Statement of Purpose
The Jefferson County Public Library at both Madison and Hanover, hereafter called the Library, strive to serve the Hanover, Madison, and surrounding Jefferson County, Indiana residents with up-to-date information and resources for the needs of the community. It is the policy of the Library to develop a superior collection of audio-visual materials with available financial resources. It is the policy of the Library not to use its collection to promote a particular cause or value set, but to allow the patron to utilize its materials to draw their own conclusions on important topics and issues. The Library upholds the following policies set forth by the American Library Association (click the links below to read the policies set for by the ALA):
Responsibility for the policy rests with the Library Board, library director, and staff who abide by the following procedures.
The 2008 population census figures report Jefferson County to number approximately 33,000 residents. 81 percent of adults age 25+ hold a high school diploma. 16.4 percent of adults age 25+ hold a four-year college degree. The per capita personal income of Jefferson County residents averages $27,646 and the median household income is $45,106.
Statistics taken from www.stats.indiana.edu/uspr/a/us_profile_frame.html
March 9, 2010.
These statistics present the Library with the challenge and expectation to provide services that will help populations at both the socioeconomic and educational levels shown.
Audio-Visual Collection Development Policy
Video and digital videodiscs (DVD)
· The Library’s goal is to provide a collection of instructional, educational, literature-based, foreign and feature based films.
· The Library video collections are not intended as a duplication of films that are readily available in the private sector. Some of the library’s films will be purchased for artistic and aesthetic merit, historical value, and popularity.
· The Library also strives to obtain materials that are not readily available in the private sector that will have use to a significant number of patrons.
· At the present time, the Library only collects film in DVD format. VHS purchasing was discontinued effective January 1, 2010.
· Entertainment Weekly
· Library Journal
· Specialized catalogs
· Online websites such as the Academy Awards, Variety, etc.
· Internet Movie Database
· Patron suggestions
· Appropriateness of the subject to the collection as determined by the collection development librarians
· Artistic merit and reputation of the performers
· Appropriateness to the interest and the skills of the intended user
· Availability from vendors
· Popularity and long-term public interest
· Non-fiction selection will be based upon areas of high demand by Library users: biographical, inspirational, scientific, general computer use, how-to, documentary, and health titles are some of the areas of patron interest.
Please note: The selection of DVD is done by a combination of the above selection criteria. No material will be selected by an individual category alone.
· DVD will be weeded by condition.
· DVD will be weeded by circulation usage.
· Weeding will take place twice per year or as needed.
· High demand items will be replaced.
· The Library’s goal is to provide music that is significant historically and of enduring popularity.
· The Library’s goal is to provide music across a *variety of different genres* to appeal to a broad range of users.
· As of January 1, 2010, the Library only collects material available in recorded CD format.
· Music DVDs are evaluated under the Video and digital videodisc (DVD) section of this policy.
· CDs are collected in the genres according to the chart provided below
Pop Rock Jazz Classical Country
World Soundtracks Broadway Instrumental Vocal
Gospel Christian Latin Hip-Hop/ R&B Folk
New Age Alternative Dance/ Electronica
· Entertainment Weekly
· Rolling Stone
· BBC Music Magazine
· Gramophone Magazine
· Award nominations (Grammy Awards, Country Music Awards, Billboard, etc.)
· ALA Basic Music Library
· Authority and competency of the producer
· Artistic merit
· Aesthetic value
· Technical quality
· Availability of vendor
Please note: The selection of music is done by a combination of the above selection criteria. No material will be selected by an individual category alone.
· Weeding will take place on an as-needed basis by appropriate Library personnel.
· Damaged CDs or those in poor condition will be removed as necessary.
· Lost or damaged CDs will be replaced if circulation figures warrant.
· Our goal is to provide a collection of instructional, educational, and quality literature* that *exists alongside our collection of both fiction and non-fiction material.
· Recorded books have become common in the United States. Most cars are equipped with either CD or MP3 players or can accommodate adaptations that allow these materials to function. The Library strives to provide materials for individuals who choose to listen to printed matter.
· These audiobooks are primarily used in homes, automobiles, and outdoors.
· Generally, only single copies are added due to expense. The audiobooks are able to be circulated between libraries.
· All areas of fiction are purchased to provide content that is both popular and classically recognizable.
· Non-fiction audiobooks are used primarily for recreational listening and information.
· As of January 1, 2010, the Library only collects audio materials in CD format and MP3 format. Other formats are evaluated on a cost analysis basis as well as suitability for both libraries.
· As of January 1, 2010, the Library only collects audio materials in unabridged formats as defined by patron preferences.
· Books on Tape
· Taped Editions
· Blackstone Audio
· Audio Editions
· Recorded Books
· Brilliance Audio
· Other sources based on title, value to the collection, and cost
· Artistic merit, popularity, and classical endurance
· Subject demand (particularly in non-fiction)
· Reader/ author recognition
· Customer request
Please note: The selection of recorded books is done by a combination of the above selection criteria. No material will be selected by an individual category alone.
· Abridged materials are removed from collection and replaced with unabridged materials where possible.
· Appropriate Library personnel will weed the audiobook collection on an as-needed basis.
· Materials are removed from the collection based on antiquated technologies, low circulation, or damage.