Gooding Joint School District No. 231
Selection of Library Materials
The District has libraries in every school with the primary objective of implementing and supporting the educational program in the schools. It is the objective of these libraries to provide a wide range of materials on all appropriate levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal, and the presentation of different points of view.
The provision of a wide variety of library materials at all reading levels supports the District’s basic principle that the school in a free society assists all students to develop their talents fully so that they become capable of contributing to the further good of that society.
In support of these objectives, the Board reaffirms the principles of intellectual freedom inherent in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and expressed in the School Library Bill of Rights, endorsed by the American Association of School Librarians in 1969.
Although the Superintendent is responsible for selection of library materials, ultimate responsibility for the selection of library materials rests with the Board.
The Board, acting through the Superintendent, thereby delegates the authority for the selection of library materials to the principal in each of the schools. The principal further delegates that authority to the librarian in the school.
The Board believes it is the responsibility of the District:
- To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the pupils served;
- To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards;
- To provide a background of information which will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives;
- To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of analytical reading and thinking;
- To provide materials representative of the many religions and ethnic and cultural groups, showing their contributions to our
The above principles, adopted from the School Library Bill of Rights of the American Association of School Libraries, will serve as a guide in the selection of all instructional and library materials.
Policy History: Adopted on: 5/8/12 Revised on: Reviewed on: 2/9/21