McBain Community Library

McBain Community Library Policy


 
MCBAIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY

POLICY BOOKLET


    

    

REVISED 09/2010
Approved by the McBain Community Library Advisory Board
Approved by the McBain Public School Board
December 2010

                                                              






   


INDEX
LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS………… …………………………………………………………………………………………….3
CODE OF CONDUCT……..………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3
COMPUTER USE………………….…………………………………………………………………………………………………4
CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY RECORDS……………………………………………………………………………….4
COPY MACHINE……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..4
EMERGENCY CLOSING AND ADVERSE WEATHER………………………………….………………….…………….5
EQUIPMENT USE……………………………………………………………………………….………………………..…………5
EXHIBITS, DISPLAYS, HANDOUTS, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS…….………………………………………..……5
FAX…………………………………………………………………..……………………………………………….....................5
GIFTS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……6
HOURS OPEN…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………6
INTERLIBRARY LOAN…………………………………..…………………………………………………………………………6
INTERNET USE……………………………………………………………………………………………………………............7
MATERIAL SELECTION……………………………………………………………………………………………………………7
MCBAIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS………………………………………………8
SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN………………………………………………………………………………..8
SPECIAL SERVICES………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….8
TYPEWRITER…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……8




LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS:
    -The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services:
    -Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightment of all people of the community that the library serves.  Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
    -Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.  Materials should not be banned or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
    -Libraries should challenge censorship in fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightment.
    -Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
    -A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background or views.
    -Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. If a request is made to use the facility after closing hours a library staff member or school staff member must be one of the participants in the event.

CODE OF CONDUCT
    -The purpose of the McBain Community Library’s Code of conduct is to protect the rights of individuals who are in the library to use library materials and/or services, to protect the rights of staff members to conduct library business without interference, and to preserve library materials and facilities.
    -Patrons shall engage in activities associated with the use of the library.  Patrons who are not reading, studying, or using library materials may be required to leave the library.
    -Patrons shall treat library materials with respect.  Student patrons using the library during non-school hours will abide by school and library rules.
    -Patron identification, a library card or driver’s license, will be required for checking out materials.
    -All materials removed from the library must be checked out.


Code of Conduct Con’t

-Each patron shall be responsible for any fines, fees, and other charges due from overdues, lost or damaged materials.  Failure to pay these fines, in the required time, will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.
-Patrons shall not bring pets or animals into the library, with the exception of working service dogs.
-Patrons shall not consumer food or beverages (other than water), smoke or use tobacco or tobacco products in the library.
    -Patrons shall not enter the building without a shirt or shoes.
-Patrons who show obvious signs of illness may be asked to leave.
    -Any patron not abiding by these or other rules and regulations of the library may be required to leave the library premises and may forfeit their library privileges.

COMPUTER USE:
    -Computers are available to all patrons through access passwords from the library personnel. A patron must first sign an acceptable use policy before using the libraries computers.  It is expected that proper treatment of computer equipment will be observed at all times.  If a patron would like to print out pages there will be a per page fee charged.  Fees are posted by the computer and the printer.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY RECORDS:
    -Records held in library which connect specific individuals with specific resources, programs or services, are confidential and not to be used for purposes other than routine record keeping.  The library recognizes that children and youth have the same rights to privacy as adults.  Compliance of this policy protects our employees from lawsuit.

COPY MACHINE:
    -The library has a copy machine available for patrons to use for a fee.  As stated on the notice by the copy machine, patrons wishing to use the copy machine will need to make a request to a library staff member who will in turn type in the ID number needed to use the machine. The copy machine will have the copyright warning posted as required by the copyright law.  The library is not responsible for the quality of copies and will refund money only in the event of malfunction of the machine.




EMERGENCY CLOSING AND ADVERSE WEATHER:
    -The McBain Community Library will close whenever the McBain Public School is closed for inclement weather.

Sickness:  In the event that the school is closed due to illness the library director will consult with school administration to see if the library should remain closed or not and ultimately make the final decision.

    -In case of a tornado, patrons in the library will be asked to follow school procedure.  All patrons will remain in the building until the all-clear signal is given.

EQUIPMENT USE:
    -Certain equipment may be checked out of the library when available.
    -Patrons are responsible for any damage or loss of any library equipment while it is checked out to them.  In case of damage, the patron is liable for the repair of equipment or the replacement cost of lost equipment.  The library is not responsible or liable for patron property damaged as a result of using the library equipment.

EXHIBITS, DISPLAYS, HANDOUTS AND ANNOUNCEMENT:
    -As part of its public service and information mission, the library provides information to the community through displays, handouts, announcements and exhibits.  Though the library may be providing space for a display, handout, announcement or exhibit, this does not mean that the library endorses the activity and/or information.  Materials cannot be returned unless prior arrangements have been made.  The Library Director will have final authority to determine appropriateness for all exhibits, displays, handouts and announcements.
    -The Library Director coordinates the “Quilt of the Month” and arrangements will be made separately.
    -Written announcements may not be taped to windows or walls of the library or library lobby unless they announce school board or library board meetings or are approved by the director.

FAX:
    -The fax will be available for public use of sending and receiving.  The library staff will be responsible for sending all transmissions on the fax machine. Patrons are encouraged to remember this is a public fax and only appropriate materials should be sent or received.  Fees will be posted on the fax machine.


GIFTS:
    -The library will encourage and accepts gifts with the understanding that gifts of materials will be added to the collection if they meet the same standards required of purchased materials.  Gift materials not meeting these standards, those that are out-of-date, unneeded duplicates of items already owned, or those in a format not suitable for library use, may be given to other organizations, sold at the book sale or otherwise disposed of as the library deems appropriate.
    -Gift items which are added to the collection may be marked with an appropriate bookplate if requested.  A letter may be given to the donor acknowledging the receipt of the gift.  The library will not determine a dollar amount for books or other in-kind donations.

HOURS OPEN:
-Any changes made to library operating hours will be done with Advisory Board approval. Hours of operation will be posted so that patrons will be aware of what our policy is.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN:

    - Interlibrary loans are available to our adult patrons through the MEL (Michigan Electronic Library) website.  If a patron has a current library card they will be able to access the MEL card catalog electronically so that they can request books from other libraries to be sent to our library. If an adult patron is not able to find the material(s) that they want from the MEL card catalog or if it’s a student requesting an item,  a library staff member will get the necessary information needed and make a request from the Mid-Michigan Library League (MMLL).

Materials loaned to patrons from other libraries are available as stated on the “due date” slip sent with the materials.  All materials must be returned by the “date due” to our library so that proper credit can be given to your request.  Any cost as a result of late charge, loss, or damage done to materials is the responsibility of the patron and shall be paid to our library so we can have the patrons charges fully credited.  The library staff will use their judgment when asked to order a book by a formally delinquent user.


INTERNET USE:
    -Internet services are available to patrons with signed Acceptable Use Policies.  Adults may have access to the Internet with a password from the library staff.  Approved students may have access to the internet using their own user id and password or the NMC students, with approval from NMC and parent’s signature, may use the internet with a password from the library staff.
    -For patrons wishing to use their own laptop computers wireless access is available.  The patron will need to request the username and password from the library personnel. 
    -Electronic information, services, and networks provided by libraries should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.
    -Information retrieved or utilized electronically should be considered constitutionally protected unless determined otherwise by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.
    -The library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the internet.  The library makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of the information available on the internet.  Not all information available via the internet is accurate, current or complete.  Users are encouraged to be information consumers by evaluating the validity of information accessed via the Internet.
    -Users are cautioned that ideas, points of view and images can be found on the Internet which is controversial, divergent and/or inflammatory.  The provision of access does not mean or imply that the library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary, which may be found on the Internet.

MATERIAL SELECTION: (#7400 of the McBain Rural Agricultural School Board Policy Manual)
    -The principle functions of the media centers are to process and circulate materials and equipment through an orderly procedure and to provide reference and other services to students, faculty and community.
    -Efforts are made so that the collection reflects the broad interests represented in the curriculum, complemented by enrichment materials in a variety of forms.  To meet recommended standards, the administration and board support the development of a collection adequate to meet curricular needs of the students, accreditation standards and the needs of the community.
    -Responsibility for material selection: The board is legally responsible for material selection for its school district/public library.
-Selection personnel: The Library Director selects the library materials in consultation with students, teachers, administration, parents and the community. Recommendations and purchases of materials are made by the Library Director in cooperation with the appropriate grade level principal and in accordance with adopted policies.  Selection should be from appropriate, up-to-date reviewing sources, published evaluations, and selected Internet sites.  Materials selected will not be in conflict with the board selection policy #7400.


MCBAIN COMMUNITY LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD MEETINGS:

    -The McBain Community Library Advisory Board meetings will follow the Open Meetings Act (Public Act No. 267 or 1976, as amended) rules and regulations.

SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN:
    -This policy is written for the safety and well-being of children and in order to provide for the general welfare of all persons using the library.  During non-school hours parents and/or guardians are ultimately responsible for their children’s behavior in the library, for damage to materials, equipment and furnishings and for injury to themselves and others.
    -Appropriate behavior is expected at all times.  Disruptive behavior will be corrected appropriately or the child will be asked to leave.  Phone calls to the principal or parent will be made if deemed appropriate to the library staff.
    -Parents must pick up unattended children by closing time.  The child may place a phone call home if necessary.  After closing time, the child will be asked to stay in the locked library lobby until their parents come and pick them up, and they are the responsibility of the parent at that time.  Library staff will not take the child home or anywhere away from the library site.
SPECIAL SERVICES:
    -No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, the services, programs, materials in the library, or be subjected to discrimination by the library.
Affected disabilities are:
    -Visually impaired; audibly impaired; mobility impaired; manually impaired; mentally impaired or verbally impaired
    -The library will make every effort to provide assistance to disabled patrons upon request.

TYPEWRITER:
    -An electric typewriter is available to patrons for use in the library.