A workbook for Selection Policy Writing This page explains WHY each library needs a policy, in addition to information that is pertinent to building a policy.
The Collection Program in Schools has a Collection Development Policy Analysis Evaluation Guide (Mardis, 2016, p. 56)
Criterion 1 Introduction, Goals, and Philosophy
Workbook for Selection Policy Writing This covers why a policy is needed, basic components of a selection policy and information about each of the following criterion.
Library Bill of Rights according to ALA
Freedom to Read Statement by NCTE
Criterion 2 Responsibility for Selection
Criterion 3 General and Specific Criteria
Selection criteria should consider these items:
*Authority– What is the credibility of the source?
*Appropriateness– is it age and level appropriate for the intended user?
*Scope– What is the purpose and depth of coverage of the material?
*Authenticity– Are facts distinguished from opinion? Are the facts given accurate and up to date?
*Treatment- Is the presentation free of bias? Does the material reflect our multicultural society? Are the illustrations helpful and necessary to present this material?
* Arrangement and Organization-Is the information presented in a clear, logical manner?
*Instructional Design– Does the material encourage problem solving and creativity? Does it promote the understanding of ideas? Do the users have the necessary capabilities?
*Special Features- Are there unique features that are absent from other resources on the same topic?
*Materials Available on the Subject– Is the topic a newly discovered one? Does it help cover a topic within the curriculum that is not already covered by your collection?
Other Practical considerations- Physical form? Technical Quality? Aesthetic Quality? Durability? Safety and health considerations? Cost?
(Mardis, 2016, p.75-80)
Criterion 4 Position on Intellectual Freedom
Criterion 5 Special Areas
Criterion 6 Reconsideration of Materials
For Weeding CREW Method (a 150-page document explaining this)
Criterion 7 Selection Procedures
Criterion 8 Other
Criterion 9 Recommendations
Here is a link to a Collection Development Analysis Project I did in September 2018.