Selection Policy

GENERAL STATEMENT

The purpose of the ASIJ Harris Library is to serve the needs of the school. Materials are therefore selected to support the curriculum and the mission of the school, to help each student develop his/her potential as a human being, and to help each teacher to achieve his/her professional goals at the American School in Japan.

The ASIJ Harris Library endorses the American Library Association's Bill of Rights as interpreted for school library programs and the Association. for Educational Communications and Technology's Statement on Intellectual Freedom.

SELECTION AND EVALUATION OF MATERIALS

Materials will be selected by qualified personnel, relying heavily on reviews found in standard reviewing media. Library media specialists will try to provide a balanced collection of the highest quality in which students can find a variety of points of view on curriculum-related topics, along with standard works in fields covered in the curriculum and quality works on subjects of current interest.

Librarians will select on the basis of principle and reason rather than personal opinion and prejudice. Recommendations from the school community are welcomed and encouraged.

Staff members involved in selection of resource materials will use the following criteria as a guide:

  • educational significance
  • contribution the subject matter makes to the curriculum and to the interests of the students
  • favorable reviews found in standard selection sources
  • favorable recommendations based on preview and examination of materials by professional personnel
  • reputation and significance of the author, producer, and publisher
  • validity, currency, and appropriateness of material
  • contribution the material makes to breadth of representative viewpoints on controversial issues
  • high degree of potential user appeal
  • high artistic quality and/or literary style
  • quality and variety of format
  • value commensurate with cost and/or need
  • timeliness or permanence
  • integrity

CONTROVERSIAL MATERIALS

The major areas of controversial materials for this school are sex, politics, and religion. A sincere effort is made to find materials covering contrasting points of view, especially in the area of politics and public issues. Materials on religion are chosen to explain rather than convince, and are selected to represent the field as widely as possible for school purposes. In a literary work the use of profanity or treatment of sex is not an adequate reason for eliminating the material from the school library. In general, materials should be selected for their strengths rather than eliminated for their weaknesses.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION

Responsibilities for selection will rest with appropriate professionally trained personnel who will discharge this obligation consistent with the ASIJ Harris Library's adopted selection criteria and procedures. Selection procedures will involve representatives of the professional staff directly affected by the selections, and persons qualified by preparation to aid in wise selection


PROCEDURES FOR SELECTION OF LEARNING RESOURCES

In selecting learning resources, professional personnel will evaluate available resources and curriculum needs and will consult reputable, professionally prepared aids to selection and other appropriate sources. Among sources to be consulted are:

  • bibliographies (latest edition available, including supplements)
  • current reviewing media
  • other sources will be consulted as appropriate. Whenever possible, the actual resource will be examined.

Selection is an ongoing process that should include the removal of materials no longer appropriate and the replacement of lost and worn materials still of educational value.

THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY

Selection for the Middle School Library differs from the general policy only in the following ways:

Considerable emphasis in selection is on finding alternative and mufti-media materials to meet the diversity of leaning styles and maturity levels of pre- and beginning teen-age students.

THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY

Selection for the Elementary School Library differs from the general policy only in the following ways:

 Items that are likely to be used exclusively by the Elementary students and/or faculty are stored in the Elementary School Library.

 The Elementary School Library will provide guidance in terms of age- appropriate materials from other sources on the campus as the need arises.

THE ELC

Contact Don Maynard, the ELC Librarian

GIFTS/DONATIONS

We reserve the right to use gifts at the discretion of the librarians. They may be donated to a more appropriate organization  or sold on Spirit Day or at Winterfest to raise money for library activities.

Students or families can also sponsor or donate hardcover books to the libraries from the categories outlined below.  Books contributed from these categories will bear a bookplate on the inside cover with the name of the donor and the occasion the book is honoring (such as a birthday, graduation, etc.).

The High School Library will accept paperbacks.

 If a parent would like to donate paperback books to the Elementary School Library, the books can be specified for their child's classroom. The library will also work with parents to add donation bookplates to any classroom book donations.

Sponsoring Books from the Library Order - Perhaps the easiest way to make a donation to the libraries is to sponsor a book on order.  Contact one of the libraries and select a book from the materials on order and/or waiting for processing.

Payments can be made through the Advancement Office designating the contribution as an Elementary, Middle or High School Library Book Donation.

THE ELC

Contact Don Maynard, the ELC Librarian