Madison Board of Education Policy 6100.14.3 states:
The utilization of information and the enjoyment of literature are the core of the library media program. In striving to successfully integrate the two core functions of the library media center, students will use print and electronic media as sources of information to solve problems, perform research, satisfy intellectual curiosity, explore life needs, develop a life-long appreciation of reading and the ability to meet personal information needs.
The American Library Association states the library serves the information needs of a community, representing the range of human thought and experience. Although school libraries are curated for the audience that they have been designed to serve, they also reflect the range of readers, interests and topics to serve as a resource for students.
Upon the closing of a school in 2019, all Madison school libraries went through an extensive process of weeding and refining collections facilitated by a company Follett School Solutions that has expertise in curating school library collections. It is important to make available content and resources for a range of readers and interests. We use the following information in order to evaluate our collections:
Follett/Destiny reports: circulation, age of collection, diversity
Anecdotal evidence - kids reactions *most important evidence*
Condition / publication date / use (school library shelf is valuable real estate)
The State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services has funded a project to examine the diversification of collections under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library. In part, the project examines the importance of diverse collections for young adults.
We use materials like the Ad Fontas Media Bias charts to inform how information is presented with a range of perspectives and bias. Our students work on the development of critical thinking skills as well as the ability to examine alternate perspectives starting in Kindergarten. These skills and others are valued as the Madison Profile of a Graduate.
With such a wide spectrum of ideas and information available, it is inevitable that people will occasionally encounter resources they believe to be offensive or inappropriate. Madison Public Schools has Policy 6144.2 Reevaluation of Challenged Instructional Materials and Library Media Center Resources. This policy is readily available on the district website and outlines specific procedures for making a request that a book of material be reviewed, how the review will be conducted and how the results will be communicated
Our library collections are easily accessible online, our students have accounts to check out materials in the Destiny and Overdrive library catalogs. Current student circulation information is available to students and parents when they log in to those systems using their student ID as username and password.