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Selection of Materials

Selection of Materials

The Following book selection policy was approved and adopted on July 11, 1973 by the Ascension Parish Library Board which assumes full responsibility for all legal action which may result from the implementation of any policies stated herein.

Responsibility for Materials Selection

The Ascension Parish Library Board adopts as part of its policy the following paragraphs from the library bill of rights:
  1. As a responsibility of library service, books and other materials should be chosen for values of interest, information and enlightenment of all people of the community. In no case should library materials be excluded because of race or nationality or the social, political, or religious view of the authors.
  2. Libraries should provide books and other materials presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times: no library materials should be proscribed or removed from libraries because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

American Library Association. "Library Bill of Rights." (Adopted June 18, 1948; amended February 2, 1961 and June 27, 1967 by the ALA Council)

Final responsibility for selection of books and library materials is and shall be vested in the Library Director. However, the librarian may delegate to such members of the staff as are qualified by reason of training, the authority to interpret and apply the policy in making day-to-day selections. Unusual problems will be referred to the Library Director for resolution. Any books and library materials so selected shall be held to be selected by the Board.

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