Revised August 2012
This is a wide-ranging collection covering topics dealing with
society and its issues. Information on ecology, social problems,
United States government, jobs, laws, government agencies, social
services and associations, education, customs, etiquette, fairytale and folklore
is provided. The 390s is the largest Dewey section of the children's
non-fiction collection. When purchasing in this area, attention
should focus on color, illustration, and version of tale. Some areas
such as statistics, commerce, communications, and economics are
out of scope for development.
This collection seeks to offer introductory information on the
social sciences. Some areas in the Dewey breakdown are not represented
because the information is too complex and requires a higher reading
level. Collection emphasis is on keeping sources current and relevant
to the interests and needs of the community. Occasionally, duplicate
copies are purchased to satisfy patron demand, but, in general,
single copies are sufficient.
Purchases and buying patterns are determined in large part by:
- reading level.
- new works.
- budget constraints.
- circulation statistics.
- patron requests.
- shelf space.
- visual appeal.
- Titles with child appeal that continue to be used are considered
- Physically worn materials are replaced or updated.
- Books are withdrawn due to damage, loss, general interest level
as evidenced by circulation figures, or content relevancy and
- Titles with multiple copies are checked for usage, and duplicate
copies are withdrawn as demand decreases.