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Collection Development Policy

Approved April 28, 2008
Revised July 24, 2014

The Policy

The purpose of this document is to provide a guide for the growth and development of collections in support of the library’s mission “enrich and inform people of all ages by providing materials, services, and facilities necessary to meet the current and future informational and recreational reading needs of the residents of all Georgians, including all areas of Worth County.”

The Library provides free access to materials in a number of formats (print, media and electronic) to all customers. Library users make their own choices as to what they will use based on individual interests and concerns. Worth County Library supports the right of each family to decide which items are appropriate for use by their children. Responsibility for a child’s use of library materials lies with his or her parent or guardian. Worth County Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom, adopted by the American Library Association, as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements.

Special emphasis is placed on offering popular materials, access to online resources, and services. Resources for independent learning, as well as current, and historic local information are also important.

About the Library and Its Community

Worth County is located in the southwestern quadrant of Georgia, and agriculture is its largest economic engine. It is the home to Peter Pan Peanut Butter. In fact, every jar is produced in this county. With a land area of 570 miles, Worth County’s County Seat is Sylvester and three other municipalities – Poulan, Sumner and Warwick. The county is primarily agricultural with 62% of residents working in neighboring counties.

Families in poverty are a concern—64% of children in the public schools qualify for free lunch. The issues of early literacy and school readiness require targeted public library collections and services.

Worth County Library System has one service point, the Margaret Jones Public Library located in Sylvester. MJPL provides a full range of services and collections in one location.

The Collection

Worth County Library’s collection of books and other media provides a wide range of literary, cultural, educational, informational and recreational materials for people of all ages. Collections include popular and in-demand materials as well as special formats, such as large print books, tax and business information, school and career information, historical, consumer, health and medical information.

The variety of formats collected include:

  • Print: books, documents, magazines, newspapers, and maps.
  • Audiovisual Media: videos on DVD and books on CD.
  • Electronic Media: databases, electronic books, and downloadable audio books. The library also provides access to the Internet. Other: microforms, educational kits, and selected audiovisual equipment.

Worth County Library System is a member of the Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES) and provides the citizens of the State of Georgia with free and reliable access to its public library collections and information through an Internet-based multi-system union catalog.

Criteria for Selection

General criteria for selecting library materials are listed below. An item need not meet all of the criteria in order to be acceptable.

  • public demand, interest or need,
  • contemporary significance, popular interest or permanent value
  • attention of critics and reviewers
  • prominence, authority and/or competence of author, creator or publisher
  • timeliness of material
  • relation to existing collections
  • statement of challenging, original, or alternative point of view
  • authenticity of historical, regional or social setting
  • accessibility for multiple users of electronic formats

Responsibility for Selection

The Board of Trustees of the Worth County Library System determines the Collection Development Policy for the library. The responsibility for administering this policy rests with the Director of the Library.

Suggestions for Additions to the Collection

To assure the acquisition of resources desired by Library users, patron suggestions are always considered for their addition to the collection. Patrons can request that specific items be purchased by contacting the Library Director.

Collection Maintenance, Replacement and Weeding

Professional library staff regularly review items in the collection to ensure that they continue to meet patron’s needs. Materials that are worn, obsolete, unused, old editions or unnecessarily duplicated are removed. It is the responsibility of professional staff to assess the need for replacing materials that are damaged, destroyed or lost. Items are not automatically replaced. Decisions are based on need, demand and budget.


Worth County Library accepts gifts of new or gently-used books, magazines, DVDs, and books on compact disc. Decisions on whether and how donated items will be added to the Library’s collections are based on the same evaluative criteria that are applied to purchased materials.

Request for Reconsideration of Materials

The Library welcomes citizens’ expressions of opinion concerning materials purchased. Requests to remove materials will be considered within the context of the policies set forth in this document. Anyone who wishes to request that a specific item be reconsidered for inclusion in the collection of materials is asked to complete and sign the Request for Reconsideration Form, available at Worth County Library.

The form will be forwarded to the Library Director who will consider the request in a timely fashion. The questioned material will be reviewed, in its entirety, and once a decision has been made regarding the retention or removal of the material, a letter will be sent to the person, explaining the decision.

If the person indicates dissatisfaction with the resolution, he/she may appeal to the Library Board. The Board will reconsider the decision based on whether or not the particular title conforms to the Board-approved Collection Development Policy, as outlined in the “Criteria for Selection,” above.

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205 East Pope Street
Sylvester, GA 31791


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