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Collection Development Policy, Procedures, and Plan

Policy

It is the policy of the Glen Ellyn Public Library to develop and maintain a superior collection of materials with available financial resources. Further, it is the policy of the Library not to use its collection to promote particular beliefs or views. Rather, through its collection the library provides material which members can examine freely and draw their own conclusions.

Responsibility for this policy rests with the Library Board of Trustees. Implementation of the policy is delegated by the Board to the Library Director and staff who shall abide by the following collection development procedures governing the selection, acquisition and weeding of library materials of all formats.

The Glen Ellyn Public Library upholds and promotes the American Library Association in the following statements.

  • Library Bill of Rights
  • Freedom to Read
  • Freedom to View

Procedures

  1. Library staff shall follow criteria for selection of materials for the library’s collections. The criteria are designed to make available a variety of materials that meet the educational, informational, cultural and recreational interests and needs of the residents of Glen Ellyn. The criteria include the following:
    • The value of the material to the library and the public, regardless of the personal taste of the selectors;
    • The variety of views on important, complicated and/or controversial questions, regardless of whether these views contain unpopular or unorthodox opinions;
    • The judgments of trained staff, experts and book reviewers;
  2. All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, shall be governed by this document.
  3. Recommendations for the purchase of library materials may be submitted by the general public to the library, which will base a decision to purchase upon the criteria herein.
  4. The Collection Development Policy and Procedures shall be reviewed at least every three years in order to respond to the changing needs of Glen Ellyn residents.

Adult Collection Development Plan

General Statements

The Adult Department Director has responsibility for the collection and will delegate collection management roles as needed.

All materials and electronic sources comprising the adult collection (“collection” in this document refers to the adult collection) will be selected with consideration for, but not limited to, the following aspects:

  • Interest to members
  • Popularity of the author
  • Authenticity of the information
  • Authority of the author or publisher
  • Physical features and format
  • Price
  • Currency of the material
  • Space to house the material

No title is excluded on the basis of moral, racial, religious, or political prejudice. Titles are selected, within the limitations of the budget, on the basis of critical consensus among recognized subject authorities. Qualitative standards include checking subject areas against standard bibliographic tools and recommended subject lists to be sure that the library is acquiring recommended materials.

Due to the vast number of titles published and the limits of the library’s budget, the Glen Ellyn Public Library cannot possibly purchase all materials published.

The library participates in LINC, an automation consortium of 8 public libraries in the RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System). Members are able to place their own reserves directly without contacting a staff member. Outside of the LINC system, the library also makes every attempt to Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials for our members from other owning libraries, at no charge for most materials.

In addition, the library is fortunate to be located in an area where there are 2 academic libraries nearby (College of DuPage and Wheaton College), where our residents have access to materials.

How Materials are Selected

Selection in all areas of the library will be focused on ordering materials to meet the needs of the Glen Ellyn Community.

Print Material Selection
Reviews and recommendations of materials are consulted before purchasing most materials. Sources consulted for objective reviews of reference materials include, but are not limited to: Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. Online sources are also consulted. Materials are also examined by library staff at conference exhibits and bookstores. Publishers’ ads and brochures are checked for new titles. Electronic selection lists provided by our vendors are used to bolster areas of the collection.

Member input will also be used to aid in the evaluation of the collection. Suggestions from members are encouraged and will be given due consideration. All titles considered for purchase must be of interest to the general high school or adult reader. Specific technical titles, textbooks (with some exceptions), and workbooks are generally not considered for purchase.

In most cases, the library will not purchase self-published material because it is not reviewed in established review sources, and because we are unable to order through our pre-approved book wholesalers. An exception for this may be made for Glen Ellyn local authors. Local authors are encouraged to donate their books to our Emerging Author Collection. (See Emerging Author Collection)

The library does not usually purchase spiral bound titles, and hardback binding is generally preferred if available for most collections.

When selecting magazines and newspapers, staff will give preference to titles of broad, general appeal over highly specialized or scholarly journals. Cost is also a determining factor.

Nonprint Material Selection
Selection sources of audiovisual materials will also include catalogs (Ingram Advance, Facets Media, Midwest Tapes, Recorded Books, Audio Editions, etc.), general interest newspapers, periodicals, and member requests. Appropriateness and expected long-term use will be deciding factors in selection.

The online database collection complements the “electronic branch” concept of library services. Factors in selection include reference value, availability of print equivalent, subscription cost, availability of remote access, and member demand. Priority items will be those products which provide a unique service, provide added value to their print equivalents, and products which are the equivalent of large paper collections.

Staff will make every opportunity to see demonstrations of potential databases at conferences or at other libraries, or to obtain trial subscriptions of potential databases, before purchasing. Catalogs from publishers and distributors and member recommendations will be used to identify new subscriptions of possible interest.

Methods of evaluation include comparisons to similar products, demonstrations, literature reviews, and peer consultation. Criteria may include:

  • Authority of contributors
  • Timeliness and accuracy
  • Quality and uniqueness of information
  • Target audience
  • Depth of coverage
  • Interface that encourages effective use
  • Price
  • Vendor reputation
  • Customer support
  • Advantage/availability over comparable print resource

Retention & Weeding

Retention and weeding in all areas of the library will be focused on retaining those materials and resources that meet the needs of the Glen Ellyn community.

Retention of print or electronic materials is based on the likelihood of a historical interest in the field, as well as the timeliness of a title and its informational content. Member demand and circulation statistics also have an impact on the retention or replacement of materials.

Weeding of print or electronic materials is done on an ongoing basis as needed. Weeding criteria for both print and electronic materials will be currency and demand for the subject matter. The physical condition of heavily used print materials will also be a consideration.

An essential consideration in retention of online database products is member use. A subscription database that does not show adequate use considering the cost of the product over a time period of a year or more will be replaced or removed.

Titles of newspapers and magazines are kept for varying lengths of time, depending on space. The Glen Ellyn News is kept on microfilm dating back to 1912.

Roles of the Collection

The collections of the Glen Ellyn Library serve the following purposes:

  • Education support for high school through adult learners
  • Popular materials center
  • Reference library

Education Support Center
The collection’s educational role is to support formal education from high school through adult independent learning. In addition, some material may be collected for members for whom English is a new language (ENL) as determined by the community’s changing demographics.

Selectors will bear in mind the needs of students, particularly recurring assignments, in developing the collections. However, high school and college textbooks will generally not be purchased. The library does keep a separate, non-circulating collection of textbooks provided by local schools. These are donated by the schools and the library requests updates as needed.

In order to meet the needs of adult independent learners, the print and electronic collections will provide a broad range of information in all subject areas. A basic selection of the principal works in each subject area and of classic fiction also will be maintained.

Interlibrary Loan service will be provided on request to supply most professional and academic level titles for which there is no general demand.

Popular Materials Center
Popular materials are those which are in demand by the community. Selectors will take into consideration demand as reflected by reserve/purchase requests and may consult community groups or subject experts regarding special needs for materials in specific subject areas.

Multiple copies will be purchased in various formats to meet member demand. After initial demand has passed, most duplicate copies will be removed from the collection, due to lack of space.

Reference Library
A general collection of print and electronic reference sources will be maintained. The combined print and electronic reference collection will cover all disciplines at a basic level. Most print reference sources are available for in-library use only. Most electronic resources are available 24/7 through gepl.org with a Glen Ellyn Library card.

Due to the nature of reference material, the reference collection cannot be comprehensive. More in-depth research materials can be found at the local academic libraries.

Print reference materials which are in high demand and require extended use may be duplicated in the circulating collection.

A small collection of local history materials is maintained as Reference material. In general, questions of this nature are referred to the Glen Ellyn Historical Society.

Specific Book Collections

Reference Collection
The availability of information on the Internet has increased our library’s access to timely information, necessitating a smaller more select print reference collection. This collection serves the general public; thus, we do not have extensive legal, tax or medical information appropriate for professionals practicing in these areas. The Reference Collection is continuously updated.

Emerging Authors Print Collection
The library wishes to support self-published authors whose works may not yet meet all of the criteria of our permanent collection. The library will establish an Emerging Author collection that will be subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Books will be accepted as donations from the author or publisher, and selected for inclusion in the Emerging Author collection by the librarian responsible for that genre or subject area. Authors must be residents of the greater Chicago metropolitan area or the book must take place in metro Chicago. Books will be included based on condition and perceived demand or interest by the Glen Ellyn community.
  2. Due to staffing and time constraints we are not able to meet with individual authors, nor notify authors if books are not accepted.
  3. Items will rotate out of the collection and may be withdrawn, depending on demand and established weeding criteria (see Retention and Weeding).
  4. All materials that are donated become the property of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and cannot be returned to the donor.
  5. Donations that are not accepted into the collection will be sent to the Friends of the Library for use in their book sales.

Fiction
The Fiction collection encompasses general fiction, mysteries, and science fiction. Well-reviewed titles are given a priority. The replacement of tattered copies of classic fiction is an ongoing expenditure. The majority of fiction purchases will be hardbound, but paperbound copies may be purchased as replacements. Every attempt is made to acquire and maintain books in a series written by a popular author. The number of copies purchased of popular fiction will be based on demand. Once an individual title is no longer in high demand the library will reduce the number of copies of that title.

Non-Fiction Circulating Collection
The non-fiction collection of the Glen Ellyn Public Library is classified in the Dewey Decimal System and uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. Additional copies of popular nonfiction will be purchased based on demand. Once an individual title is no longer in high demand, the library will reduce the number of copies of that title.

000 – Generalities
Areas of special emphasis include:
Computer science and the internet, journalism and publishing, readers’ advisory.The computer book collection will address the needs of home computer users. Some titles on older software applications are kept, but the bulk of this section is devoted to newer software titles that are currently in widespread use.100 – Philosophy and Psychology
Special emphasis will be placed on self-help materials and topics in demand for school assignments.200 – Religion
The collection will include a general overview of each of the major world religions. Mythologies of the world will be covered on a basic level.300 – Social Sciences
Areas of special emphasis in the social sciences include:
College guides/Test Prep; Finance/investment; Legal guides; True Crime.

Current information is crucial in most of these areas. Tax guides are kept for 7 years. Multiple copies are weeded after the current tax year.

400 – Language
The collection will include English grammar, usage, and etymological materials; a dictionary and grammar book for each major language; and materials meant for Members for whom English is a new language.

The English as a New Language (ENL) collection does include some textbooks and workbooks. This is a developing collection and will be periodically evaluated to insure that it meets the needs of the Glen Ellyn community.

500 – Science
This collection will include books on natural history, mathematics and pure sciences for the layperson.

An emphasis is placed on materials for students, high school through basic college. This is another area where the library does purchase some textbooks, since they are frequently the best source for well-written overviews on physics, mathematics, astronomy, etc.

600 – Applied Science and Technology
Areas of special emphasis in the 600s include:
Health/specific diseases; gardening; cooking (including special diets and ethnic cuisines); business/jobs; parenting; home construction projects.

The subject area of medicine will consist of lay level books on specific diseases, systems of the body, and health encyclopedias.

700 – Arts
Areas of special emphasis in the arts include:
Hobbies and Crafts; Interior design and home decoration; Architecture; Performing Arts; Sports.

800 – Literature
The collection will cover world literature on a basic level. Special emphasis will be placed on the following:
Shakespeare plays and criticism; Drama; Criticism of works and authors; Poetry; Essays; Humor.

910-919 – Travel
This collection will cover all areas of the world, with emphasis on major international and United States cities. Multiple copies of popular travel guides will be purchased.

900 – History, Biography
Special consideration is made to balance the needs of students as well as the interests of those who simply enjoy reading history. The collection includes books on local history as well as basic books on genealogy.

Biographies
Biographies commonly found at the classification number 920 will be separated out into their own section. Biographies and autobiographies of single individuals are here, with the exception of sports celebrities and artists, which will be found in the 700s. Biographies about more than one person are usually classified in the most appropriate Dewey area. The titles are classified by the name of the subject of the book.

Large Print
Large Print titles are usually duplicates of popular interest titles held in the other collections, both fiction and non-fiction.

Adult Mass Market Paperbacks
The mass market paperback collection is meant as a non-comprehensive, rotating collection of current, popular interest titles, including genre fiction. Only fiction will be purchased in mass market paperback format. Tattered copies with high circulation will be replaced.

Graphic Novels
The Graphic Novel collection consists of fiction and nonfiction titles in pictorial form using text and sequential art to tell the story. Preference is given to hardcover titles, although paperbacks will be purchased when that is the only available format. Selection criteria are the same as above but also include the quality of graphics.

Young Adult/Teens
The library will maintain a collection of fiction which appeals primarily to young people of high school age. The collection will include some classics commonly read in high school but will be primarily a browsing collection of popular materials for this age group. Every effort will be made to acquire books on local school reading lists. When appropriate, books will be purchased in paperback format.

Newspapers and Magazines
The Newspapers and Magazine collection consists of approximately 250 titles, including reference serials. The collection includes popular titles in a broad range of subject areas.

Databases and Electronic Resources
The electronic collection will reflect the academic needs of students at the junior high level through college, as well as the reference needs of the general public.

When feasible, electronic sources are made available from remote locations as well as inside the library.

Audiovisual Materials and Resources
The library will continue to expand its collection of audiovisual formats. As new technologies emerge, older formats will be phased out, depending on member demand. Shelving and storage options also have an impact on these collections.

DVDs
The video collection currently contains feature film titles, television series and informational recordings in DVD format. Included is a varied selection of new titles, classics and foreign films. Informational titles cover all areas of the Dewey Classification System.

Books on Compact Disc
This collection includes unabridged spoken word recordings of contemporary and classic fiction titles on CD. Nonfiction titles are also purchased covering a range of subjects including language instruction, self-help and current best sellers.

Music Compact Discs
The library purchases both classical and popular music. Titles are chosen by the selector who reviews the collection for gaps in the classical music repertoire and keeps abreast of current lists of top selling popular music. The library neither removes manufacturers’ listening warnings nor creates additional advisory labels.

Playaways
This collection includes unabridged spoken word recordings of contemporary fiction titles on lightweight, preloaded players. Nonfiction titles are also purchased including language instruction, and biographies.

Video Games
This collection includes video games with the target audience of teens or adults. Video games for the most popular gaming platforms are considered for purchase. As new gaming platforms become available, the library will determine if additional platforms may be added to the collection.

Downloadable Materials
Through participation in consortia and purchased databases, the library offers Glen Ellyn card holders the ability to download a variety of materials that can be viewed, read or listened to on computers and wireless devices. Titles of downloadable materials vary according to publisher and provider.

Emerging Authors Electronic Collection
Through participation in purchased databases, the library offers local authors the ability to upload their works, making them available for download by Glen Ellyn Public Library card holders.

Youth Collection Development Plan

General Statements

The Youth Department Director has responsibility for the collection and delegates collection management roles as needed.

The Youth Department of the Glen Ellyn Public Library serves children from birth through eighth grade, their caregivers, and any persons who have a need for juvenile items. The Youth Department strives to meet the informational and recreational needs of this group.

All materials and electronic sources comprising the Youth collection (“collection” in this document refers to the Youth collection) are selected with consideration for, but not limited to, the following aspects:

  • Interest to members
  • Popularity of the author
  • Authenticity of the information
  • Authority of the author or publisher
  • Physical features and format
  • Price
  • Currency of the material
  • Space to house the material

No title is excluded on the basis of moral, racial, religious, or political prejudice. Titles are selected, within the limitations of the budget, on the basis of critical consensus among recognized subject authorities. Qualitative standards include checking subject areas against standard bibliographic tools and recommended subject lists to be sure that the Library is acquiring recommended materials.

Due to the vast number of titles published and the limits of the library’s space and budget, the Glen Ellyn Public Library cannot possibly purchase all materials published.

The library participates in LINC, an automation consortium of 9 public libraries in RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System). Members are able to place their own reserves directly without contacting a staff member. Outside of the LINC system, the library also makes every attempt to Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials for our members from other owning libraries, at no charge for most materials.

How Youth Materials are Selected

Selection in all areas of the Youth Department will be focused on ordering materials to meet the needs of the Glen Ellyn community.

Reviews and recommendations of materials are consulted before purchasing most materials. Sources consulted for objective reviews of reference materials may include but are not limited to: School Library Journal, Booklist, Book Links, and Publisher’s Weekly. Online sources are also consulted. Materials are also examined by library staff at conference exhibits and bookstores. Publishers’ ads and brochures are checked for new titles. Electronic selection lists provided by our vendors are used to bolster areas of the collection.

The Youth Department purchases multiple copies and multiple formats of the annual winners of the Newbery and Caldecott awards, as well as the annual nominees for Illinois Rebecca Caudill, Bluestem and Monarch awards, due to high demand for these items. Although curriculum-related items may be purchased in accordance with the collection development criteria, items are not specifically purchased for an individual school’s program or curriculum.

Member input is used to aid in the evaluation of the collection. Suggestions from Members are encouraged and are given due consideration.

In most cases, the library will not purchase self-published material because it is not reviewed in established review sources, and because we are unable to order through our pre-approved book wholesalers. An exception for this may be made for Glen Ellyn local authors. Local authors are encouraged to donate their books to our Emerging Author Collection. (See Emerging Author Collection)

The library does not usually purchase spiral bound titles, and hardback binding is generally preferred if available.

Retention & Weeding

Retention and weeding in all areas of the Youth Department will be focused on retaining those materials and resources that meet the needs of the Glen Ellyn community.

Retention of print or electronic materials is based on the likelihood of a historical interest in the field, as well as the timeliness of a title or subscription and its informational content. Member demand and circulation statistics also have an impact on the retention or replacement of materials.

Weeding of print or electronic materials is done on an ongoing basis as needed. Weeding criteria for both print and electronic materials will be currency and demand for the subject matter. The physical condition of heavily used print materials will also be a consideration.

An essential consideration in retention of online database products is member use. A subscription database that does not show substantial use considering the cost of the product over a time period of a year or more will be replaced or removed.

Titles of magazines are kept for varying lengths of time, depending on space.

Roles of the Youth Collection

The collections of the Youth Collection of Glen Ellyn Library serve the following purposes:

  • Education support
  • Popular materials center
  • Reference library

Education Support Center
The collection’s educational role is to support formal education through eighth grade. In addition, material is collected in our Parent/Teacher section for adults seeking information on parenting topics or school curriculum topics.

Selectors bear in mind the needs of students, particularly recurring assignments, in developing the collections. The library does keep a separate, non-circulating collection of textbooks provided by local schools. These are donated by the schools and the library requests updates as needed.

Popular Materials Center
Popular materials are those which are in demand by the community. Selectors take into consideration demand as reflected by award lists, reserve/purchase requests and may consult community groups or subject experts regarding special needs for materials in specific subject areas.

Multiple copies and multiple formats are purchased to meet Member demand. After initial demand has passed, most duplicate copies are removed from the collection, due to lack of space.

Reference Library
A general collection of reference material for use only inside the library is maintained for recurring, high-demand questions. The library provides electronic access to information which is most easily searched in that format. More in-depth research materials can be found locally at the local academic libraries.

Reference materials which are in high demand and require extended use may be transferred to the circulating collection.

A small collection of local history materials is maintained as Reference material. In general, questions of this nature are referred to the Glen Ellyn Historical Society.

Youth Book Collections

Reference Collection
The availability of information on the Internet has increased our library’s access to timely information, necessitating a smaller and higher quality reference book collection. This collection includes general encyclopedias as well as high-demand research topics. The Reference Collection is continuously updated.


Emerging Authors Print Collection
The library wishes to support self-published authors whose works may not yet meet all of the criteria of our permanent collection. The library will establish an Emerging Author collection that will be subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Books will be accepted as donations from the author or publisher, and selected for inclusion in the Emerging Author collection by the librarian responsible for that genre or subject area. Authors must be residents of the greater Chicago metropolitan area or the book must take place in metro Chicago. Books will be included based on condition and perceived demand or interest by the Glen Ellyn community.
  2. Due to staffing and time constraints we are not able to meet with individual authors, nor notify authors if books are not accepted.
  3. Items will rotate out of the collection and may be withdrawn, depending on demand and established weeding criteria (see Retention and Weeding).
  4. All materials that are donated become the property of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and cannot be returned to the donor.
  5. Donations that are not accepted into the collection will be sent to the Friends of the Library for use in their book sales.

Non-Fiction Circulating Collection
The non-fiction collection of the Glen Ellyn Public Library is classified in the Dewey Decimal System and uses Library of Congress Subject Headings. The collection is predominantly a print collection although non-fiction audiovisual formats are classified with Dewey numbers. The Youth Department strives to provide a wide range of reading levels throughout the collection.

Once an individual title is no longer popular the library will reduce the copies of that title.

000 – Generalities
Common subjects include computers, world records, unidentified flying objects and ancient mysteries.100 – Philosophy and Psychology
Common subjects include Salem Witch Trials, optical illusions, feelings, character education and self-esteem.200 – Religion
Common subjects include a general overview of each of the major world religions, as well as mythologies of the world and Christian entertainment media such as VeggieTales.300 – Social Sciences
Common subjects include family issues, social issues, environmental issues, government, military, holidays, folktales and fairy tales. Youth Services maintains a large collection of folktales and fairy tales representing a wide range of cultural traditions.

400 – Language
Common subjects include English grammar, sign language, dictionaries and foreign language instructional as well as recreational reading material. The foreign language collection evolves to meet the changing needs of our residents.

500 – Science
Common subjects include science experiments, natural sciences, dinosaurs, mathematics, pure sciences, biomes, botany and animals for the student.

600 – Applied Science and Technology
Common subjects include toilet training, human body, machinery, space flight, farming, pets, cookery and architecture.

700 – Arts
Common subjects include art, crafts, performing arts, riddles, games and sports.

800 – Literature
Common subjects include poetry, children’s literature collections and plays.

900 – History and Geography
Common subjects include pirates, explorers, saints, atlases, countries, ancient civilizations, history and Native Americans.

Biographies
Biographies and autobiographies of single individuals are here, while collective biographies are found in the 900’s or in the appropriate Dewey area for their topic.

Parent / Teacher
Parent/Teacher material is written at an adult level and covers parenting topics and school curriculum topics. Common subjects include children’s literacy and child-rearing. There is some intentional duplication of material also found in Adult Services.

Picture Books
Picture books include fiction and concept books usually intended for an adult to read to a child from infant to age 8. The picture book collection is organized into categories and sub-categories to allow for easy browsing by both children and adults. Holiday picture books are stickered with holiday stickers and shelved in the Juvenile Holiday collection, rather the picture book collection. The books in this section must be durable because of their audience, so library binding hardbacks are preferred. However, the library purchases current, popular material, such as favorite character picture books or television and movie tie-ins, which may be in paperback binding. Picture books which are on the annual Monarch nominee list are purchased in paperback, if available, to meet increased demand.

Board Books
Board books are sturdy concept books designed to be handled by infants and toddlers. The size of the book and the durability of any moving parts are important purchase considerations.

Early Readers
Early reader books are written for beginning to emergent readers below third grade reading level. The early reader collection is organized into five levels with colored stickers on the spine indicating the level of the book. Each book is read prior to processing to determine the level. The level is chosen based on various criteria, including number of words per page, sentence structure, illustrative support, and vocabulary. Hardcover bindings are preferred, although the library purchases current, popular material, such as movie tie-ins written at this level, whether in paperback or hardcover binding. We also purchase boxed sets of small paperbacks, which are designed to circulate as one packaged unit. Holiday early readers are stickered with holiday stickers and shelved in the Juvenile Holiday collection, rather the Early Readers. Early reader books which are on the annual Monarch nominee list are purchased in paperback, if available, to meet increased demand.

Fiction
Fiction contains books written for second through fifth grade readers, which comprises a wide range of reading levels and content. Genre labels assist members in finding books to suit their needs. In addition, transitional chapter books which are at a second or third grade reading level have an “owl” spine label. We rely on professional reviews to determine whether a title is appropriate for juvenile fiction, or is better suited in early readers or middle school fiction. The Youth Department does not keep a comprehensive collection of series if the circulation rates do not justify. Fiction books which are on the annual Bluestem or Rebecca Caudill nominee lists are purchased in paperback, if available, to meet increased demand.

Paperbacks
Paperbacks provide an economical way to supply current, popular interest titles and multiple copies of high-demand titles for second through fifth grade readers. Criteria and judgements that apply to fiction selection also apply to the purchase of paperbacks.

Middle School Fiction
Middle School Fiction contains books written for sixth through eighth grade readers, which comprises a wide range of reading levels and content. Books in this collection are identified with a colored overlay sticker on the spine. Genre labels assist members in finding books to suit their needs. Hardcover bindings are preferred, but paperback titles are purchased when hardcover is not available. We rely on professional reviews to determine whether a title is appropriate for middle school fiction, or is better suited in juvenile fiction or the YA collections. The Youth Department does not keep a comprehensive collection of series if the circulation rates do not justify. Middle School fiction books which are on the annual Rebecca Caudill nominee list are purchased in paperback, if available, to meet increased demand.

Graphic Novels
The Graphic Novel collection consists of fiction and nonfiction titles in pictorial form using text and sequential art to tell the story. Preference is given to hardcover titles, although paperbacks will be purchased when that is the only available format. Selection criteria are the same as above but also include the quality of graphics.

Magazine Collection
The magazine collection consists of approximately 30 titles. The collection is intended to include educational popular titles in a broad range of subject areas for preschool through eighth grade. The majority of the titles are at the elementary school level. There is no duplication between Youth, YA, and Adult titles.

Youth Databases and Electronic Resources
The online database collection complements the “electronic branch” concept of library services for members through eighth grade. Factors in selection include reference value, literary value, subscription cost, availability of remote access, and member demand. Youth electronic resources must be available from remote locations as well as inside the library.

Staff makes every opportunity to see demonstrations of potential databases at conferences or at other libraries, or to obtain trial subscriptions of potential databases, before purchasing. Catalogs from publishers and distributors and member recommendations will be used to identify new titles of possible interest.

Methods of evaluation include comparisons to similar products, demonstrations, literature reviews, and peer consultation. Criteria may include:

  • Authority of contributors
  • Timeliness and accuracy
  • Quality of presentation in this format
  • Target audience
  • Depth of coverage
  • Interface that encourages effective use
  • Price
  • Vendor reputation
  • Customer support

Youth Audiovisual Collection
The library continues to expand its collection of audiovisual formats. Appropriateness and expected long-term use are the deciding factors in selection. As new technologies emerge, older formats will be phased out, depending on Member demand. Shelving and storage options also have an impact on this collection.

DVDs
The youth “visual” collection currently contains feature film titles, children’s television shows and informational recordings in DVD format. Informational titles cover all areas of the Dewey Classification System. The Youth collection includes PG rated titles.

Spoken word compact discs (Audio Books)
Spoken word recordings are available on CD. The emphasis is on popular fiction, with picture book and early reader audio purchased less frequently. Non-fiction mainly includes language instruction. The library generally purchases only unabridged editions.

Music
Popular children’s music is available on CD. Local entertainers are supported whenever possible, and member suggestions are encouraged.

Playaways
This collection includes unabridged spoken word recordings of contemporary juvenile fiction titles on lightweight, preloaded players. Nonfiction titles, including biographies, are also purchased.

Playaway Views
This collection includes animated and live-action visual and movie content on lightweight, preloaded video players. Nonfiction titles, including biographies and language instruction, are also included.

Video Games
This collection includes video games with the target audience of children and families. Video games with the target audience of teen or adult will be cataloged in the Adult Video Game collection. Video games for the most popular gaming platforms are considered for purchase. As new gaming platforms become available, the library will determine if additional platforms may be added to the collection.

Emerging Authors Electronic Collection
Through participation in purchased databases, the library offers local authors the ability to upload their works, making them available for download by Glen Ellyn Public Library card holders.

Youth Non-Book Collection
Play Packs
Playpacks are circulating sets of toys designed around high interest themes and developmentally appropriate concepts. Play Packs are for a target audience of birth through age 5; however, these play packs may be appropriate for older children. Items found within a Play Pack include, but are not limited to puppets, puzzles, games, and pretend play sets. Customer reviews, durability, toy awards, safety standards, and manufacturer quality will be used to guide purchasing of toys. New themes may be added to the Play Pack collection as circulation, space, and demand allows.

Puppets
This collection includes soft toy puppets. Types of circulating puppets include but are not limited to animals, storybook characters, fantasy characters, and community helpers. Each puppet or group of puppets is circulated in a plastic bag, which allow for easy transport. New puppets may be added to the Puppet collection as circulation, space, and demand allows.

Revised: 06/16