Guidelines for the Selection of Library Materials

The collection in the Gandhi Library is built to support subjects taught in all courses, likely research topics, and independent reading and research through a wide spectrum of fiction and non-fiction materials.

Friends School of Minnesota Gandhi Library collects various types of materials for different user groups:

  • For students: printed materials in support of and supplementary to curriculum units; printed materials for recreational reading; audio-visual materials, computer software, and other electronic media and services appropriate for educational purposes.
  • For staff: printed and non-print materials to support planning, teaching, and evaluation of curricular units and to support professional development.
  • Quakerism: Special efforts are made to collect materials on Quakerism, materials by and about Quakers, and materials reflective of such Friends concerns as social justice and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Gift Policy

The library welcomes gifts of materials (or funds designated for purchase of same) provided that donors understand that the same standards for inclusion and retention in the collections will be applied to donations as are applied to purchased materials, and that the librarian cannot provide valuations of donated materials for tax purposes. Gifts will be acknowledged. IMPORTANT: Please contact the Library Media Specialist before purchasing books for donation.

Overdue Materials and Fines

Four times each year, library patrons and parents of students will be given lists of materials which are checked out under their name but have not been returned. These will be issued just before Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and the end of the school year. Books not returned by the end of each semester are subject to replacement costs plus $2.00 in service fees per book. Parents will be billed accordingly. Patrons have the alternative option to replace the material with an identical item of similar quality.

Lower School Library Program

Students from kindergarten through the fourth grades make weekly group visits to the library to borrow books, to listen to literature read aloud, to share their observations about books with each other, and to learn about the library and its resources. From third grade on, students also use the library individually or in groups as needed to choose the books that form the basis of their individual reading instruction, to find books for recreational reading and to find information. Use of technology not specifically associated with finding library materials, including Internet use and saving work to the Server, is introduced at this time.

The educational goals of the Lower School library program are:

  • to foster the love of and competence in reading and scholarship
  • to provide a rich variety of resources to support students and teachers in their learning activities
  • to help students define their reading interests and preferences and their information needs
  • to model search strategies that will lead students to the materials and information they seek
  • to teach the mechanics of library usage and research
  • to provide opportunities for children to practice responsible use of a common resource
  • to reflect the principles and concerns of Friends both in the library’s resources and in its practices
  • to provide an introduction to the use of electronic resources.

Middle School Library Program

The Library Program in the Middle School supports the curriculum, promotes scholarship on the part of both students and teachers, fosters the love of literature and competence in reading, promotes the ethical use of information, and teaches the skills necessary to conduct research using print and technological resources.

These goals are encouraged and taught in three ways: (1) in formal instruction during one or two humanities classes each week (2) within the context of projects and assignments from all of the subject areas, and (3) in offering advice and discussion about reading and scholarship. The librarian introduces students to the use of complex research materials and diverse research tools.

Research skills Include:

  • Search strategies for locating information in print and electronic media, including use of search terms, references, keyword and Boolean searching, and search programs online.
  • Strategies for evaluating pertinence, value, and reliability of information.
  • Use of different types of reference materials.
  • Use of primary and secondary sources.
  • Use of the online library catalog, the Dewey Decimal System, and other library mechanics.
  • Use of citations, bibliographies, and footnotes to credit sources.

More Questions?

If you have further questions about the library policies, catalog holdings, acceptance of donations, etc, you can contact our media specialist, Travis Bell.