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1. Policies

The Concordia library is here to support the students, staff and parents in their search for quality books, online resources, and learning opportunities. This guide is designed to help answer questions about the library for our community.

Book Selection Policy Introduction

Statement of Selection Policy

The Concordia International School Shanghai Library system, which includes elementary, middle, and high schools, exists to stimulate and support the intellectual life of the school. The library does this by providing resources to support both curricular and non-curricular interests of faculty and students and by providing services essential to the school’s educational program. The core collection, consisting of a range of age and developmentally appropriate fiction and non-fiction information resources, should empower students to become effective users of information.

In support of this policy, the Concordia libraries adhere to the following Intellectual Freedom policies* of the American Library Association:

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 enlightenment.

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.

VII. All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

*Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; January 29, 2019. Inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.