Frisco ISD is finalizing new administrative guidelines for the 2022-23 school year to address obscene content in library books and ensure inappropriate materials are not selected in the future. This webpage includes information about the old guidelines and will be updated in July 2022 with the new guidelines. The new guidelines will increase the number of required reviews for a book to be purchased and remove an unreliable reviewer from the list of approved reviewers, among other changes. Learn more about this initiative

Selection of Library Materials

There is an established process for determining which resources are available to students through each campus library. Collection development involves the identification, selection, acquisition, and evaluation of a collection of library resources to fit the needs of its users and potential users.

The primary objective of instructional resources selected for the library media center are to support, enrich and assist in implementing the FISD‘s educational program.

Resources selected:

  • Enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration students' varied interests, abilities, learning styles and maturity levels.

  • Stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and societal standards.

  • Present various sides of controversial issues so that students have an opportunity to develop, under guidance, skills in critical analysis and in making informed judgments in their daily lives.

  • Represent many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to the national heritage and world community.

Selection Process

All selections, including donations, should be compliant with the Board-approved Frisco ISD Selection Guidelines.

Frisco ISD Library Materials Collection Development Policy

  • All materials must meet standards of copyright and fair use.

  • Librarians are responsible for evaluating the collection and basing budgets and purchases on that ongoing evaluation.

  • Individual materials should be purchased with the entire collection in mind.

  • It is recognized that every book in the library will not be relevant for every student.

Material selection is guided by published, professional reviews. The following review journals may be considered: Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Horn Book, Library Media Connection, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Voice of Youth Advocates.

Minimum best practice dictates that books considered for purchase be favorably reviewed in at least one of these journals (Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Horn Book, Library Media Connection, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Voice of Youth Advocates.) The review must include at least one grade level served by the purchasing campus.

If a favorable review does not exist in one of the above six journals, a book may be purchased at the librarian’s professional discretion after thoughtfully weighing the factors listed below. In all cases, the librarian should err on the side of caution when considering any material for which no reviews exist in these six journals. (Note that a special exception exists for graphic novels.)

  • Publisher’s reputation

  • Needs of the curriculum

  • Author’s reputation

  • Endorsement by a professional association

  • The need for a balanced and diverse collection

  • Inclusion in a retrospective collection tool (such as Wilson Children’s Catalog, Wilson’s Jr. High Catalog or Wilson’s Sr. High Catalog)

Graphic novels are books in comic-strip format. Although the word "novel" normally refers to long fictional works, graphic novels can be found in almost any book genre. It is their format that categorizes them more than their content.

For graphic novels: If a favorable review does not exist in one of the above six journals, it may be considered for purchase if it meets the following publisher rating:

  • E (everyone) or A (all ages) for elementary, middle school, and/or high school libraries

  • Y (youth, ages 10+) and T (teens, ages 13+) for middle school and/or high school libraries

  • T+ or OT (teens, ages 16+) for high school libraries

  • M (mature, 18+) and AD (adult) do not follow selection guidelines and may not be purchased.

  • If a favorable review exists in one of the above journals, it should be given precedence over the publisher’s rating system. Graphic novels must be considered for purchase on an individual basis. Series reviews and blanket purchases should not be used.

The following are not to be used in place of reviews. Although they may be consulted, purchases of these items must follow the same review procedures as other titles. In no case should a blanket purchase or selection of any of the following be made.

  • Award lists or individual award titles

  • National, state, or local reading lists

  • Catalogs, in whole or part Lists or individual titles categorized by interest, reading, or Lexile levels

  • Bibliographies, suggested reading lists, appendices, and the like

  • Vendor-generated lists

  • Advertisements Free or donated books, including book fair selections

  • Recommendations or requests from individuals

Books not meeting the selection criteria outlined do not follow district selection guidelines for inclusion and should not be purchased.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Director of Library and Media Services.

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