Curriculum needs and user interests govern the acquisition of resources. The primary purpose of acquisitions is to meet user needs and interests in the most timely and cost-effective way. In addition to traditional print and non-print resources, consideration for acquisitions will include network or database membership fees, on-line costs, site licenses, document delivery and telecommunications charges. Whenever possible, resources are previewed and evaluated before acquisition.
Gift Acceptance Policy
Gifts of new or old library materials will be accepted only if they meet with the selection criteria. Selection criteria will also be applied to gifts of money that carry purchasing restrictions. Unrestricted gifts of money will be used at the discretion of the Library Media Specialist to meet collection needs. Gifts of books and other materials are accepted but without commitments as to final disposition and with the understanding that they are not necessarily to be added to the collection. Receipts stating the value of gift material will not be given. When applicable, a form will be signed by the donor upon presentation of materials to the Newburyport School Library Media Centers and will be filed for future reference.
Newburyport School district adheres to the Copyright Law. A copyright handbook has been developed as a legal guideline for the reproduction and fair use of resources. The library media staff assumes responsibility for the education of staff and students as to the copyright law.
The Library Media Program has a strong commitment to the right of intellectual freedom for the learning community. The School Library Media Program promotes an atmosphere of free inquiry. Freedom of access to information and ideas is essential for students and others to become critical thinkers, competent problem solvers, and life-long learners who contribute productively and ethically to society.