library community. The collection serves to
inspire learning and growth while also providing for the general educational,
recreational and entertainment needs of the public.
Salina Library has adopted the following American Library Association guidelines for
public access to information:
ALA Bill of Rights
ALA Code of Ethics
ALA Freedom to Read Statement
ALA Freedom to View Statement
Responsibility for Selection
Responsibility for the collection rests with the Salina Library Board of Trustees. The
responsibility for selection of materials rests with the Library Director. At the discretion
of the Director, qualified staff are assigned selection responsibilities. Patrons and staff
are encouraged to recommend titles for consideration. These requests are considered
for purchase within the selection criteria listed below.
Criteria for Selection
Standard professional journals, as well as popular and local media sources, are used in
the selection process. The library’s acquisition of any resource does not constitute
endorsement. Potential acquisitions are judged by the following criteria:
Relevance to community’s needs, interests, and demand
Balance with the current collection
Accuracy of content
Suitability to the intended audience including subject, style, format, interest and
Reputation of the author, composer, filmmaker, publisher, or producer
Quality of writing, design, illustration, or production
An item need not meet all of these criteria to be selected.
We recognize that some materials may be considered controversial and that any given
item may offend some patrons. Selection will not be made on the basis of anticipated
approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of this policy’s guidelines.
Responsibility for monitoring a child’s access to library materials rests with the parent or
Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of
Interlibrary loan is used to obtain materials that are unavailable in the OCPL system and
are that are beyond the scope of the library’s collection. In return for utilizing
interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, Salina Library agrees to lend its
materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network, and to make its
current holdings accessible to other libraries throughout the state.
Gifts and Donations
The criteria for materials selection also apply in the acceptance of gifts and donations of
books and other materials. Once the library accepts a gift, it becomes the property of
the library, to be used or disposed of in accordance with the policies established by the
Board of Trustees.
The collection is reviewed and evaluated regularly in order to meet current community
needs. Withdrawn materials are evaluated for their potential to recoup value for the
library, and may be sold by the library or Friends of the Library, sent to other agents for
resale, or discarded.
At the Director’s discretion, withdrawn materials may be:
Donated to the Friends of the Library, other libraries or non-profit or educational
Recycled or otherwise disposed of properly.
Request for Reconsideration
Salina Library strives to provide access to a diverse range of materials representing
varying points of view, without promoting a single perspective.
In some cases, patrons may take issue with specific library materials they find offensive
or inappropriate for the collection. Patrons are urged to first speak with a librarian
regarding their concerns. Patrons requesting that material be withdrawn from or
reclassified within the collection may complete a “Request for Reconsideration of
Library Materials” form.
The Director will send acknowledgement of receipt of the Request for
Reconsideration form to the patron within three working days. Staff will evaluate
the item along with any reviews and/or selection criteria used to purchase the
item. Information submitted by the patron will be included in the evaluation. A
written response will be made by the Library Director within 30 days of receiving
the formal objection.
If the Director’s response does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the patron
may request, in writing, that the matter be presented to and reviewed by the
Board of Trustees. The patron should provide written and/or verbal arguments
as to why the material in question should be removed or reclassified. A decision
will be made by the Board of Trustees at a regularly scheduled meeting. The
patron will receive written notification from the Board of Trustees.
The material in question will remain active during the review process.