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Policies & Procedures

II. MISSION STATEMENT

A. Local

The mission of the White Settlement ISD Library System is to provide access, through judicious selection and appropriate funding, to organized, timely, balanced, and age-appropriate Learning Resources which enrich the academic pursuits and varied interests of students, staff, and educational community; to support the curriculum; and to promote information literacy, life-long learning, and love of reading.
 
In order to assist patrons on each campus in their quest for knowledge:
  • Library programs will provide meaningful opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills by learning how to seek information from a variety of sources, organize and manipulate the information, and communicate the results to others.
  • Library programs will strive toward attaining Exemplary status as defined by the State Board of Education and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in the Texas Administrative Code: Title 13 http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/schoollibs/sls/index.html
  • The WSISD libraries will be directed by qualified personnel and will provide a range of resources in a variety of formats.
  • Library staff will provide library skills instruction, as these skills are required, to meet student needs or curriculum goals and objectives.
  • Library facilities will provide safe learning environments.
  • The libraries will remain open for study and research throughout the school year during the times that students attend classes.
  • Library patrons will have access to an organized and managed collection of instructional materials and technologies.
  • Librarians will identify resources available to meet educational goals and determine additional resources needed to meet program and student needs.
  • Material will be placed in the libraries under specific selection policy guidelines.
  • Librarians will develop adequate budgets for needed materials, supplies, equipment, and services based on the identified goals for student achievement.
  • The library programs will not restrict reading materials to those required by assignments.
  • Use of the library will be restricted only in cases of misuse or abuse of the library or library materials.

B. State

Texas Education Agency
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/libraries/index.html
The mission of the TEA Division of Curriculum for Texas public school libraries is as follows:
  • to build the capacity of Texas school library programs to support learning, especially in the core curriculum areas
  • to enable students to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational opportunities of our state, nation and world.
III. POSITION STATEMENTS

POLICY
  • Library Bill of Rights — American Library Association
  • The Freedom to Read — American Library Association
  • American Library Association Code of Ethics — American Library Association
 
A. Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 18, 1948.
by the ALA Council.

B. The Freedom to Read Statement
http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/statementspols/ftrstatement/freedomreadstatement.htm

Excerpts follow:

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy…. We, as citizens devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.


Now as always in our history, reading is among our greatest freedoms. The freedom to read and write is almost the only means for making generally available ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small audience. The written word is the natural medium for the new idea and the untried voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. It is essential to the extended discussion that serious thought requires, and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized collections.



This statement was originally issued in May of 1953 by the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council, which in 1970 consolidated with the American Educational Publishers Institute to become the Association of American Publishers.

Adopted June 25, 1953;
revised January 28, 1972, January 16, 1991, July 12, 2000,
by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee.

A Joint Statement by American Library Association and Association of American Publishers

Subsequently Endorsed by the following:
C. American Library Association Code of Ethics
  1. We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.
  2. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.
  3. We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.
  4. We recognize and respect intellectual property rights.
  5. We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness and good faith, and advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions.
  6. We do not advance private interests at the expense of library users, colleagues, or our employing institutions.
  7. We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.
  8. We strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession.