Regulation 3200

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Objectives for Selection of Supplementary Materials

The procurement of materials shall be accomplished in accordance with law, including the First Amendment of the United States Constitution; board educational goals; board purchasing and accounting policies; and established selection guidelines, including the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. The objectives for the selection of supplementary materials are as follows:

  1. to provide materials, consistent with the general educational goals of the district, that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the individual needs, varied interests, abilities, learning styles, socio-economic backgrounds and maturity levels of the pupils served;
  2. to provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards;
  3. to provide a background of information that will enable students to make intelligent judgments;
  4. to provide materials representing various points of view, including those considered to be controversial, so that students, as young citizens, may develop, under guidance, the skills of critical thinking and critical analysis and the ability to make informed judgments in their daily lives;
  5. to provide information to help students comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in our society;
  6. to provide material representative of the many religious, ethnic and cultural groups in our nation and the contributions of these groups to our American heritage; and
  7. to place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of material of the highest quality in order to ensure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the media center.

Process for Selecting Supplementary Materials

In selecting or recommending supplementary materials the media advisory committee, whether at the district or school level, shall:

  1. evaluate the existing collection to assess (a) the quality and amount of current materials in the collection, (b) the need to remove materials no longer appropriate, and (c) the need to replace lost and worn materials still of educational value;
  2. assess the available resources and curriculum needs of the school or district;
  3. consult reputable, unbiased professionally prepared selection aids;
  4. consult appropriate school personnel from all relevant departments and grade levels; and
  5. examine materials, considering the following criteria:
  • educational significance;
  • subject matter’s contribution to the curriculum and to the interests of the students
  • favorable reviews found in standard selection sources;
  • favorable recommendations based on preview and examination of materials by professional personnel;
  • reputation and significance of the author, producer and publisher;
  • accuracy, currency, clarity and appropriateness of material;
  • material’s contribution to the breadth and variety of representative viewpoints;
  • high degree of potential user appeal;
  • high artistic quality and/or literary style;
  • quality and variety of format;
  • price and value commensurate with cost and/or need;
  • timeliness or permanence; and
  • requests from faculty and students.

Legal References: U.S. Const. amend. I; N.C. Const. art. I, §14; G.S. 115C-45, -47, -81, -98, -101; Impact: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs, North Carolina Department of Instruction, (2005), IMPACT.pdf; The Library Bill of Rights, The American Library Association, (1996),

Adopted: November 26, 2007

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