Birdville Libraries reaffirm the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights for School Library Media Programs and asserts that the responsibility of the School Library is:
1. To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served.
2. To provide materials in an appropriate and current format to effectively teach the curriculum.
3. To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
4. To provide a background of information which will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
5. To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop under guidance the practice of critical analysis of all media.
6. To provide materials reflective of the pluralistic nature of a global society.
7. To place principle above personal opinion and avoid prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the library and technology center.
8. To anticipate and meet needs through awareness of subjects of current interest.
9. To provide materials with a recent copyright date as appropriate to the subject.
10. To ensure that multilingual programs have a diverse and wide range of materials available.
Birdville Libraries recognizes that the final decision as to what materials an individual student will use rests with that student’s parents/guardians. However, at no time, will the wishes of one child’s parents/guardians to restrict his/her reading or viewing of a particular item infringes on other parents/guardians’ rights to permit their child to read or view the same material. Additionally, the diverse needs of students are taken into account when materials are being selected with an emphasis on ensuring that materials are free from bias and address student needs with respect to equity, race, poverty, gender communities, mental health, language, and technology.
Materials selected should support the curriculum and interests of students, staff, and families, taking into account the diverse interests, age levels, ability levels, learning styles, and emotional and social development levels. Materials should encourage an appreciation for both informational and recreational reading, viewing, or listening.
In general, all learning resources shall be selected for their strengths, rather than rejected for their weaknesses. In order to achieve the objectives of the library, a combination of the following criteria are used as a guide in selection:
• Contribution and relevance to the curriculum and goals of the school
• Factual content is accurate, current, reliable and authoritative
• Readability and accessibility to the intended audience
• High degree of user appeal
• Present content in an appropriate format and acceptable technical quality
• Literary style and/or artistic quality
• Quality and variety of format with efforts to incorporate emerging technologies
• Treatment of subject that is clear, comprehensible, skillful, well-organized
• Timeliness or permanence
• Reflect current research and meet current standards of excellence
• Durable and attractive construction
• The value of each work will be examined as a whole, transcending individual words, phrases, illustrations or incidents
• Materials should represent various viewpoints on controversial issues
• Reputation or significance of author, producer, editor or publisher
• Favorable reviews found in standard selection resources
Birdville ISD Board Policy
Board Policy for the selection of Instructional Resouces https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/1099?filename=EF(LOCAL).pdf
Students' Right to Read NCTE Statement, National Council of Teachers of English
Navigating Students' Right to Read, Millie Davis
Library Bill of Rights, American Library Association
Freedom to Read, American Library Association