Library Policies

Selected Policies of the Library


COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Pettee Memorial Library tries to ensure that all members of our community will have access to library resources that will meet their informational and recreational needs. We aim for a balanced collection, however, Pettee Memorial Library is a reading library, not a research library, and this fact heavily influences our collection development.

Selection

Selection of library materials shall be the responsiblity of the director and such staff who are qualified by reason of education, training and/or experience.

Library materials shall be chosen on the basis of their value in terms of interest, information, recreation and/or enlightenment for all members of our community.

Reviews in professionally recognized sources may be used to aide in materials selection.

Gifts

Books and other other materials offered as donations will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed, otherwise the director may dispose of them as he/she sees fit. The director may also decline to accept materials offered as donations.

Weeding

The withdrawal of materials, or weeding, will be practiced on a regular basis to insure that the collection remains useful. This ongoing process is the responsibility of the director, who may dispose of withdrawn materials as he/she sees fit.

Patron suggestions:

Patrons may use the Collection Development Suggestion form (copy available in library) to suggest materials for the collection.  Standard collection development selection criteria shall apply.

Challenges

Differences of opinion arise from time to time regarding the suitability of materials for the library. Patrons who question the suitability of an item may elect to complete a “Statement of Concern about Library Resources” form (copy available in library) to explain their concerns.  The completed form will be discussed at a subsequent trustee’s meeting.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY

Patrons should feel comfortable borrowing or using public library resources and receiving library services without having to fear consequences for doing same.

Definition:

Patron records means records in any format related to any activity of the library, (such as, but not limited to, registration, circulation, interlibrary loan, reserve requests and computer use) containing any identifying information about individual patrons.

Policy:

Pettee Memorial Library’s patron records are confidential. Patron records shall not be made available to any third party or any law enforcement agency of a local, state, or federal government except when a court order in proper form, issued by a court of competent jurisdiction after a showing of good cause, is presented to the library by the law enforcement agency or third party seeking the records, however, patrons have the right to access their own records.

Policy:

Any Pettee Memorial Library patron age 16 or older shall have his or her own individual library card.

RULES OF CONDUCT

It is the aim of Pettee Memorial Library to maintain a comfortable library environment.  Patrons are expected to observe the rights of other patrons and staff members and to use the library for its intended purpose.  To that end, the following are prohibited at Pettee Memorial Library:

  1. Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.
  2. Disruptive or unsafe behavior including any conduct that staff feels interferes with the use and enjoyment of the library by others or with the functioning of the library.
  3. Soliciting

In addition:

  • The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged in the library or on the library grounds.
  • The staff of Pettee Memorial Library may prohibit any behaviors or actions which they feel are inappropriate, and may ask patrons to leave as they (the staff) deem necessary.

 

POLICY ON UNATTENDED CHILDREN

Children are welcome in our Library, and we are concerned about their safety and welfare. The following policies, therefore, have been adopted by the trustees:

Children Under the Age of 9

Parents/guardians/caregivers may not leave a child under the age of 9 unattended in the library.  The library staff cannot be responsible for the care and supervision of unattended children, nor can they assume responsibility for a child who is not being adequately supervised by a parent, guardian or caregiver.

Children Age 9 and Over

Parents/guardians/caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behavior of their children while the children are in the Library.

The staff is not required to stay with a child after closing time. The Trustees authorize the staff to call the police if the parent, guardian or caregiver fails to pick up the child. Under no circumstances will a staff member transport children to any destination.

 

COMPUTER POLICY

The library’s public access computers are available for use on a first-come, first served basis. Sessions are limited to 30 minutes, unless no other patrons are waiting, however, computer use may be restricted at the discretion of the library staff.

Wireless connectivity is available 24/7.

Printing is permitted from public access computers for a per-page fee.

Applications with sound effects are permitted if a patron provides and uses his/her own headphones or equivalent device.

We are available seven days a week to help you with computer use.

Patrons may not install software, alter settings or otherwise modify or damage library computer hardware, software or data.

The Internet is a global and unregulated information network.  The library cannot control the information available through the Internet and does not accept responsibility for its quality, accuracy, or currency, nor for any damage caused by use of the Internet; neither can it necessarily insure secure connectivity.

The library does not use “filtering” in order to prevent access to sites deemed “undesirable,” however the library reserves the right to block access to sites or types of sites that are known to contain child pornography, spread malware, viruses, etc. 

The Library is not responsible for minors’ Internet use or for information accessed by minors. Supervision of minors is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

The Library prohibits violation of any local, state or federal law, including copyright laws and software licensing agreements.

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