The Library Department of St. Catherine’s School endorses the American Library Association Bill of Rights and the American Association of School Librarians Bill of Rights which assert that the responsibility of a school library is as follows:
A. To provide materials and electronic access to resources that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and developmental levels of the students served.
B. To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
C. To provide a background of information that will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
D. To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical reading and thinking.
E. To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to the heritage of the United States.
F. To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection for and breadth of digital/electronic access appropriate to the users of the library.
All members of the Library Department contribute to the selection and acquisition of materials, which are based on a variety of professional journal articles and review sources as well as standard subject bibliographies (see Appendix B
). Recommendations and requests from students, faculty, and staff are considered for purchase provided corroboration via a positive review from a professional or authoritative source, inclusion in a standard subject bibliography, or otherwise satisfying the stated acquisition criteria.
The collection development policy was written in accordance with the school's mission statement and core values