Library Media Technology Specialists (LMTSs) use a variety of sources to determine material selection resulting in a number of considerations that must be made when selecting books or materials. The LMTSs follow the American Library Association (ALA) School Library Selection Criteria and consider student needs and interests. The general criteria from the ALA are as follows:
- Support and enrich the curriculum and/or students' personal interests and learning
- Meet high standards in literary, artistic, and aesthetic quality; technical aspects; and physical format
- Be appropriate for the subject area and the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social, emotional, and intellectual development of the students for whom the materials are selected
- Incorporate accurate and authentic factual content from authoritative sources
- Earn favorable reviews in standard reviewing sources or favorable recommendations based on preview and examination of materials by professional personnel
- Exhibit a high degree of potential user appeal and interest
- Represent differing viewpoints on controversial issues
- Provide a global perspective and promote diversity by including materials by authors and illustrators of all cultures
- Include a variety of resources in physical and virtual formats, including print and non-print such as electronic and multimedia (including subscription databases and other online products, e-books, educational games, and other forms of emerging technologies)
- Demonstrate physical format, appearance, and durability suitable to their intended use
- Balance cost with the need
ALA. (2022) Selection Criteria. www.ala.org
LMTSs use several trusted websites, book award listings, and professional periodicals to assist with book selection. These review sites and listings provide professionally reviewed and recommended literature for guidance in selection.
Websites and Periodicals:
- American Library Association (ALA)
- Horn Book
- Kirkus Reviews
- School Library Journal
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
- Caldecott Medal
- Coretta Scott King Awards
- Nebula Award
- Newbery Medal
- Pura Belpre'
- State Awards
LMTSs use several approved vendors for purchasing library materials. The criteria used for vendor selection are based on book availability, pricing, efficiency in the ordering process, quality, and the competitive process. The common vendors used for book purchasing are Follett, Bound to Stay Bound, Junior Library Guild, and Overdrive.
Funding for the purchase of Library Media Center books and materials come from the following sources:
- State/District provided funds
- Book fairs
- Outstanding fines and lost books
- Grants and donations (DonorsChoose, businesses, state and federal grants, PTA/PTO)
Process for challenging a book
Parents who are concerned with a book or material located at their child's school can request the Materials Reconsideration form from the school. The form must be filled out and submitted to the school. Once received, the school administration will review the information and respond appropriately.
Parents have the option to use alternate books or materials or may request that their child not be permitted to check out the book/material in question. For more information on challenging a book or material, see Board policy IFBD and regulation IFBD-R Media Center.