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Collection Development - General Selection Criteria and Tools

3. General Selection Criteria and Tools

Statement Regarding New Collections

The Fargo Public Library continues to investigate new formats and technologies for inclusion in the library’s collections. New formats and technologies will be added to the collection based on popularity and the identification of budgetary resources.

General Selection Criteria:

The general criteria listed below apply to the selection of all materials for the Fargo Public Library. Collection-specific criteria may be mentioned in their respective collection development profiles. Not all titles selected will meet all the criteria listed, but will fall into at least one of these categories:

  • Public demand and interest
  • Timeliness of information and/or significance of the subject
  • Evaluations in professionally recognized critical review sources
  • Special local interest or community relevance
  • Authority and competence of the author and/or reputation and standing of the publisher
  • Effective expression
  • Contribution to diversity or breadth of collection
  • Effectiveness and suitability of format, durability, and ease of use
  • Replacement of lost copies and/or updating to current information
  • Availability of information elsewhere
  • Impact on materials budget
  • Support of Library's mission and roles

General Selection Tools:

The Fargo Public Library uses the following resources when making selection decisions: Professional journals, trade journals, subject bibliographies, publishers' catalogs and promotional materials, reviews from reputable sources, lists of recommended titles from professional sources, popular and news magazines, related web sites such as and sales representatives for specific materials. Purchase suggestions from customers are also an important source, and customer suggestions are added to the collection as long as they meet the stated selection criteria.

Standard selection tools include the following:

  • Booklist
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • Book reviews in The Forum
  • Horn Book
  • Kirkus
  • Library Journal
  • New York Book Review
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • Voya
  • Wilson Library Bulletin

More specialized review sources may be mentioned in their respective collection development profiles.