The Board of Trustees of the King County Library System recognizes that within King County there are groups and individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds and needs, and that the library was created to serve all of the people within the King County Library System's service area. Therefore the Board adopts this policy for library materials selection and access to electronic media.
Library materials selection will develop a broad collection that meets the needs and interests of a diverse community for information, education and enlightenment. The Library System will be responsive to public suggestions of items and subjects to be included in the library collection. No library materials which meet KCLS selection criteria shall be excluded because of the origin, background or views of those contributing to its creation. Library materials will not be sequestered except for the express purpose of protecting them from damage or theft.
The King County Library System is part of the national information infrastructure providing people with access to global electronic resources and the opportunity to participate in the electronic arena. Materials selection and access to electronic resources are integral to fulfilling the mission and objectives of the Library System, but access is not the same as selection. Connection with electronic information, services and networks provides access and information transfer rather than selecting and acquiring materials in the traditional sense. The Library System can and will, however, use criteria to select the electronic services and databases licensed for system-wide access, and to select the Web sites linked to the KCLS Web pages.
From the library's perspective, only parents or legal guardians have the authority and responsibility to decide the reading, viewing or listening use of library materials for their own minor children. While the library does not presume to take the place of the parent or legal guardian, the library is committed to taking steps to create positive and clearly identified opportunities for minor children to make appropriate use of library resources, to support parents and legal guardians in their efforts to guide their own children's choices for reading, viewing and listening, and to assist parents and guardians to understand the library materials selection and electronic access process and policy with respect to children.
For example, the library provides:
Designated sections for Children and for Young Adults in community libraries with age-appropriate collections.
Trained Children's and Young Adult Librarians in every library.
Search engines that provide filtered access to the Internet at the election of the user on all workstations within the library.
Computers with only filtered access to the Internet provided in the Children's section of each library.
Notification to the parent or legal guardian of every minor child who registers for a library card regarding the KCLS policy of free and open access, and information about resources to assist parents in guiding their own children's use of library materials and services.
Lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, and reviews.
Links on the KCLS Web pages to recommended sites for children and youth.
Free programs for children, youth and their parents that promote reading and appropriate use of library resources.
King County Library System Collection Development Policies