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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

  Membership Application            Borrowing Materials

 

Collection Development

 

          Final authority for the collection is the responsibility of the Director.  Collection development decisions are based solely on the merit of an item as it relates to the Library’s Mission, Goals and Objectives and its ability to meet expressed or anticipated needs and interests of members. Budget allocations will be set annually and based on a number of additional factors including strategic initiatives, available funds, and cost of materials.  The inclusion of an item in the collection does not represent an endorsement of its content.

 

          Print, nonprint, and electronic materials will be evaluated on one or more of the criteria listed below.

 

          General Criteria:

  • present and potential relevance to community needs

  • suitability of physical form for library use

  • suitability of subject for audience

  • cost

  • evaluation by respected sources like reviewers

  •  requests by Library members

          Content Criteria:

  • authority

  • skill, purpose of the author

  • clarity, quality, artistic presentation

  • local significance

  • ease of use of product, ease of access, tech support and training (electronic materials).

 

Collection Withdrawal

 

          The Library strives to provide a current, accessible collection in good condition. 

 

          Therefore, materials will be systematically inspected and considered for withdrawal based on one or more of the criteria listed below.

        • physical condition
        • relevance, accuracy of contents
        • member demand, interest
        • new additions become available
        • cost
        • ease of use and/or condition (electronic resources)
        • accuracy, currency of content, duplication of information (electronic resources)
        • member interest and use (electronic resources)

 

Collection Structure

 

          The physical Library collection is focused primarily, but not exclusively, on Fiction and on materials with local relevance and interest.  Nonfiction resources are mainly provided by electronic means and by the utilization of Interlibrary Loan.

 

          The collection includes a variety of genre and is available in a variety of formats including: print, large print, periodicals, and audio books, for example.  Electronic resources extend and enhance the collection by providing current nonfiction content on a wide range of topics, retrospective information, and entertainment utilizing the Internet, ebooks, and other electronic resources. 

 

          A small Visual Media collection contains a variety of classics, some contemporary features, and children’s films.

 

          In addition, a selection of materials is available for Young Adults (age 12 through 18) including books and magazines.  The Children’s Collection is designed to appeal to youngsters through age 12 and may be complemented by a Summer Reading Program.

 

 

Gifts to the Library

 

          The Library accepts gifts with the understanding that the criteria for selection or withdrawal are the same as that applied to materials for purchase.  Unused materials may be recycled or sold.  The Library does not provide valuation of gifts for tax purposes, but may acknowledge receipt of gifts.

 

 

Intellectual Freedom

 

          The Library believes it is essential in a democracy for all citizens to have access to library materials and endorses the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights

 

          The Library recognizes that many materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons.  Only individuals can determine what is appropriate for their needs.

 

          Parents, care givers, and legal guardians have the responsibility for their children’s use of library materials and facilities.  They have the right to define what material or information is consistent with their personal and family beliefs.

 

          Standards of privacy and confidentiality endorsed by the American Library Association are applied to the development and management of the collection.

 

 

Concerns About Library Resources

 

          In order to address complaints or concerns regarding any item in the Library’s collection, the following procedure is utilized.

 

1.      When a complaint is received, the Library Director or staff person will explain the Library’s policy on intellectual freedom and then ask the member to fill out and sign a Request for Reconsideration form specifying the exact nature of the objection.

2.      In consultation with the Director, a designated member of the Board of Trustees will reexamine the material and make a determination.  The Director will respond in writing to the member’s request.

3.      Decisions may be appealed to the Library’s Board of Trustees.

4.      Appeals must be presented in writing at least ten days in advance of the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.  Decisions on appeals are based on a careful review of the objection, the material, applicable Schiavo Library policy, the ALA Library Bill of Rights, and any other applicable ALA guidelines on intellectual freedom.

5.      The final decision rests with the Schiavo Library Board of Trustees.

 

Collection Development Policy Review

 

          The Schiavo Library Board of Trustees will review the Collection Development Policy every four years.

 

 

Internet Policy -

 

          In accordance with its policy to provide varied resources to members, the Library offers patrons the opportunity to search the Internet.

 

          The Internet offers unlimited global access to information over which the Library has no control or responsibility.  The Library assumes responsibility only for the content of its website.

 

          Information accessed through the Internet may not be current, accurate, or complete and some content may be inappropriate or offensive to some users.  Parents and guardians especially need to be aware of this aspect of the Internet and assume responsibility for monitoring use of this medium by their children.

 

          The Library assumes no responsibility for unreliable, inaccurate, or incomplete information received online, or for monitoring the use of the Internet by its patrons.

 

          Children ages four to eight may only use the Internet and the Library computers in the company of their parent(s) or care providers.

 

  

Access Policy -

 

          The Schiavo Library shall permit the use of materials and services to all members in good standing and to other interested parties through Inter-Library Loan. 

 

The Library endorses the American Library Association Policy (adopted January, 2001) regarding the provision of equitable access for persons with disabilities and will comply with said policy to the extent that doing so does not fundamentally alter the nature of the goods and services offered by the Library, result in an undue burden on the Library, and that the Library is able to fund the costs of doing so within the constraints of its annual budget.  The Board of Trustees in consultation with the Library Director may impose charges for special services.  A schedule of such charges may be made available to the public and reviewed annually.

  

 

Borrowing Privileges Policy –

 

Membership in the Schiavo Library is a privilege extended to residents, visitors, and neighbors of Strathmere, NJ ages 13 and up.  Members agree to support the Policies and Procedures of the Schiavo Library as adopted by the Board of Trustees and to be responsible for the care of all facilities and materials. Library privileges may be revoked for failure to adhere to these standards.

 

A Schiavo Library card may be obtained by making formal application and paying the appropriate fee.  Members will be issued a library card and may borrow all available resources subject to Library procedures.

  

  

Public Behavior Policy –

 

          The principle purpose of the Schiavo Library is to provide members with open and convenient access to all of the Library’s resources. 

 

The Library and its staff are committed to providing a safe and congenial atmosphere for this purpose.  This commitment can only be fully achieved if users of the Library respect the rights of all users and the staff.  Basically, this requires that all members act in a manner that will not interfere with the functioning of the Library or disturb others as more specifically outlined in the Code of Conduct.

 

 

Code of Conduct:

 

          1. All Library materials must be checked out appropriately utilizing a current Membership Card and must be renewed or returned in a timely manner.

 

          2. Library property may not be misused, mutilated, damaged, or defaced; otherwise, the responsible member may (shall) be required to pay for repair or replacement.

 

          3. Library machines that are provided for member use are subject to reasonable limitation at the discretion of the Library staff.

 

          4. A quiet atmosphere is maintained for the benefit of all Library users.

 

          5. Disruptive behavior, including the use of cell phones or other electronic devices without earphones, is not permitted anywhere in the Library.

 

          6. The Library is not a public shelter and therefore, sleeping, loitering, and the misuse of restrooms or other facilities is never permitted.

 

          7. Interference with or the harassment or intimidation of other users, staff, or volunteers by word, act, look, or gesture is unacceptable behavior and strictly forbidden.

 

          8. Smoking and the use of illegal substances is not permitted.  The consumption of food and beverages in public areas of the Library is not permitted during business hours except at the discretion of the Library Director.

 

          9. Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times in the Library.  Wet or sandy clothing is never permitted.

 

          10. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by a Member parent or guardian and must observe all rules of Library behavior and acceptable social manners.

 

          11. Animals, other than trained service animals, are not permitted.

 

          12. Designated parking spaces for handicapped users of the Library must be respected.

 

          13. The use of skateboards, rollerblades, and the like is not permitted on any Library property.

 

          14. Upon request, users may be asked to show staff members their Library cards or other appropriate identification. 

 

          The Schiavo Library staff is authorized to implement the Public Behavior Policy, and, if necessary, to modify or adapt the Code of Conduct to special circumstances.

 

          Members who do not comply with the Code of Conduct or any reasonable request of the staff may be asked to leave Library premises.  Continued noncompliance may result in the suspension or termination of Library privileges and/or to prohibiting access to Library premises.  Egregious behavior may be reported to the police.

      


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