How does the Tillamook County Library choose materials?
The purpose of the Tillamook County Library materials selection policy is to guide librarians and to inform the public about the principles upon which selections are made.
A policy cannot replace the judgment of librarians, but stating goals and indicating boundaries will assist them in choosing from a vast array of available materials.
Anticipating the community's interests and needs, observing their responses to innovations, and acting quickly in response to these needs will serve as the underlying framework for materials selection and practices. Operating as good stewards of the public's tax dollars requires constant re-evaluation of current distribution and selection plans, as library staff imagines and implements alternative, cost-effective ways to provide services, aligning resources to demand.
Current selection practice includes building collections in Spanish in response to increasing public demand and demographic trends.
The primary purpose of the Tillamook County Library is to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all of the communities it serves. The library subscribes to the principle that the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society. To ensure free communication and the rights of the residents of Tillamook County to a broad range of ideas and concepts, the library endorses the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights
, the Freedom To Read Statement
and the Freedom to View Statement.
The American Library Association declares as a matter of firm principle that it is the responsibility of every library to have a clearly defined materials selection policy in written form which reflects the "Library Bill of Rights", and which is approved by the appropriate governing authority.
Challenged materials that meet the criteria for selection in the materials selection policy of the library should not be removed under any legal or extra-legal pressure. The "Library Bill of Rights" states in Article I, that "Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation" and in Article II, that "Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval." Freedom of expression is protected by the Constitution of the United States, but constitutionally protected expression is often separated from unprotected expression only by a fine and uncertain line. The Constitution requires a procedure designed to focus searchingly on challenged expression before it can be suppressed. An adversary hearing is a part of this procedure. Therefore, any attempt, be it legal or extra-legal, to regulate or suppress materials in libraries must be closely scrutinized to the end that protected expression is not abridged.