Library Policies

LIBRARY POLICIES

General Guidelines for Selection:
For books, hardcover volumes are always preferred; however, paperback editions are purchased if that is the only format available or when the useful life of the content is expected to be fairly short. Books in electronic format are considered when available.

Criteria For Selection of Books:

  • High demand | potential use
  • Significant current interest
  • Local authors
  • Acceptable literary quality and durability of author

Selection aids for this collection include Publisher’s Weekly, newspaper reviews, best seller lists and recommendations by staff and patrons.

Newspapers | Periodicals:Policies | Millinocket Memorial Library
Newspapers are a special resource both for their appropriateness and their individual perspective on local, state, national, and international events. Periodicals provide a wealth of current information much of which may never appear in any other form. Selection criteria for newspapers and periodicals would be: High demand | potential use and significant current interest.

Reference Materials:
Reference material should be the importance and relevancy of the subject to the balance of the reference collection; authority, which includes reputation and significance of author, as well as reputation and standards of the publisher; currency, if pertinent (as in reference works); availability and price.

Microfilm:
To conserve space and enhance preservation, the local newspaper is retained on microfilm.

Sound Recordings:
The library’s sound recordings collection includes dramatic readings as well as music. Audio cassettes are now being purchased in compact disc. The preferred format for recordings is compact disc.

Video:
The library’s video collection consists of classics, travel, instructional and a careful selection of popular videos.

Our Policies | Millinocket Memorial LibraryChildren Materials:
The children’s room maintains a collection for children and young adults from birth through grade six. The collection includes books, audio-cassettes, videos, CD’s and periodicals. The criteria used in the selection process for materials in the children’s room are identical to those used for adult materials.

Gifts:
Millinocket Memorial Library is very grateful for appropriate gifts to its collection. Monetary gifts are also welcomed; the library has a gifts and donation account for the purchase of books and or library materials. When it is requested, memorial bookplates will be placed in gift items. Because the purchase price is only part of the cost involved in maintaining an item in the library, and in order to control the growth of the collection as a whole, books and other material gifts are evaluated in terms of the same selection criteria as library purchases. If an item is already well represented or for any reason is not appropriate for the collection, then an attempt is made to place the gift where it will be most useful. It is very important that the library have the same control over all gift items as it has over the rest of its collection.

Lost and Damaged:
Lost or damaged materials are usually replaced, with consideration given to their significance in the collection based on availability, previous use, number of other copies held, significance of the particular edition, and current validity of content, if pertinent.

Weeding:
It is recognized that the process of weeding or deselecting is a continuous and ongoing process necessary to maintain a vital and up-to-date collection. The process of deselecting is primarily the responsibility of the librarians, working in conjunction with the staff. Books automatically considered for deselecting are those superseded by new editions or new formats; relevancy to patron need, such as medical or science materials, and those that are worn out or damaged; and multiple copies which are no longer needed.


 

INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
It is the policy of Millinocket Memorial Library to: (a) prevent user access over its computer networks to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Procection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254 (h)].

Definitions
Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to Internet Safety Policy | Millinocket Memorial Libraryinappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other unlawful purpose.

Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extend practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Millinocket Memorial Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

Education | Supervision | Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Millinocket Memorial Library staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of Library Director or designated representatives.

Adoption
This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees at a public meeting on December 1st, 2014.

 


 

PATRON CODE OF CONDUCT

Policy on Library Use and Patron Behavior
The mission of the Millinocket Memorial Library is to continuously identify the informational, cultural, recreational and educational needs of the community and provide programs and materials to meet such needs. It is the policy of the library to create a comfortable, open environment that will enhance personal growth, creating a respect for lifelong learning while fostering a sense of community connection.

In order to better serve our patrons, the Library Director, Staff and the Library Board of Trustees have established certain rules that maintain the atmosphere that promotes our policies and mission, protects the library resources and facilities from damage and provides for the safety of our patrons and staff.

These rules will apply to all persons using the library facilities and grounds and will be enforced by library staff. The library grounds include the lawns, front steps, walkways, handicapped ramp, emergency exits and parking areas. The library reserves the right to require anyone who violates these rules to leave the library facility and/or grounds, restricting such person’s privilege of using the library facility and/or grounds.

General Rules

  • Disrupts the orderly operation of the library
  • Unreasonably interferes with the use of the facilities and grounds by others.
  • Could result in physical, emotional or mental injury.
  • Could result in damage to the library facility, materials or grounds is illegal.

Specific Rules

  •  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated:  Loud talking or yelling which creates
    enough noise to disturb the general use of the library by other patrons is inappropriate
    and will not be tolerated.
  • Engaging in threatening or obscene or harassing or terrorizing conduct or language
    is unacceptable.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn within the library at all times.
  • The library assumes no responsibility for loss or theft of personal property.
  • Consumption of food within the library is not allowed with exceptions made at the
    discretion of the Library Director.
  • Service animals are permitted in the library. All other animals are prohibited;
    exceptions made at the discretion of the Library Director.
  • We ask that children within the library be properly supervised (see Unattended Child
    Policy).
  • We ask cell phones be turned-off while in the library.
  • Smoking and tobacco products are prohibited within the library including library
    grounds.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited within the library including library grounds.
  • The following are not permitted on library property:  Skateboarding, rollerblading
    and bicycling.

 


 

UNATTENDED CHILD POLICY
One of the goals of the Millinocket Memorial Library is to provide a comfortable, welcoming environment for all patrons and, particularly, children. However, no public place, including the library, is safe for children left unattended. Library staff cannot take the place of a parent, guardian or caregiver. The library staff cannot know if children are left by themselves or where they are in the building or grounds. They do not know when they leave either with parents or strangers. Unattended children may also become anxious which can lead to behavior problems.

The following policy has been adopted by the Millinocket Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees. It clarifies for parents, children, and staff the concern of the library for the well-being and safety of its youngest patrons:

1.  The Millinocket Memorial Library welcomes children to use the services of the library
and encourages parents to enjoy the library with their children.

2.  Children and young people are welcome at the library for any period during which they
engage in appropriate activities which include:  Doing homework or research, reading,
browsing for books or other library materials, etc.

3.  The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children visiting the library rests with
the parent | guardian | caregiver, not with the library staff.

4.  Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended in the library.

5.  Children under the age of 10 are expected to be in the immediate presence of the
parent | guardian | caregiver who is responsible for supervising the safety and behavior
of their child(ren) while in the library or on library grounds.

6.  Children between the ages of 10 and 12 may be left unattended as long as the
behavior of the unattended child does not become inappropriate. The rules for patron
behavior will be applied in each instance.

7.  The staff of the Millinocket Memorial Library have been charged with the responsibility
of enforcing this policy. Violators may be denied use of the library under the policies set
for in our Policy for Patron Code of Conduct.

8.  Exceptions to the policy may be made in certain circumstances at the discretion of
the Director or staff member in charge as so designated by the Library Director.