Privacy Policy and Disclosures

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Internet Use

Welcome to the Sequoyah Regional Library System! Thank you for using our wireless network. By using our network, you are agreeing to the following terms:

 

Internet Use

  • All users must agree to the Acceptable Use Policy before accessing the Internet.
  • Users should use extreme caution about revealing any personal identification information.   Library personnel cannot assist patrons with personal information.
  • Although the library has security methods in place for protecting internet access, there is no guarantee that computer usage is completely secure.
  • All public libraries in the state of Georgia are filtered.  In each library unfiltered computers are available for adults 18 years and older.
  • Users cannot send, receive or display inappropriate materials, defined as text or graphics, which may reasonably be construed as obscene or illegal.

Children and the Internet

  • Children 9 years and under must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or authorized teachers.
  • Children 12 yearsand under must use computers in the children’s department unless they have an adult sitting with them.
  • Ages for use of computers in the libraries that have Young Adult Department computers are 13 through 18.
  • Persons younger than 18 years of age must have an adult present to use unfiltered computers.

Inappropriate Use

Misuse of technology or Internet access will result in loss of library privileges.  It is not acceptable to use Sequoyah Regional Public Library’s electronic resources for illegal or criminal use.   Prosecution is possible.

  • First offense will result in a warning
  • Second offense will result in 3-month loss of library privileges
  • Subsequent offenses will result in a loss of library privileges for one year

 

INF-5 Child Internet Protection Policy

The Sequoyah Regional Library System employs filters on all computers as provided by the Georgia Public Library Service, a component of the Georgia Board of Regents. Library patrons, including those patrons under 18 years of age and library employees may not use any computer equipment and communication services owned or leased by the public library for sending, receiving, viewing, or downloading visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, or material that is harmful to minors. Patrons in violation of this policy will lose computer privileges. Employees who willfully violate this acceptable-use policy will face reprimand, suspension, or dismissal as determined by Library Administration. Sequoyah Regional Library shall implement and enforce this acceptable-use policy by the following:

  • Use of software programs reasonably designed to block access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and material that is harmful to minors; or
  • Selection of online servers that block access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and material that is harmful to minors

Sequoyah Regional Library System shall not be subject to civil liability for damages to any person as a result of the failure of any approved software program or approved online server to block access to visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and material that is harmful to minors.

For the purposes of this policy, ‘Child pornography’ means any computer depiction or other material depicting a child under the age of 18 years engaging in sexually explicit conduct or in the simulation of such conduct. ‘Internet’ means a global network that connects computers via telephone lines, fiber networks, or both to electronic information.

Parents and Teachers

Unattended Children Policy

Introduction

The Staff and Trustees of the Sequoyah Regional Library System hope that children who use the Library will perceive the library as a warm, welcoming and fun place to visit. We hope that families will take advantage of the tremendous resources the Library has to offer. The happiness and safety of young children left alone at the library can, however, be a serious concern. The Staff seek to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Yet the library is a public building, and as such it could be a dangerous place for children alone.

The Sequoyah Regional Library Staff cannot supervise children while carrying out responsibilities to other patrons, nor can they assume responsibilities for a child’s safety, recognize a child’s authorized caregiver(s), authorize medical treatment, or oversee the behavior of young patrons. For the protection and well being of children who enjoy the library, the following policy has been established

Policy

The Sequoyah Regional Library System welcomes children of all ages to use its facilities and services. Responsibility for children using the library rests at all times with the parent(s) or assigned caregiver(s), not Library personnel. Therefore, for the safety of the children, it is the policy of the Sequoyah Regional Library system that young patrons nine (9) years of age and under be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible caregiver aged sixteen (16) or over. Children between the ages of ten (10) and twelve (12) should not be left unattended for prolonged periods of time.

Storytime Guidelines

Family Story Time programs follow a set routine, with stories, songs, and crafts, to encourage children to feel comfortable in a group setting that promotes a love of reading and books. So that everyone may benefit fully from Family Story Time, we ask your assistance in following a few simple yet important guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation and support!

  • Try your best to arrive early so that your child may participate in a special pre-story time activity, visit the restroom if needed, and have time to settle down. If you do arrive while a story is in progress, we ask that you wait until the story is finished before entering the room. (Doors will be left open so that you and your child may observe what is happening before entering.)
  • Remember that your child is watching YOU! Be a positive role model for your child by listening to the stories and participating in the activities.
  • We ask that parents set the example for the children’s behavior during story time. Chatting, texting, and socializing should be avoided while story time is in progress. Remember to silence your cell phones. Everyone has a bad day now and then! If your child becomes loud or unruly, please take them out of the story time room so that the other children may continue to enjoy the stories and activities. Bring him back after he has calmed down, or bring her back to the next story time.
  • W e know that there are occasions when you must take your child to the restroom during story time. When returning to the program, please do so as quietly as possible. Timing your re-entrance between stories will be greatly appreciated!
  • Extend the reading experience by checking out books to share with your child at home.
Collection Policy

I. Collection Development

DEV-1 Selection Objectives

DEV-2 Selection Responsibilities, Purchasing and Ordering

DEV-3 Selection Criteria

DEV-4 Selection Parameters and Priorities

DEV-5 Donated Materials

DEV-6 Limited or No Collection

DEV-7 Specific Types of Collections

DEV-8 Controversial Materials

DEV-9 Request for Reconsideration

II. Collection Maintenance

MTN-1 Weeding

MTN-2 Retention and Replacement of Materials

MTN-3 Mending

MTN-4 Binding

MTN-5 Collection Evaluation

Collection Policy

The purpose of this document is to serve as a guide in the selection of materials for the Sequoyah Regional Library System and to inform the public about the principles and objectives of material selection.

I. Collection Development

DEV-1: Selection Objectives:

The library will use professional selection techniques and resources to conduct collection development.
The Sequoyah Regional Library subscribes to the Library Bill of Rights. The addition or deletion of an item to or within the library’s collection in no way represents the endorsement of any idea, policy, or theory contained therein.

DEV-2: Selection Responsibilities, Purchasing, and Ordering:

The responsibility for the selection of library materials lies with designated staff of the library under the direction of, and including, the Collection Services Director. Patrons and library staff are encouraged to make suggestions for additions to the library’s collection.
Materials will be purchased from designated library vendors that provide the best service as determined by library administration.

DEV-3: Selection Criteria:

Each library branch in the system will have a well-rounded core collection of adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction. These materials will be in a variety of formats, mediums, and education levels to serve the needs of a diverse community.
The library will not purchase, under normal circumstances, textbooks, self-published works, rare or specialized items, or dated materials.

DEV-4: Selection Parameters and Priorities:

The interests, needs, and demands of the community the library serves are the primary guides for selecting and purchasing materials. The duplication of materials in each branch of the library may be unnecessary. Budget constraints are also a factor in materials selection.

DEV-5: Donated Materials:

The library accepts donations of materials that are current, in good condition, and meet the criteria established in the library’s current donations acceptance procedures. Staff may reject donations of materials that do not meet current library needs. Donated materials become the property of the library.

DEV-6: Limited or No Collection:

The library will keep a limited collection of materials on subjects such that become quickly outdated, such as health and medicine, technology, and legal materials.
The library does not as a practice purchase materials that are self-published. These are materials published outside known mainstream or academic publishers or are published through a monetary payment by the author to a book publishing company.
The library does not purchase current textbooks or classroom materials assigned by local educational institutions.

DEV-7: Specific Types of Collections:

Electronic Resources:
The library provides online access to GALILEO, or Georgia Library Learning Online. GALILEO is the virtual library of Georgia, and provides access to general interest periodicals, government documents, and research materials through an electronic format. Selection decisions for content within GALILEO is made at the state level.
The library may also subscribe to additional electronic databases beyond those in GALILEO. These resources shall be selected based upon public need and interest. The number of electronic resources provided may be limited based upon budgetary constraints and may change from year to year.
The library will also provide access to electronic books and electronic audio books. These resources shall be accessible on a variety of electronic devices and shall be used to supplement the regular collection.
Georgia Collections:
The Georgia Collections contain non-circulating reference materials with a primary subject
scope of local history, Georgia history, and genealogy. Genealogical materials may be excluded from the collection due to limitations of space and scope if they do not pertain directly to Georgia.
Periodicals and Newspapers:
The library will provide newspapers and periodicals to supplement the regular library collection. Back issues of these materials may be kept for a limited time and based upon storage availability. These materials shall be selected based upon patron interest and providing information related to the local community.
Reference Collection:
The library provides a limited collection of non-circulating materials considered to be for public reference. These materials may be moved to a circulating status based upon patron needs. The library does not purchase large sets of reference works, including traditional sets of print encyclopedias.

DEV-8: Controversial Materials:

The library does not promote particular beliefs or viewpoints. The library subscribes to the Library Bill of Rights with regard to the selection of materials. The library does not restrict access to materials based upon patron age, and the responsibility falls upon parents or legal guardians to determine the appropriateness of materials for children.

DEV-9: Request for Reconsideration:

The library’s board of trustees recognizes the right of individuals to question the presence of materials in the collection. A request for reconsideration form is available to the public by contacting library staff. Upon receipt of a request for reconsideration form, a committee of certified library staff will follow established reconsideration procedures to determine if the material is appropriate for the library’s collection.
The patron may appeal the library’s decision to the Sequoyah Regional Library Board at a regularly scheduled board meeting. The Library Board will determine whether or not library policies have been followed in the reconsideration process and in the acquisition of the material in question. The Library Board will make a decision on whether to retain, relocate, or withdraw the material in question.
Library materials that are subject to a complaint or complaints shall not be removed from the collection and may be used and circulated pending final action. If a court with jurisdiction over the library decides that material in the collection is unprotected by the United States Constitution, such material will be removed at once. Materials under court consideration will remain available to patrons until a final ruling is made.

II. Collection Maintenance

MTN-1: Weeding:

Weeding is the process of selection for removal of materials from the library’s collection. Weeding is an important part of library collection maintenance and is necessary in order to maintain an attractive, current, and viable collection.
Materials that are damaged, out of date, inaccurate, or have a low usage may be weeded from the collection. Materials may be weeded as they are replaced by electronic versions. Materials that have been donated, including those that possess donor bookplates, are subject to the same standards for weeding as other materials.
Weeding is an ongoing process within the library system. Regular and concerted efforts at weeding the collection will take place under the supervision of the Collection Services Director. However, all library personnel will be involved in some aspect of weeding activities on an ongoing basis.

MTN-2: Retention and Replacement of Materials:

Retention:
The library will retain materials with high patron interest and usage. The authoritative works in various genres and fields will be retained. Works of local history and primary sources of a related nature will be retained.
Replacement:
Books and materials that are lost or damaged beyond repair may be evaluated for replacement. Materials will be replaced if there is a patron demand and if budgetary constraints allow.

MTN-3: Mending:

Materials are selected for mending based upon the same rules used to discard materials or to select materials for the collection. Any item that is considered to be a candidate for mending must first be considered a candidate for weeding.

MTN-4: Binding:

The library does not, as practice, bind books. However, a small number of materials that have significant historical or local value may be sent to a professional bindery.

MTN-5: Collection Evaluation:

The library’s collection is evaluated on a continual basis in order to meet the library’s mission
and policies. Materials in the collection will be examined for physical condition and frequency
of use. Using ongoing quantitative and qualitative methods, library staff will monitor the collection to ensure that the collection is serving the public.

 

Collection Policy, revised January 2017 accessible

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