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Wellspring Learning Community Library Policy in accordance with guidelines as set out from The American Library Association (www.ala.org)

For all inquiries regarding this policy please contact: librarystaff@wellspring.edu.lb

I. Philosophy

  • The mission of Wellspring Learning Community Library is to provide a collection of materials to implement, enrich, and support the curriculum and to meet the individual educational, emotional, and recreational needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • For further information on the role of the school library media center, please see: 
    Access to Resources and Services in the School Library Media Center, a document prepared by the American Library Association (ALA)

II. Selection


The Wellspring Learning Community Librarian assumes final responsibility for the selection of materials. Materials shall be chosen by the Librarian alone and in cooperation with faculty, staff, and students.

Criteria for Selection

Materials selected for inclusion in the collection of the Wellspring Learning Community shall satisfy the following: Materials shall be chosen to enrich and support the curriculum and the educational, emotional, and recreational needs of the users.Materials shall meet high standards of quality in:
  • physical or electronic format, as appropriate
  • Treatment of subject
  • Accuracy and currency of information
  • Arrangement and organization
  • Literary style
Materials shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles, and social development of Wellspring Learning Community students. Materials shall represent differing viewpoints of controversial issues so that users may be motivated to engage in critical analysis of such issues, to explore their own beliefs, attitudes, and behavior, and to make intelligent judgments in their everyday lives. For further information on library selection policies in general, please see the following ALA documents:

Selection Tools

    The following professional resources are available to assist the Wellspring Learning Community in the selection process; however, selection is not limited to the use of these tools.

    • Reviewing Media:
      • Booklist
      • School Library Journal (UK)
      • CILIP Update
      • Voice of Youth Advocates
      • MultiCultural Review
      • Various books reviews from international newspaper and magazines
      • Bibliographies:
        • Baumbach, Donna J. & Linda L. Miller. Less Is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections. Chicago: ALA, 2006.
        • Best Books for Young Adults. 3rd ed. Koelling, Holly, ed. Chicago: ALA, 2007.
        • Gillespie, John T. & Barr, Catherine Best Books for High School Readers. Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
        • More Outstanding Books for the College Bound. Young Adult Library Services Association, ed. Chicago: ALA, 2006.
        • Pawuk, Michael. Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
        • Rochman, Hazel. Against BordersPromoting Books for a Multicultural World. Chicago: ALA, 1993.
        • Barber, Raymond W. & Bartell, Patrice. Senior High School Library Catalog. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 2007.
        • Professional Collection

          In order to serve the needs of Wellspring Learning Community faculty and staff and other members of our community, Wellspring Learning Community Library maintains a small professional collection of materials relating to the fields of library science and professional development.

          The Librarian selects titles appropriate for a core journal collection of interest and use to educators, administrators, and staff. In addition, key monographs in a few subject areas are acquired through selection or as donations. These materials shall be subject to the selection criteria described above.

          College and Career Collection

            The Library maintains a core reference collection consisting of Peterson's Guide to Four-Year CollegesUCAS Handbook, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and a few other reference and circulating titles. The library provides a larger collection of college and career guides, including standardized test preparation materials such as SAT guides and university prospectuses.

            Online Information Policy

              • In keeping with our role as a source of information, the Library provides internet access to information beyond the confines of our collection. The internet affords us an exciting opportunity to have immediate access to timely and comprehensive information as well as a wide variety of primary sources. Providing connections to global information services and networks outside the library is different from selecting and purchasing materials for the library collection. The internet changes rapidly, frequently, and unpredictably.
              • As the vast amount of information on the internet is generated outside the library, the library cannot be responsible for accuracy, authenticity, currency, availability, or completeness of information. We cannot insure that internet communications are secure or private.
              • Because of the library's limitations, the user is responsible for using discretion when considering the quality of material, questioning the validity of information, and choosing what is individually appropriate.
              • Through our required computer literacy curriculum, we provide students with guidelines for evaluating web sites and search strategies for finding the most appropriate information from the web. In addition, as students visit our library to conduct research on the internet, we informally train them in how to use the internet in a responsible and discriminating manner through ATL sessions (Approaches to Learning) and designated library induction sessions at the start of each term.
              • We also provide guidance to web resources through our web search tools and resources list as written by the ICT department
              • In the Wellspring Learning Community Library setting, the internet is a resource which provides timely access to students' information needs. Unfortunately, limited computer resources do not permit the library to support all types of internet and computer usage. Therefore, in order to best allocate these finite resources, student use of the library's computers will be limited in the following ways:
                • Academic use will always have priority over recreational use.
                • Game playing and other disruptive computer usage as determined by library staff are not permitted.
                • Printing privileges are restricted to academic use. Exceptions to this policy will be made at the discretion of the Librarian.
                • Students must be supervised at all times by either the  or a teacher whilst using computers (online or offline).
                • All the above is relevant to tablet or handheld computers including smartphones. 

                For further information on Electronic Information Policy, please see the following ALA policy statements:


                  • The library's non-print collection consists primarily of DVDs, but also includes electronic reference sources, ebooks, and some audio materials.
                  • The library does not collect music CDs or other forms of digital music. The library also does not support an audio book collection.

                  III. Gifts/Donations

                  Wellspring Learning Community Library welcomes donations of any resource. These resources shall be subject to the same criteria as those obtained through the regular selection process. Materials not chosen for inclusion in the library collection shall be sent to the Human Resources department, where they shall be made available in the Library book sale.

                  IV. Weeding


                  • Wellspring Learning Community Library recognizes the importance of maintaining a collection of current, appropriate, and useful materials. Therefore, a periodic evaluation of the collection will be performed in order to remove or replace materials which are no longer useful. The following guidelines have been developed to aid in the weeding process; however, the final decision concerning the removal or replacement of material rests with the Wellspring Learning Community.


                    Weeding by Appearance

                      • Worn-out volumes: dirty, brittle, yellow pages; missing pages; tattered covers; etc.
                      • Badly bound volumes: soft, pulpy paper and/or shoddy binding
                      • Badly printed works
                      • Books of antiquated appearance which might discourage use
                      • Audio-visual materials with missing or broken pieces

                      Weeding of Superfluous or Duplicate Volumes

                        • Unneeded duplicate titles
                        • Older editions
                        • Highly specialized books (when library holds more general or up-to-date volumes on the same subject)
                        • Books on subjects of little interest to the local community
                        • Books which no longer relate to the curriculum (if specialized)

                        Weeding Based on Poor Content

                          • Information is dated
                          • Information is inaccurate
                          • Stereotypes are present
                          • Book is poorly written

                          Weeding According to Use

                            • Nonfiction: Book has not been checked out within last 10 years
                            • Fiction: Book has not been checked out within last 5 years (classics excluded)

                            Categories of Books which may be quickly outdated:

                              • 000s: computer
                              • 100s: psychology (especially popular literature)
                              • 300s: college & career materials
                              • 400s: grammars with dated examples and/or illustrations
                              • 500s: astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology
                              • 600s: electronics, engineering, health, technology
                              • 900s: popular biographies

                              Categories of Books which are not quickly outdated:

                                • dictionaries
                                • biographical sources
                                • literary criticism
                                • classics of literature
                                • foreign language literature
                                • art books
                                • local history/geography
                                • books providing general principles of a subject or discipline

                                V. Reconsideration of Materials 

                                Statement of Policy

                                • Wellspring Learning Community Library aims to promote and encourage reading at all times.
                                • Wellspring Learning Community Library subscribes in principle to the philosophy expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and its supporting documents, and the American Association of School Libraries Bill of Rights for School Library Media Programs. Copies of these documents are appended to and made a part of this policy.

                                • Resources (namely books) are issued to students under the discretion, experience, expertise and judgement of the Librarian and that the said resource is suitable and beneficial to the said student dependent on age, grade and reading level ability. It cannot be guaranteed that every resource available within Wellspring Learning Community is suitable for each Grade Level as not every resource within Wellspring Learning Community can be analysed fully for content, nor matched exactly to the appropriate grade.

                                • If students swap or loan resources between themselves and between different Grade levels then no responsibility can be taken from the Librarian if material is deemed to be unsuitable if the student or parent complain that resources were issued in-appropriately.

                                • All resources borrowed from the Library are logged on our Library Management System and records can be duplicated for said parties by contacting the Librarian. Our Library Management System (Destiny) is public access; henceforth parents can search our library database (via the Wellspring Library homepage) and notify the Librarian via email (librarystaff@wellspring.edu.lb) of all titles which are deemed unsuitable for their child if so required. The Librarian will then edit the students Destiny profile record so that these resources cannot be issued to the student. This procedure allows flexibility for all parties. Students should enjoy and be offered all books available within the library: one book which is unsuitable for one student might be suitable for others.

                                • There is and will remain a tangible difference between what resources are available throughout both libraries in both campuses.

                                • Wellspring Learning Community Library also recognizes that occasionally materials selected may be challenged or questioned, despite the care taken in selecting them. A procedure for processing and responding to criticism of approved material has been established and shall be followed. This procedure shall include a formal signed complaint of standard format and an appointed committee to reevaluate the material in question.

                                  Procedure for handling Challenged or Questioned Books and Materials

                                • Upon receiving a complaint, the Librarian shall hold a meeting with the patron making the complaint. The Principal/Director shall be notified and may be present at the conference.

                                • If the problem cannot be resolved in the meeting, the patron will be given further information on how to sustain their complaint. The patron will return the completed form to the Librarian, who will forward a copy to the Principal/Director of Wellspring Learning Community.

                                • The Librarian and the Principal/Director of Wellspring Learning Community will appoint a committee to review the complaint. The committee will review the complaint and make a written report and recommendation to the Principal/Director and the Librarian.

                                • Final disposition authority to keep or remove a book or other material rests with the Principal/Director of Wellspring Learning Community.

                                • A letter explaining the decision shall be sent to the complainant.

                                Supporting Documents

                                Partial list of sources consulted in preparing this policy:

                                • Adams, Helen R. Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
                                • Barber, Raymond W. & Bartell, Partice. Senior High Core Collection. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson, 2011.
                                • Gillespie, John T., and Barr, Catherine. Best Books for High School Readers. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.





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