Libraries of Foster
Collection Development Policy
Materials will be selected based on positive reviews in professional journals or actual examination and evaluation of materials. Popular demand, such as bestsellers, school bibliographies, or local interests, may also be used as the criterion for selection of materials. Items that must be updated every year may be placed on a standing order list to ensure timely delivery. Suggestions from the community for items to be considered for purchase are strongly encouraged, but materials must meet selection criteria.
The Libraries of Foster does not attempt to acquire textbooks that specifically support local curricula, but it may acquire textbooks for general use by the public. Paperback books will be purchased when available to meet short-term demand. The library will attempt to have information available in a variety of formats, such as book, non-book, pamphlet, magazines, etc., when available and practical. Generally, only one copy of materials in other formats—DVD, compact disc, etc.—will be purchased unless long-term high demand is anticipated. Film and audio recordings will be selected for potential long-term use that meets general interests. Regardless of an item’s popularity, the library may choose not to select it if the available format is not durable enough to withstand reasonable library use or if it would require excessive staff time to maintain.
Objections to items in the collection should be made in writing to the library director. (See also the “Request for Reconsideration of Materials” policy.) Materials that no longer meet the needs of the community and no longer support the library’s collection will be withdrawn and disposed of in accordance with the library’s “Deselection of Materials” policy.