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Volusia County Library Media Collection Plan

Each school media collection is developed in accordance with Volusia County Policy Number 320, Media Selection Practices for Volusia County Schools and Florida Statutes 233.165, Standards for Selection. Each school has a Media Advisory Committee led by the media specialist and consists of teachers, school administration, parents, and students when appropriate.

The Library Media Program is an integral supplier of information and resources for the entire school community that supports a wide range of literature needs of our diverse district population. By providing intellectual and physical access to information and ideas-whether within the media center, in the classroom, or from around the world, the program functions as the heart of the learning community for students and staff alike.

Selection Process:

1. The media specialists develop a purchase list made up of:

  • curriculum knowledge
  • requests of faculty and students
  • interests of students
  • highly reviewed lists appropriate for the age band of the media center such as American Library Association award winners, School Library Journal Starred Review, Kirkus Starred, and Horn Starred

2. Updated current information and materials from reputable, unbiased, and professionally prepared selections are given strong consideration.

3. The School Media Advisory Committee, or subcommittee, led by the Media Specialist, reviews book selection lists and receives feedback on new selections.

Challenge Process:

Although materials are carefully selected, there can arise differences of opinion regarding suitable materials. Custodial parents and legal guardians may request restricted access to certain materials for their student by contacting the media specialist to have an alert put on their student’s library account. Individual(s) requesting that material be withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete a "Citizen’s Request Form for Examination of Materials" form (Volusia County District Policy 320) which is available in the school media center. During the challenge process, the book is not removed from the collection. Removal of the challenged item only occurs if the committee deems appropriate.

1. The principal meets with the individual(s) to hear the complaint.

2. Upon closure of that meeting, if there is no resolution, paperwork is given to the individual(s) to begin the challenge process.

3. Paperwork is filled out by individual(s) and returned to school.

4. School Media Advisory Committee convenes and the item in question is evaluated. The principal provides the committee’s decision to the individual(s) in writing.

5. If a school level resolution does not meet the individual(s)’s satisfaction, a request is made for a district level committee to convene. The School Superintendent decides if the school level committee’s decision stands or if it will go to a district level committee.

6. Within 15 working days of the district committee’s report, the Superintendent shall make the final decision and provide the individual(s) with a copy of that decision.

Gifts and Donated Books:

The school library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed. If they are not needed because of duplication, condition, or dated information the media department can discard if needed. The same criteria of selection which are applied to purchased materials are applied to gifts. Stakeholders can also support the library media center through monetary gifts. Please consult with the media specialist for book recommendations.

AASL (American Association of School Libraries) : Information Access and Delivery Principles of School Library Media Programs