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Appendix 7: Collection development guidelines for local and self-published authors
Local Authors Collection Submission Form
Saratoga Springs Public Library endeavors to collect materials with strong local interest, particularly books by local authors. A local author is one who is a current or longtime resident of the Saratoga Springs City School District, or whose work is set in the district, or who created the work while living in the district. There are two primary ways that such books are added to our collection:
Books by Mainstream Publishers
Books by mainstream publishers have generally gone through several rounds of quality control before they come to the attention of our selectors. These include editing, design, production, and reviewing by professionals. Because of the volume of books published annually, our professional librarian selectors rely on established review sources such as Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, etc., to help guide their decisions. Generally, we purchase these items from wholesale booksellers with whom we maintain contracts. Less often, we purchase them from retail booksellers. Author donations are welcome. These items are integrated into the general collection.
Self-Published Books
In order to support the literary creativity and expression of people in our community, the library will maintain a circulating collection of donated self-published materials by local authors. This collection will primarily incorporate fiction and poetry. These works will be evaluated by our professional librarians according to criteria in our Collection Development and Materials Selection Policy. The library does not purchase unsolicited materials, nor does it generally purchase self-published books if those books are not reviewed in established sources. These items will be shelved in a separate Local Authors collection for one year, after which they will either be withdrawn or added to the general collection.
Guidelines and Considerations for Submitting Self-Published Materials
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