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Policy: IFA
Selection of Instructional Material

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for selection of materials for classrooms and classroom libraries. Selection of materials purchased by the Converse Free Library, which operates as both the town’s and school’s library, follows the Collection Development Policy adopted by the Library Board.

School Selection of Textbooks and Classroom Collections
Materials for classrooms and classroom libraries shall be recommended by the appropriate professional personnel in consultation with administration. Textbooks must meet the goals of the curriculum and, wherever possible, must be acquired as part of a content team decision. Final decision on all material purchases shall rest with the School Board.

Student Access to Lyme Town Library Books and Materials
The Lyme School has a long-standing and unique relationship with Lyme’s town library, the Converse Free Library. The town library also serves as the school library and as a result Lyme students have access to library materials (which have been purchased by the library according to the library’s Collection Development Policy) via (1) temporary classroom collections of library materials (for example, books made available for specific units of study), (2) the “free choice” bookshelves located in the school lobby, and (3) regularly scheduled class library time. While the school library coordinator oversees the selection of books for temporary classroom collections and for the school lobby’s free choice shelves, the selection and purchase of those materials falls under the jurisdiction of the public library. Students’ choice of books from the library shelves during school time is governed by the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights (appended).

Objections to Materials
Objections to instructional materials or to library materials accessed by students during school time or on school grounds shall be reviewed in accordance with the following procedures. Note that objections to materials purchased by the school for classroom use need not involve town library personnel, whereas objections to library materials used by students (as outlined in Student Access to Lyme Town Library Books and Materials, above) would involve both school and library personnel.

All objections must be made in writing to the Principal (with a copy sent to the Superintendent), who will respond to the complaint within 10 days.

If objections remain, the Principal will appoint a review committee, which may include teachers, the town librarian, the school library coordinator, an administrator, and members of the community. Within a period of 30 days, the review committee shall:

read and examine the materials referred to in the objection;

evaluate the acceptability of the materials referred to in the objection by reading reviews and consulting other relevant resources;

evaluate the materials as a whole and not passages of the materials out of context;

meet to discuss the materials and to prepare a decision regarding the objection;

file a copy of the decision in the school and with the Superintendent;

provide an opportunity to appeal the decision to the Superintendent (within 10 days);

provide an opportunity to appeal the decision to the School Board (within 30 days).


Revised: November 1999
Revised: July 1998
Revised: June 18, 2009

ADOPTED: 16 January 1974
REVIEWED: 24 August 2000, July 2004
REVISED: July 1998, November 1999, June 18, 2009, December 17, 2009


Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for
information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide
their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the
interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the
community the library serves. Materials should not be
excluded because of the origin, background, or views of
those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information
presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.
Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of
partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of
their responsibility to provide information and
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups
concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and
free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or
abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms
available to the public they serve should make such facilities
available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or
affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948.
Amended February 2, 1961; June 28, 1967; and January 23, 1980,
inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996,
by the ALA Council.