SaddleBrooke Community Libraries Policy on Selection of Political Books
Review and Selection of Political Books
The volunteer(s) responsible for selection on Non-Fiction books at the DesertView Library identifies political books for consideration for purchase. Titles are identified from a variety of reputable review sources. Requests for purchase from SaddleBrooke residents are also considered.
Titles of a more controversial nature are sent to a review committee for further consideration. Members of the Political Books Review Committee are nominated by the volunteer who selects Non-Fiction books for DesertView Library and then approved by the Library Management Committee. The committee should include professional librarians, library managers, and Public Service library volunteers. An uneven number is recommended to break tied votes on any particular title. In the event the Committee is not able to reach consensus, the Library Director has the final deciding vote.
Factors to consider in deciding about purchase of a political book include:
- Credentials of the author
- The author’s research sources
- Appeal to a broad group of patrons
- Anticipated long term value or interest in the subject matter
- Balance of political viewpoints
We want to use our financial resources wisely, which means that books with limited appeal, dubious credentials, or limited long term value will not be purchased.
All of the political books that we purchase will become part of the DesertView Library Non-Fiction collection. Donated political books may be offered to SaddleBrooke One Library and the Cholla Library at MountainView for possible inclusion in their collections.
Do You Belong to a Book Club?
The SaddleBrooke Libraries want to help!
The SaddleBrooke Community Libraries has compiled a list of expected book titles for the numerous community book clubs. In order to serve your reading needs as best we can, the library system requests that interested book clubs provide their upcoming reading list. We will compare your list to the collection to ensure that requested titles are not withdrawn. We will also investigate adding appropriate titles to the library’s collection.
What do you need to do?
Have the book club coordinator (just one member of each club, please) provide the expected reading list to Sharon Scanlan at the DesertView Library. It is helpful to have:
- The club’s contact information
- The month the club is going to discuss the title
- Any information you can provide about the particular book (such as publication date, fiction or non-fiction, and author).
Sharon will share this information with both cataloged libraries. You can leave your printed list at the DesertView Library, attention Sharon, or if more convenient, at the SaddleBrooke One Library, attention Cathy.
We hope that this out-reach to coordinate with the local book clubs will be an on-going project and provide an added service to the community.
Large Print Additions
All three libraries are actively enhancing their Large Print collections to include many current titles often found on the Best Seller lists. In the SaddleBrooke One Library look for the “NEW” Large Print selections at the end of the regular Large Print collection. In the DesertView Library the newest Large Print books are located at the beginning of the shelving for the New collection. New Large Print selections circulate for 14 days.
Books for Sale
Both the DesertView and SaddleBrooke One Libraries have books for sale each day during library hours. New titles are added almost daily, and the prices range from 50 cents to $5. Proceeds go to purchasing new books.
If you are interested in volunteering at one of the three SaddleBrooke Community Libraries please stop by DesertView or SaddleBrooke One Library and leave your name and number so the appropriate person can get back to you. Volunteers typically work a 3 ½ hour shift each week, year round. The available positions include:
- The front desk volunteer, checking books in and out, and shelving. Need to be comfortable with using the computer.
- Shelving books
- Book processing, putting audios in covers, entering data into the computer system, making labels for books, etc.
- Monitoring the Cholla Library at MountainView by shelving books that have been returned in the book drop, processing magazines for the shelf, and general clean up.
- Sorting and pricing donated materials
For more information contact one of the Library Managers.
Pinal County Library: http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Library/Pages/default.aspx
Pima County Library: http://www.library.pima.gov/
Los Angeles Public Library: http://www.lapl.org/
Library of Congress Catalog: http://catalog.loc.gov/
SaddleBrooke HOA1: www.saddlebrooke.org
SaddleBrooke HOA2: www.sbhoa2.org