7350 – Selection Of Media Materials

The Grand Island School Board hereby declares it is the policy of the School District of Grand Island School District to provide a wide range of instructional materials on all levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view and to allow the review of allegedly inappropri­ate instructional materials through established procedures.

In order to assure that the school media program is an integral part of the educational program of the school, the following selection objectives were adopted:

  1. To provide materials that will enrich and support that curriculum and personal needs of the users, taking into consideration their varied interests, abilities, and learning styles.
  2. To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
  3. To provide a background of information which will enable pupils to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
  4. To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that users may develop under guidance the practice of critical analy­sis.
  5. To provide materials which realistically represent our pluralistic society and reflect the contributions made by these groups and indi­viduals to our American heritage.
  6. To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive media collection appropriate for the users.

The Grand Island School Board is legally responsible for the selection of material, however, the responsibility and recommendation for selection of materials is made by certificated personnel.

Educational goals of the local school district, individual student learning modes, teaching styles, curricula needs, existing materials, and networking arrangements should be considered in developing the media collection. Guidelines for the evaluation and selection of curriculum resources are listed below.

Curriculum materials should:

  1. Be relevant to today's world.
  2. Represent artistic, historic, and literary qualities.
  3. Contribute to the objectives of the instructional program.
  4. Be appropriate to the level of the user.
  5. Represent differing viewpoints on controversial subjects.
  6. Provide a stimulus to creativity.

Technical materials should:

  1. Be of acceptable technical quality; clear narration and sound, syn­chronized pictures and sound.
  2. Be readable; typographically well-balanced. 

In selecting materials for school media program, the certificated li­brary/media personnel will:  (1) evaluate the existing collection; (2) assess curriculum needs; (3) examine materials and consult reputable, pro­fessionally prepared selection aids. Recommendations for acquisition will be solicited from faculty, students, and patrons.

Gift materials should be judged by the criteria listed in the preceding section and should be accepted or rejected on the basis of those criteria.

It should be understood that selection is a continuing process which should include the removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn materials still of educational value.

Policy Adopted 3-5-84
Policy Reviewed 11-13-03

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