In accordance with the Aquinas College Mission Statement, Library Resources Policy and the Australian School Library Association's Bill of Rights, we have a responsibility to provide opportunities and resources reflecting a dynamic, rich and diverse range of learning experiences from multiple perspectives. This will encourage critical thinking and help our students make informed decisions.
Therefore, at times, students may be exposed to materials which present information, ideas or attitudes which some members of the school community may consider to be controversial, inappropriate or offensive.
Objections to these resources are an important part of the democratic process and should be treated as legitimate avenues of communication in education. However, challenges must be considered on the understanding that no parents or carers have the right to determine learning or recreational matter for students other than their own.
To facilitate the hearing of potential objections and to guide appropriate action, the following procedure will enable different points of view to be clearly and openly expressed while preserving the principles of intellectual freedom and the professional responsibility and integrity of the school.
Library Request Consideration
Library Bill of Rights
The Role of the Collection
The collection is being developed to:
Whilst the bulk of the collection is in print format, audio, visual and electronic resources form an important part of it.
The Selection of the Collection
The selection of quality educational resources that support, extend and enrich the education of students, while providing good value for money, is an important aspect of the collection development process of any library. Acting on authority delegated by the Principal, the Teacher-Librarian has the responsibility for the professional co-ordination of the collection, as it is acknowledged that that person has the best knowledge of existing resources, the overall school curriculum and what is available from the publishers. Staff and students are invited to make suggestions for new purchases but suggested titles must meet selection objectives and criteria.
Selection is based on:
General Criteria for Selection
General selection criteria include
Physical Format & Technical Quality
Arrangement of Material
Specific Selection Criteria
Specific selection criteria for non-fiction including encyclopaedias, yearbooks, almanacs, dictionaries, thesauri, anthologies, atlases, handbooks, pamphlets, periodicals, journals and information books includes consideration of:
Organisation of Information