Bibliography of Additional Resources

Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries


Intellectual Freedom Manual, 10th Edition

Garnar, Martin, and Trina Magi. Intellectual Freedom Manual. Tenth Edition. Chicago: ALA Editions. 2021
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Adams, Helen R. 1986. School Media Policy Development : A Practical Process for Small Districts. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited.

Adams, Helen R. 2008. Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Adams, Helen R. 2013. Protecting Intellectual Freedom and Privacy in Your School Library. Slm Hot Topics. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Baumbach, Donna J. and Linda L. Miller. 2006. Less is More: A Practical Guide to Weeding School Library Collections. Chicago: American Library Association.

Coatney, Sharon and Violet H. Harada, editors. 2017. The Many Faces of School Library Leadership 2nd edition. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Note: Chapter 5: “Intellectual Freedom: Leadership to Preserve Minors’ Rights” by Helen R. Adams and Christine Eldred.

Disher, Wayne. 2007. Crash Course in Collection Development. Crash Course Series. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.

Gregory, Vicki L. 2011. Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections : An Introduction. New York: Neal-Schuman.

Hoffmann, Frank W, and Richard J Wood. 2005. Library Collection Development Policies : Academic, Public, and Special Libraries. Good Policy, Good Practice, No. 1. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press.

Hoffmann, Frank W, and Richard J Wood. 2007. Library Collection Development Policies : School Libraries and Learning Resource Centers. Good Policy, Good Practice, No. 2. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press.

Johnson, Peggy. 2014. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. Third edition. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Lukenbill, W. Bernard. 2002. Collection Development for a New Century in the School Library Media Center. Greenwood Professional Guides in School Librarianship. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.

Mardis, Marcis A. 2016. The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices. Sixth edition. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Nye, Valerie and Kathy Barco. 2012. True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

Reichman, Henry, and American Library Association. 2001. Censorship and Selection : Issues and Answers for Schools. Third edition. Chicago: American Library Association.

Symons, Ann, and Charles Harmon. 1995. Protecting the Right to Read : A How-To-Do-It Manual for School and Public Librarians. How-To-Do-It Manuals for Librarians, No. 60. New York: Neal-Schuman.

Vnuk, Rebecca. 2015. The Weeding Handbook : A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide. Chicago: ALA Editions.


Home | Introduction
Why Do I Need a Policy? | Politics and Timing of Policy Creation | Selection Policies for Non-Public Institutions

Basic Components of a Selection Policy
Library Mission | Support for Intellectual Freedom | Objectives | Responsibility for Selection | Selection Criteria | Acquisitions Procedures | Special Collections | Selecting Controversial Materials | Gifts and Donations | Collection Maintenance and Weeding | Policy Revision | Reconsideration

Reconsideration Procedure
Guiding Principles | Statement of Policy | Informal Complaints | Request for Formal Reconsideration | Sample Reconsideration Form | Sample Letter to Complainant | Reconsideration Committees

Intellectual Freedom Core Documents | Challenge Support and Reporting Censorship | Bibliography of Additional Selection and Reconsideration Policy Resources

Updated January 2018 by ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom