The Collection Development Plan serves as a guide for the selection and retention of materials for the Wells County Public Library. The Collection Management Policy is designed to support the library’s mission statement.
Requirements for responsible use may be applied to certain materials and equipment.
- Materials are chosen to enhance the mission of the library and its chosen role in the community.
- Materials should offer opportunity and encouragement for
- Pursuing life-long education.
- Examining all sides of issues.
- Keeping abreast of new ideas.
- Becoming informed citizens of the community, the nation, and the world.
- Improving occupational performance.
- Using leisure time in the enjoyment and exploration of books and other library materials.
- Discovering and developing creative abilities.
- The library’s goal is to be an information and reference center rather than to establish a scholarly research center.
- The library is under no obligation to collect the complete works of any author, performer, or creator.
- Multiple copies of works may be obtained in order to fulfill requests within a reasonable time period.
Materials are selected in accordance with one or more of the following guidelines
- Artistic, literary, historic, or scientific merit.
- Availability of shelf space.
- Authority and competence of author, artist, producer, editor, or director.
- Availability of material.
- Awareness of significant new trends in literature, technology, and formats.
- Clarity and accuracy of information and presentation.
- Patron requests or anticipated popular demand.
- Favorable reviews.
- Format and durability.
- Practical usefulness.
- Price, in relation to total budget.
- Relationship to existing materials in collection.
- Relative importance in comparison with other materials available on the subject.
The following are representative of the many aids used for selection of materials
- Professional Journals: Billboard, Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Horn Book, Library Journal, New York Times Review of Books, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates
- Other: In addition, the following works may be consulted: Best Books for Children, Best Books for Young Adults, Children's Core Collection, general periodicals, Public Library Core Collection Nonfiction, Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers, trade journals, other authoritative subject bibliographies.
- Textbooks: Textbooks are selected when they meet the selection criteria and assist the library in fulfilling its roles. The library is under no obligation to purchase textbooks for curriculum support.
- Electronic Information Resources: Providing connections to global information services and networks is not the same as selecting and purchasing materials for a library collection. Determining the accuracy or authenticity of electronic information may present special problems. Some information accessed electronically may not meet a library’s selection or collection development policy. It is, therefore, left to each patron to determine what information is appropriate to their needs.
To support, encourage, and foster access to local talent, Wells County Public Library will maintain a Local Author Collection. The mission of the Local Author Collection is to continually improve library service to the public by providing free access to books by local authors, enriching the community with books and music created by local authors and musicians, and promoting individual achievements in authorship. This collection features donated books and music from local authors and artists.
Because these materials might be independently published or published by a small press, they are not typically reviewed in sources used by selectors for our library. Therefore, the Wells County Public Library is not applying the same collection development policy for these materials. Furthermore, the Library is not accepting responsibility for the content of the materials appearing in this collection. The library does not accept unpublished materials, unbound typescripts, eBooks, or other digital content in this collection.
Items included in the Local Author Collection must meet the following guidelines:
- At least one copy of the material must be donated to WCPL.
- Donated materials become property of WCPL and subject to WCPL’s collection management policy.
- Material content must be consistent with the library standards.
- Donated items which do not circulate regularly may be withdrawn from the collection as space dictates.
- Regardless of genre, all items in this collection will be labeled as “LOCAL” and include the name of the author or musician/band.
To donate materials for this collection, please complete the “Local Author Submission Form” and include it with the donated item(s).
- Obsolete or outdated.
- Worn beyond use.
- No longer circulating or used for reference purposes.
- One of many copies of a formerly popular title.
The library serves people from all walks of life with a variety of viewpoints and tastes. Materials are chosen to meet these diverse needs and are guided by this Collection Management Policy. The library will review the selection of a specific item upon the formal request of a patron. Patrons placing such a request must complete the “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials Form.” The library director will send a written reply within four weeks and will report to the Library Board.