The University Laboratory High School Librarian assumes final responsibility for the selection of materials. Materials shall be chosen by the librarian alone and in cooperation with faculty, staff, and students.
Materials selected for inclusion in the collection of the University Laboratory High School Library shall satisfy the following:
In order to serve the needs of University Laboratory High School faculty and staff and other members of the University community, University Laboratory High School Library maintains a small professional collection of materials relating to the fields of education and library science.
The librarian selects titles appropriate for a core journal collection of interest and use to educators, administrators, and librarians, especially those at University Laboratory High School. In addition, key monographs in a few subject areas are acquired through selection or as gifts. These materials shall be subject to the selection criteria described above.
Faculty and staff at University High School are invited to participate in the library's current contents service. Through this service, the library periodically provides table-of-contents' of journals that would be of interest to individual faculty or staff members, thus allowing educators to stay abreast of current developments in their field.
University Laboratory High School facutly also have access to the much more comprehensive journal and monograph collections of the University Library.
The Library maintains a core reference collection consisting of Peterson's Guide to Four-Year Colleges, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and a few other reference and circulating titles. The school's Student Services Office provides a larger collection of college and career guides, including standardized test preparation materials.
In keeping with our role as a source of information, the library provides Internet access to information beyond the confines of our collection. The Internet affords us an exciting opportunity to have immediate access to timely and comprehensive information as well as a wide variety of primary sources. Providing connections to global information services and networks outside the library is different from selecting and purchasing materials for the library collection. The Internet changes rapidly, frequently, and unpredictably.
As the vast amount of information on the Internet is generated outside the library, the library cannot be responsible for accuracy, authenticity, currency, availability, or completeness of information. We cannot insure that Internet communications are secure or private.
Because of the library's limitations, the user is responsible for using discretion when considering the quality of material, questioning the validity of information, and choosing what is individually appropriate.
Through our required Computer Literacy curriculum, we provide students with guidelines for evaluating web sites and search strategies for finding the most appropriate information from the web. In addition, as students visit our library to conduct research on the Internet, we informally train them in how to use the Internet in a responsible and discriminating manner.
In the University Laboratory High School Library setting, the Internet is a resource which provides timely access to students' information needs. Unfortunately, limited computer resources do not permit the library to support all types of Internet and computer usage. Therefore, in order to best allocate these finite resources, student use of the library's computers will be limited in the following ways:
The University Laboratory High School Library welcomes gift materials. These materials shall be subject to the same criteria as those obtained through the regular selection process. Materials not chosen for inclusion in the University Laboratory High School Library's collection shall be sent to the University of Illinois Library, where they shall be made available to other departmental libraries or included in the University Library book sale.
The University Laboratory High School Library recognizes the importance of maintaining a collection of current, appropriate, and useful materials. Therefore, a periodic evaluation of the collection will be performed in order to remove or replace materials which are no longer useful. The following guidelines have been developed to aid in the weeding process; however, the final decision concerning the removal or replacement of material rests with the University Laboratory High School librarian.
The University Laboratory High School Library subscribes in principle to the philosophy expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and its supporting documents, and the American Association of School Librarians' School Library Bill of Rights for School Library Media Programs. Copies of these documents are appended to and made a part of this policy.
The University Laboratory High School Library also recognizes that occasionally materials selected may be challenged or questioned, despite the care taken in selecting them. A procedure for processing and responding to criticism of approved material has been established and shall be followed. This procedure shall include a formal signed complaint of standard format and an appointed committee to reevaluate the material in question.
Upon receiving a complaint, the University Laboratory High School Librarian shall hold a conference with the patron making the complaint. The Principal/Director of University Laboratory High School shall be notified and may be present at the conference.
If the problem cannot be resolved in the conference, the patron will be given a "Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials" form. (See Appendix A.)
The patron will return the completed form to the Librarian, who will forward a copy to the Principal/Director of University Laboratory High School and the University Librarian.
The University Librarian and the Principal/Director of University Laboratory High School will appoint a committee to review the complaint. This committee shall be composed of the University Laboratory High School Librarian, the Principal/Director of the University Laboratory High School, the University Librarian (or a designee), two teachers at University Laboratory High School (one from the discipline and/or grade representing the subject matter of the material and one from a different discipline and/or grade), and one other member of the University Laboratory High School community (this person could be a member of the Parent-Faculty Organization or another parent interest group).
The committee will review the complaint and make a written report and recommendation to the Principal/Director and the University Librarian.
Final disposition authority to keep or remove a book or other material rests with the Principal/Director of University Laboratory High School and the University Librarian.
A letter explaining the decision shall be sent to the complainant.
Partial list of sources consulted in preparing this policy:
Adams, Helen R. Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
Barber, Raymond W. & Bartell, Partice. Senior High Core Collection. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson, 2011.
Gillespie, John T., and Barr, Catherine. Best Books for High School Readers. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.