In order to assure that the school media program is an integral part of the educational program of the school, Germantown Academy adopts the following selection objectives.
- Provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the pupils served.
- Provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
- Provide a background of information that will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
- Provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical reading and thinking.
- Provide materials which realistically represent our pluralist society and which reflect the contributions made by diverse groups to our American heritage.
We place principle above personal opinion, and reason above prejudice, in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the library.
Suggestions are welcome from faculty, students and other interested parties. We try to check all suggestions against recommended sources, such as the National Association of Independent Schools' Books for Secondary School Libraries, Junior High School Library Catalog, Senior High School Library Catalog, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Booklist, Book Report, Kliatt, English Journal, Voya, Alan Review, and Science Books and Film. Other sources are Horn Book, School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and Book Links.
Criticism of library materials shall be handled as suggested by "The Students' Right to Read
", published by The National Council of Teachers of English.