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Equipment and Collection

Equipment available to Patrons and Materials Selection/ Collection Development Policy

Equipment Use Policies

 

The following equipment is available for patron use at the library:


•    Printer/Photocopy fee is $.15 per page.
    
 Copy machine users are advised that there are restrictions on copyrighted materials. Any violation of copyright is the responsibility of the copy machine user.
Fax machine-the fee is $1.00/ page; no charge for toll free numbers.
Microfilm machine-use is free.  Any copies are $.15 per page.

Computers
•    Use is free
•    Patrons must sign and abide by the internet use policy
•    Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
•    Usage time is limited to 30 minutes.
•    Usage time for student homework is 60 minutes.
•    Reservations for computer use may be made by phone or in person at the library.  
•    The reservation can be cancelled if the patron is not present at the reserved time and others are waiting to use the computers.
•    Only one person at a time may use the computer.
•    Library staff has the right to terminate a patron’s use of the computer for any misuse or disruptive behavior.
•    Patrons will be responsible for repair costs due to reckless damage.
•    Patrons must bring their own flash drive or disks for personal projects.  
•    The library is not responsible for damage to personal materials.

 

 

Materials Selection/Collection Development Policy
Adopted 1-4-2018

Objectives
•    The purpose of the Curtis Memorial Public Library is to provide all individuals in the community with carefully selected books and other materials to aid the individual in the pursuit of education, information, research, pleasure, and the creative use of leisure time.
•    Because of the volume of publishing, as well as the limitation of budget and space, the library must have a selection policy with which to meet community interests and needs.
•    The materials selection/collection development policy is used by the library director in the selection of materials and also serves to educate the general public with the principles of selection.
•    The Library Bill of Rights and the freedom to Read Statement have been endorsed by the Curtis Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees and are attached to and are integral parts of this policy.  These documents can be found on the American Library Association website linked here.
•    The materials selection/development policy, like all other policies, will be reviewed and/or revised as the need arises.

Responsibility for Selection.
The ultimate responsibility for selection of library materials rests with the library director who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Curtis Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees. This responsibility may be shared with other members of the library staff; however, because the director must be available to answer to the library board and the general public for actual selections made, the director has the authority to reject or select any item contrary to the recommendations of the staff.


Criteria for Selection

1.    The main points considered in the selection of materials are:
a.    The individual merit of each item
b.    Popular appeal/demand
c.    Suitability of material for the clientele
d.    Existing library holdings
e.    Budget
2.    The lack of a review or an unfavorable review shall not be the sole reason for rejecting a title, which is in demand.  Consideration is, therefore, given to requests from library patrons and books discussed on public media.  Materials are judged on the basis of the work as a whole, not on a part taken out of context.

Interlibrary Loan
Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all materials that are requested.  Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of this library’s collection.
In return for utilizing interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, the Curtis Memorial Public Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network, and to make an effort to have its current holdings listed in a tool that is accessible by other libraries throughout the state.

Gifts and Donations
The library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed.  If they are not needed because of the duplication, condition, or dated information the director can dispose of them as he/she sees fit.  The same criteria for selection that are applied to purchased materials are applied to gifts.  Memorial gifts of books or money are also accepted with suitable bookplates placed in the book.  Specific memorial books can be ordered for the library on the request of a patron if the request meets the criteria established by the Board.  It is desirable for gifts of or for specific titles to be offered after consultation with the library director.  Book selection will be made by the director if no specific book is requested.  The Curtis Memorial Public Library encourages and appreciates gifts and donations.
By law, the library is not allowed to appraise the value of donated materials, though it can provide acknowledgment of receipt of the items if requested by the donor.

Weeding
An up-to-date, attractive and useful collection is maintained through a continual withdrawal and replacement process.  Replacement of worn volumes is dependent upon current demand, usefulness, more recent acquisitions, and availability of newer editions.  This ongoing process of weeding is the responsibility of the library director and is authorized by the Board of Trustees.  Withdrawn materials will be handled in a similar manner and under the same authority as donated materials.



Potential Problems or Challenges

The Curtis Memorial Public Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that given item may offend some patrons.  Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy.

Responsibility for the reading of children rests with their parents or legal guardians.  Selection of library materials will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.

Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their contents, and no library material will be sequestered except to protect it from damage or theft.

Challenged Materials
Although materials are carefully selected, there can arise differences of opinion regarding suitable materials.  Patrons requesting that materials be withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete a “Statement of Concern About Library Resources” form that is available in the library.  The inquiry will be placed on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the Curtis Memorial Library Board of Trustees.    

 

 

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