Selection Criteria

Each title is selected on its own merit and the needs of the audience for whom it is intended. Selection is made primarily on the basis of book reviews and other professional tools. Major selection tools for the Ketchikan Public Library include Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kliatt and Video Librarian. Patron requests are given strong consideration. Publishers or dealer’s catalogs and “bestseller” lists are also are used for selection. No single standard exists which can be applied in all acquisition decisions. Some materials must be judged primarily on their artistic merit, some on their scholarship, some on their value as human documents; others are needed to satisfy recreational and entertainment needs. Each needs to be considered in terms of the audience for whom it is intended. General criteria considered in evaluation and reevaluation of materials for the Ketchikan Public Library include:

  • Funds and space
  • Popular interest and usefulness
  • Authority, effectiveness and timeliness
  • Attention of reviewers, critics, and public
  • Reputation and/or significance of author
  • Suitability of physical form for library use
  • Availability of material in other library collections
  • Overall balance in subject and point of view

Recommendations from library users are encouraged and will be purchased if they meet the above criteria. Interlibrary Loan requests are considered for purchase if within selection criteria. The Alaska State Library provides assistance in evaluation of special collections.

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