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The Victoria Public Library Advisory Board has adopted a new collection development policy for books arriving at the library on Tuesday evening.

City of Victoria manager Jesús Garza said the advisory board will be able to review contested books, but the director will continue to conduct an initial review of the book.

The Collection Development Policy, adopted by the Advisory Board, states that its purpose is to support the mission, goals and philosophy of the Public Library of Victoria and to follow guiding principles based on intellectual freedom. Freedom to see the statement. These three statements are from the American Library Association.

The policy took effect immediately, according to city attorney Alison Lacy.

The new collection policy allows an advisory board to review library directors and consider whether books should be added or removed from the collection based on community input. At an upcoming meeting, the Board will review how Dana Williams-Capone, Director of the Public Libraries of Victoria, decides which books enter and leave the library.

“The Library Advisory Board will conduct additional reviews,” Garza said, adding that Victoria City Council is interested in some of the material that may be included in some of the books. said.

“The council is concerned about inappropriate images and inappropriate content in the book,” Garza said.

Speaking at the conference, Mayor Jeff Bucknight told board members they weren’t given easy jobs. He said he may ask the council to freeze funding for libraries next month.

The County has four vacancies to appoint to the Library Advisory Board. Usually he has 12 members. Victoria County has received a total of 17 applications, and county judge Ben Zeller said he should be appointed by the end of the month or early October. Garza said he has 15 of her applications for his two positions on the city’s board of directors, and a decision is expected by October.

According to Williams-Capone, 10,000 to 12,000 new books and materials are brought into the library each year. Williams Capone said Tuesday that the library has added 26 books requested by the public.

City, county, and library advisory boards have all responded to calls from local residents to remove some books dealing with gay, lesbian, or transgender issues. These residents said the books were in the children’s or young adults section of the library and should be moved to the adult section.

That’s what the committee discussed about the library’s collection development policy. Garza said he doubted anyone at the meeting would share the same ideas about what should be considered inappropriate. During the discussion, Lacey said language included in the new collection policy may refer to the city’s laws regarding obscenity.

“In communities, when you talk about community standards, people disagree about what it is,” Garza said. “Everyone in the room will have a different idea of ​​what it is.”

A Library Advisory Committee will meet in the future to discuss how and where books should be placed in the library’s sections.

A statement adopted from the American Library Association included a bill of rights for libraries. This affirms that every library is a forum for information and ideas, and that the following guiding principles guide its service. Books and other library resources should be of interest, information and education to all in the communities the library serves. Material should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views that contributed to its creation.

The Bill of Rights also states that libraries should provide materials and information that present all perspectives on current and historical issues, and that materials should not be banned or removed on the basis of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. I’m here. It also states that libraries should challenge censorship to fulfill their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. Libraries also need to challenge censorship to fulfill their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment, and to work with all those and groups involved in resisting curtailment of freedom of expression and free access to ideas. I have also confirmed that there is.

Similarly, the American Library Association’s “Freedom to Read” statement states that freedom to read is essential to American democracy. Because American democracy is under constant attack. The association says private and public organizations in various parts of the country are working to remove or restrict access to reading materials, censor school content, and clean out libraries.

The Society’s Freedom of Reading Statement also states that the freedom to speak, hear, and read is protected by the First Amendment. It states that in a free society there is no place for censorship of the medium of expression.

Garza said the board got something from the meeting that the city council can discuss if needed.

“We came out of here with a policy that the council can discuss,” Garza said. “This policy supports the library’s overall mission.”

A longtime journalist, George is fond of 60’s muscle cars and firearms.

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