The library policies are developed to meet the needs of each school.
Schools have their own prescription for meeting the needs of the students by taking into consideration the following:
- Enrollment – Special Education Classes, ELL classes, Mentally Gifted and Regular Education Classes
- Reading levels of all students
- Demographics and Economically Disadvantages classification
- Professional Development required by the Principal
- Parent Enrichment
Each school is required to design their Policies to meet the needs of their patrons.
Selecting Library Materials
Books and other media selection should be based on the School District of Philadelphia’s Core Curriculum, student reading and interest levels, student input, the current library inventory and the collection development plan. Tools to review titles:
De-Selecting/Weeding Library Materials
De-selection, or weeding is one of the most essential aspects of collection development. It is necessary to weed unsuitable and unnecessary materials.
A plan for continuous, methodical weeding should be implemented to keep shelves up-to-date.
"Weeding Your Collection" School Library Journal
Disposal of De-Selected Items
Disposal of these items depends upon the content, condition and appeal.
Books and materials in good condition with correct and non-bias content can be:
- Offered to teachers
- Offered to students
- Offered to the community
- Offered to other school libraries (duplicates)
- Given to groups which collect books for projects such as those who give books to children of inmates, or who send books to an area where children do not have access to books of their own.
- Hold a book sale, using proceeds to purchase new materials (bags of books).
- Biased or incorrect content material should be discarded.