Policies and Regulations NEPN Code: IJK

Selection of Library and Supplemental Instructional Resources and Materials

It is the policy of the School Board to provide supplemental educational materials that support and enrich the curriculum and further the achievement of the District’s instructional goals. These materials include school library collections, licensed databases, and classroom collections.

In selecting supplemental instructional resources, the professional staff will:

  • Provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, learning styles, and maturity levels of the students served;
  • Provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, and aesthetic values and that will promote reading for enjoyment;
  • Provide materials that present more than one point of view so that students may have an opportunity to develop the practice of critical analysis and make informed decisions in their daily lives.

The selection of supplemental materials is an ongoing process in order to keep up with the expansion of knowledge and the rapid changes in the world today. Librarians in consultation with teachers and administrators will select library resources and materials. Supplemental instructional resources and materials for the classroom will be selected by classroom teachers in consultation with their building principal and appropriate District coordinators.

In order to maintain and promote use of supplementary instructional materials, the collections must be regularly reviewed. Lost and worn materials with continuing educational value will be replaced. Items that are no longer appropriate or out-of-date will be removed. Gift materials may be accepted or rejected based upon the criteria on the next page.

Criteria for Selection
Supplemental instructional resources and materials will:

  • Contain accurate and up-to-date content;
  • Support and be consistent with District curricular goals and State content standards;
  • Meet high standards of quality in presentation, physical format, educational significance, readability, interest appeal, authenticity, artistic presentation, literary style, and factual content;
  • Be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social development of the students for whom the materials are selected;
  • Be designed to provide a background of information that will motivate students and staff to examine their own attitudes and behavior; to comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges as participating citizens in our society; and to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives;
  • Provide information on opposing sides of issues so that users may develop the skill of critical analysis in decision-making.
  • In the case of computer software, be compatible with the established District network platform and operating system.

Challenged Materials
Individuals expressing concern about resources available through the school library resource center or in classroom collections should be directed to the process outlined in Policy/Regulation KEC/KEC-R.


Related Policies:

IJNC/IJNC-R - School Library Resource Centers
KEC/KEC-R - Concerns and Complaints about Programs or Instructional Materials


Policy   Board Action
Adopted: 03-11-02 33101
Amended: 11-24-08 35222
Reviewed: 12-12-11 36237
Reviewed: 01-09-17 37667