Instructional materials are selected to implement, enrich, and support the educational program for the students at Tri County. Materials must serve both the breadth of the curriculum and the needs and interests of individual students. The Library Media Center is obligated to provide information for a wide range of abilities and to respect the diversity of many differing points of view.
The following criteria will be used as they apply:
- Learning resources shall support and be consistent with the general educational goals of the state and district and the objectives of individual schools and specific courses.
- Learning resources shall meet high standards of quality in factual content and presentation.
- Learning resources shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social development of the students for whom the materials are selected.
- Physical format and appearance of learning resources shall be suitable for their intended use.
- Learning resources shall be designed to help students gain an awareness of our pluralistic society.
- Learning resources shall be designed to motivate students and staff to examine their own duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges as participating citizens in our society, and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.
- Learning resources shall be selected for their strengths rather than rejected for their weaknesses.
- The selection of learning resources on controversial issues will be directed toward maintaining a diverse collection representing various views.
The following kinds of material should be selected for the Library Media Center:
- Materials integral to the instructional program.
- Materials appropriate for the reading level and understanding of students in the school.
- Materials reflecting the interests and needs of the students and faculty served by the Media Center.
- Materials warranting inclusion in the collection because of their literary and/or artistic value and merit.
- Materials presenting information with the greatest degree of accuracy and clarity possible.
- Materials representing a fair and unbiased presentation of information. In controversial areas, the media specialist, in cooperation with the faculty, should select materials representing as many shades of opinion as possible, in order that varying viewpoints are available to students.
Please schedule a good time to meet with me that I can familiarize you with all the print resources that can be used by you and your students and evaluate what titles we should be securing to fill in the gaps where the current collection is not meeting the needs of your curriculum goals and needs.