Collection Management Plan

The Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Collection Management Plan provides guidelines for selection and retention of library materials in order to ensure that collections are timely, relevant, attractive, and meet the varied interests and needs of our community. The Library’s collections are routinely and systematically evaluated for retention, replacement or withdrawal based on criteria outlined in the following plan. In this plan, each area or category of the collection is defined by:

  1. A desired collection level.
  2. A description of the emphasis and development of the collection
  3. Retention/deselection criteria
  4. Format.
  5. Use of specialized selection tools.

Collection Philosophy

The Bud Werner Memorial Library seeks to make available a top-notch collection of books, audio and video recordings, periodicals and other library materials in a variety of formats, both print and digital, to meet the varied interests and needs of the members of our community.

Material is acquired to fulfill the library’s purpose of providing resources to assist in the pursuit of lifelong learning, personal enrichment, entertainment and practical, how to information. The Library strives to provide materials and information representing a wide variety of interests and viewpoints. Materials are not excluded because of the origin, background or views of those contributing to their creation.

The Library upholds the right of the individual to access information, even though the content may be controversial, unorthodox or unacceptable to others. The Bud Werner Memorial Library staff and Board of Trustees recognize and uphold the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements (see Appendix A).

Library materials are selected using a variety of resources and criteria; new materials are ordered, cataloged and shelved on an ongoing basis in order to keep collections fresh and up-to-date. The Library keeps abreast of shifts or trends in community demographics, interests and needs.

The collections are intended to provide broad coverage of general areas of knowledge for the user and are generally not scholarly in nature. Professional and highly technical materials are typically not included in the collection. Coordination of resources with other local and regional libraries, agencies and institutions is an integral part of materials selection.