The Colusa County Free
Library’s Collection Development Policy supports the direction, goals, and
objectives of the Library as a whole. The primary mission of the Library is to
be an asset for reading, learning, and community for the diverse populations in
the Library’s service area.
The library selects materials
in a variety of formats and languages that best serve the needs of the
community. Selections are made by library Staff to provide a broad and relevant
collection, while being good stewards of the community’s tax dollars. Material
selection is based on awareness of community interests and concerns, national
and international issues and events, publishing trends, new insights, societal
trends, and the professional judgment of selectors regarding the material’s value
to the Library’s collection. It is the Library’s intention that the collection
addresses the needs and interests of its communities, and, as much as possible,
reflects the diversity of the entire Colusa County Free Library service area.
The Library participates in regional, state and national cooperative networks, and
facilitates interlibrary loan. It is partnered with four contract libraries
including Folsom Public Library, Woodland Public Library, Sutter County Public
Library and Sacramento Public Library.
The Library will uphold the
freedom to read as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read
Statement, the Freedom to View Statement and the Free Access to Materials for
Minors adopted by the American Library Association. While anyone is free to
select or reject materials for themselves or their own minor children, the
freedom of others to read or inquire will not be restricted. The Library does
not stand in loco parentis (in the place of parents). Parents and guardians, not
the Library or Staff, have the responsibility to guide and direct the reading,
listening, and viewing choices of their own minor children.
Objectives of the
The responsibility for the selection
of library materials rests ultimately with the Library Director. Under the
Director’s guidance, the professional Staff has responsibility for the
selection of materials. All Staff members and the general public are encouraged
to recommend materials for consideration. The Library collection shall be an
unbiased and diverse source of information, representing as many viewpoints as
The Colusa County Free Library selects
materials for its collection for audiences of all ages in whatever format is
most appropriate in accordance with professionally accepted guidelines. No
material will be excluded because of the race, nationality, religion, gender,
sexual orientation, political or social views of the author. Selection of
materials does not imply agreement with, approval or endorsement of the
content, viewpoint, implication, or expression of the material.
General criteria for selecting
materials include but are not limited to:
of author or subject
maintaining already established collection depth
subject and style for the intended audience
criteria for the evaluation of Nonfiction materials:
and depth of treatment
within a subject area
criteria for the evaluation of Fiction materials:
of significant literary or social trends
popularity and reputation within the world of literature
criteria for the evaluation of video, audio, music and other non-print formats:
quality of production
to the interests and skills of the intended users
resources such as e-books, e-serials (including journals), government
documents, databases (including locally mounted, full text or not), electronic
files, reference tools, scores, maps, or pictures in electronic or digital
format, including materials digitized by the library, are subject to the same
general selection criteria as other materials.
An item does
not have to meet all of the above criteria in order to be acceptable.
Materials, which do not meet these criteria, may be recommended for purchase to
satisfy high level of reader interest.
access to the history of Colusa County, its communities and the surrounding
area is an important function of the Library. Works by and about local authors,
and materials relating to the history of the County shall be sought, subject to
the selection criteria.
This is a
reference collection of books, newspapers, microforms, maps, cemetery records,
periodicals and reference materials relating to local history and genealogy.
Many of the materials in this collection are “one-of-a-kind” and cannot be
replaced; therefore, they are available for use in the library only.
other materials are added to this collection as they become available for
purchase, and through donations of materials in good physical condition that
meet the library’s criteria for relevance. County High School Year Books are
also maintained but are dependent upon fiscal resources or donations. The
Colusa Sun Herald is maintained on microfilm and can be viewed at the library.
This is a
reference collection of rare or out of print books, that includes books deemed
of particular historic value or those that were a part of the Library’s
original collection. Many of the materials in this collection are
“one-of-a-kind” and cannot be replaced; therefore, they are available for use
in the library only.
items, which, in and of themselves, may be controversial or offensive to some
patrons or Staff, may be selected. Their inclusion will contribute to the range
of viewpoints in the collection as a whole and the effectiveness of the
library’s ability to serve its community. Their inclusion is at the discretion
of the County Librarian.
of the Collection
consideration of patron demand, appropriateness for the collection, budget and
space constraints, and other information sources available in the community
(e.g., school libraries, community college library, and the Internet), not all
materials available will be collected or maintained by the library.
and Discarding of Materials
weeding is used to describe the activity of seeking out items that are no
longer useful or appropriate for the collection. The purpose of discarding
materials from the collection is to maintain an accurate and up to date
collection for library patrons.
collection is an ongoing process and is the responsibility of the Librarian.
The goal of the Colusa County Free Library is that each section of the
collection is to be weeded on an annual basis to keep the collection accurate
discarded from the collection using the CREW (Continuous Review, Evaluation,
and Weeding) guidelines for weeding. Items that are weeded from the collection
include ones that are: misleading or factually inaccurate; damaged, soiled or
worn; outdated or superseded by a new edition or newer title on the same
subject; trivial or have no discernible literary or scientific merit;
irrelevant to the needs and interests of the community or contain information
that may be obtained more easily elsewhere. Materials that have not been
borrowed in a chosen time period, duplicate titles no longer needed or damaged
materials are also considered for discarding.
damaged or outdated condition will be thrown away. Items in good condition may
be sold by the Friends of the Colusa County Free Library or donated to
County Free Library is committed to providing appropriate physical and
environmental care to the materials in its current collection.
of Collection Development Policy
County Library Collection Development Policy is reviewed every three years so
that it adequately reflects changes in the library’s goals and Patrons’ needs.