"The mission, goals, and objectives of libraries cannot authorize librarians or library governing bodies to assume, abrogate, or overrule the rights and responsibilities of parents and guardians. As Libraries: An American Value states, 'We affirm the responsibility and the right of all parents and guardians to guide their own children's use of the library and its resources and services.' Librarians and library governing bodies cannot assume the role of parents or the functions of parental authority in the private relationship between parent and child.  Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that only parents and guardians have the right and the responsibility to determine their children's—and only their children’s—access to library resources.  Parents and guardians who do not want their children to have access to specific library services, materials, or facilities should so advise their children."
    The above was taken from the American Library Association's Free Access to Libraries for Minors: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.  If you would like to read the whole article go to the following web address:



    Following is the LCPS Library Media Center Instructional Materials Selection Policy taken from the Loudoun County Public Schools Policies and Regulations Manual


    §5-7 Selection and Review of Library Media Center Instructional Materials
    A. General

    This regulation supplements Policy §5-7 by providing methods and procedures

    for the selection, review, and handling of complaints of instructional materials.
    B. Selection of Materials

    Instructional materials shall be selected in accordance with the following

    procedures and guidelines:

    1. Library media center materials shall be selected by the library media

    specialist of each school in consultation with the principal or designee,

    appropriate teachers, and other specialized personnel if available. Final

    recommendations for purchase shall be made by the library media

    specialist and approved by the principal or designee.

    2. Division media center materials shall be purchased by the Media

    Supervisor based upon recommendations of school-level previewers or

    appropriate administrative/supervisory personnel.
    3. Textbook adoptions shall be recommended by review committees

    appointed by the Deputy Superintendent. State guidelines for adoption of

    textbooks shall be followed. Recommendations of review committees

    shall be approved and submitted to the School Board by the Deputy


    4. Other instructional materials shall be selected cooperatively by

    appropriate subject or grade-level teaching personnel, library media

    specialists, guidance personnel, and administrative personnel.

    5. Parents and students may be involved in the selection process when

    appropriate and useful.
    6. Selection objectives shall be:

    a. To provide materials that will support and enrich the curriculum

    and the needs of students, taking into consideration their varied

    interests, abilities, maturity levels, and learning styles

    b. To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual

    knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical


    c. To provide materials that will help students extend the boundaries

    of their knowledge and experience, pursue self-directed learning,

    explore and satisfy their curiosities and interests, and find

    employment in the rich stores of the imaginative expressions of

    creative artists

    d. To provide a background of information that will enable students to

    make intelligent decisions in their daily lives

    e. To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues in

    order that students may develop under guidance the practice of

    critical reading, viewing, listening, and thinking

    f. To provide materials that realistically represents our pluralistic

    society and reflects the contributions made by various groups and

    individuals to our American heritage

    g. To place principle above personal opinion and reason above

    prejudice to assure a comprehensive media collection of high

    quality appropriate for the students who use it
    7. Criteria for selection. Building a balanced collection requires careful
    planning and attention to the following criteria for selection:
    a. Specific needs of the present collection
    b. Contribution to objectives of the instructional program
    c. Timeliness, permanence, and importance of the subject matter

    d. Appropriateness, accuracy, and authenticity of the content and the

    reputation and significance of the author, artist, composer,

    producer, and publisher

    e. Authoritativeness, accuracy, and authenticity of the content and

    the reputation and significance of the author, artist, composer,

    producer, and publisher
    f. Presentation, style, and clarity of content

    g. Motivational value of materials in terms of attractiveness, vitality,

    style, and interest to users
    h. Lack of racial, sex, and age bias

    i. Recency and relevance of materials and treatment of possible

    controversial issues
    j. Technical quality of the medium
    k. Suitability of the medium for intended use

    l. Availability and compatibility of equipment needed for use with

    m. Cost and value of materials

    n. State, regional, and national standards

Last Modified on December 12, 2019