Principles of book selection:
Book selection means to select the appropriate books for a library. It is the professional apex in librarianship. Its objective is to select the right books to the right reader at the time. Some principles are followed for book selection. Such as:
- To study clientele and know their general characteristics, special characteristics, cultural and racial elements, their professions and their like and dislikes.
- To be families with subject to present interest, local, national and international.
- To represents all subjects that apply to the communities, needs and interest.
- To give preference local history, literature, culture and heritage.
- To provide books for all organized groups.
- To provide books according to anticipating demands of potential readers.
- To avoid selection of obsolete and out-dated books those have no demands at all.
- To select great works of literature and some books of permanent value whether they are not in demand.
- To maintain impartiality discarding special hobbies or opinion.
- To accepts gifts in controversial or sectarian subjects with great caution.
- To provide books for specialist who work with give benefit to the whole nation. Not to go to build up a ‘complete collection’ but a ‘comprehensive collection, – the books on a subject, the best book of an author and the most useful books of a series.
- To give preference with caution to an inferior book that will be widely read over a superior book that will be dormant on the shelf.
- To keep abreast of the changing and current thoughts and opinions and give adequate representation to the scientific, social, cultural and intellectual forces that reshaping the modern work.
- To maintain promptness and regularity in selecting new books as far as possible.