Library Policies

LIBRARY POLICIES

Policies Include:
Millinocket Memorial Library Values
Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Patron Code of Conduct
Unattended Child Policy

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.

 


 

MILLINOCKET MEMORIAL LIBRARY VALUES

  • We believe in an inclusive approach to our work and are committed to free and equal access
    for all. We are committed to serving the diverse needs of our entire community.
  • We believe in empowering individuals with the tools they need to create opportunities for
    themselves.
  • We believe in the importance of respect for oneself, for each other, and for our mission.
  • We believe in the power of ideas to transform people and change the world.
  • We value the cultural heritage of our region and seek to honor the past as we prepare for the
    future.
  • We believe in the intrinsic value of collaboration and partnership.

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MEETING ROOM POLICY AND GUIDELINES
Millinocket Memorial Library offers meeting space for use by the public as part of its core library services.

Use of the Library’s meeting rooms does not constitute the Millinocket Memorial Library’s endorsement of viewpoints expressed by the applicant or program participants. Advertisements or announcements implying such endorsement are not permitted.

All applicants should be aware that the Millinocket Memorial Library does not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, military discharge status and source of income.

Failure to comply with library policies or meeting room use guidelines may result in the denial of subsequent requests for meeting room use.

Priority of Use
Library- and town-sponsored activities and programs are given priority in the scheduling of meeting rooms, and the Library reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any scheduled meeting arrangements with reasonable notice to the applicant.

To promote the accessibility of the meeting rooms to a wide variety of groups, or due to staffing responsibilities, the Library may limit the number or length of meetings during any time period for any applicant. The Library also reserves the right to place additional limitations on the use of meeting rooms due to varying demands.

Insurance and Liability Considerations
Programs involving animals, food preparation and distribution, health fairs with medical screenings, and physical activity may require additional insurance or waivers on the part of the applicant. Applicants should discuss such events with a library representative prior to applying for a room reservation.

Applicants may not store items to be used for events or meetings at the Library without prior permission from a library representative.

Room Reservation
Applicants may reserve meeting rooms up to three months in advance. Applications for meeting room use are not confirmed until approved by a library representative. Applicants will be notified of approval for use within three days of request.

Guidelines for Use

  1. Meeting rooms may be reserved by a not-for-profit, non-commercial group engaged in an educational, cultural, intellectual, or civic activity.
  2. Meeting rooms shall not be used in any way that interferes with regular library services and operations, or which causes a threat to the safety of Library employees, patrons or property.
  3. Meeting rooms are available for use only during regular service hours on days the Library is open.
  4. All persons attending events in meeting rooms must comply with MML’s policies and rules.
  5. No entrance fee may be charged, no collection may be taken and no purchase may be required of those attending events in meeting rooms without prior written permission from the Library Director.
  6. Applicant is responsible for supervision of all children.
  7. Applicant may not use the MML logo in promoting or advertising their meeting without prior permission from the Library.
  8. Applicant is responsible for set up of the room and shall leave the room in good order.
  9. Applicant and the organization he/she represents agree to pay for any special maintenance, as determined by the Library.
  10. Applicant and his/her organization agree to pay for damages to the meeting room or to Library property resulting from meeting room use.
  11. The number attending a meeting may not exceed the established capacity of the room.
  12. All organizations or groups shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Millinocket Memorial Library and Town of Millinocket, its officers, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, suits, actions of any kind, arising and resulting and accruing from any negligent act, omission or error of the organization or group resulting in or relating to personal injuries or property damage arising from the organization/group’s use of the Library meeting room.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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