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Policies and Circumstances:

Public Library Policies for the 21st Century


Nicolet Federated Library System
October 27, 2010

General Resources on Policies:

Trustee Essential 10—“Developing Essential Library Policies”: http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/te10.html

Library Policy Documents for Effective Library Operations (SCLS workshop by John DeBacher, 2007):
http://www.scls.info/ce/program/documents/policies0607.ppt

General Resources on Intellectual Freedom, etc:

Library Bill of Rights: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/index.cfm

Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights:


http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/default.cfm

Freedom to Read Statement:


http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/ftrstatement/freedomreadstatement.cfm

Trustee Essential 22—“Freedom of Expression and Inquiry”: http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/te22.html

West Bend Challenge, 2009:

Banned in West Bend: http://www.bannedinwestbend.info/west-bend-wi (good summary of the West


Bend challenge. The site also has information on other cases, censorship, intellectual freedom, etc.)

ALA presentation:
http://www.bannedinwestbend.info/west-bend-wi/documents/alahandout.pdf?attredirects=0

Selection/Collection Development Policies:

West Bend Community Memorial Library:


http://www.west-bendlibrary.org/materials.reconsideration.policy.pdf

Puyallup (WA) Public Library: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/files/library/6acc0ebe89651239.pdf

Somerville (AL) Public Library: http://www.somervillelibrary.org/collection.html

Craighead County Jonesboro (AR) Public Library: http://www.libraryinjonesboro.org/?


q=node/19#electronic
Meeting Room Challenges:

“Florida Man Sues Two Libraries for Religious Discrimination” (American Libraries, 2010):
http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/02172010/florida-man-sues-two-libraries-religious-
discrimination

League of Wisconsin Municipalities on use of public meeting rooms by religious groups:


http://tinyurl.com/y8dkxx8

Pfeiffer vs. the City of West Allis: http://www.lc.org/misc/pfeifer.htm (the official legal decision)

Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights:


http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/meetingrooms.cfm

Meeting Room Policies:

Oregon Public Library http://www.oregonpubliclibrary.org/documents/MeetingRoomamended2010.pdf

Appleton Public Library: http://www.apl.org/policies/meetingrooms.doc

Waukesha Public Library: http://www.waukesha.lib.wi.us/about/mrooms.shtml

Privacy/Confidentiality/Before the Police Arrive:

Before the Police Arrive (SCLS):


http://www.scls.info/management/law/enforcement/police.html

“Libraries as Sanctuaries for Criminals?” (Illinois Library Association):


http://www.ila.org/advocacy/pdf/Libraries_As_Sanctuaries.pdf

FAQ About Parental Access to Children’s Records (from DPI): http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/ab169faqs.html

FAQ About Parental Access to Children’s Records (SCLS):


http://www.scls.info/management/law/act207.html

Privacy/Confidentiality Policies:

Sample from DPI: http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/doc/privacypolicy.doc

Kenosha Public Library: http://www.mykpl.info/sites/all/files/policies/confidentiality.pdf

Internet Acceptable Use Policies:

Shawano City-County Library: http://www.nfls.lib.wi.us/sha/InternetPolicy.htm


Unattended Children:

“Lock the Library! Rowdy Students are Taking Over!” (New York Times, January 2, 2007):
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/02/nyregion/02library.html?
pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=727b5addd89e9db1&ex=1325394000&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Unattended Children in Libraries and Recreation Centers (Virginia Beach’s administrative directive):
http://blog.librarylaw.com/librarylaw/files/ll-VaBeachUnattended.mht

Libraries, Latchkey Children and the Law (California Library Association):


http://www.cla-net.org/resources/articles/minow_latchkey.php

Guidelines for Developing a Policy on Unattended Children in Libraries (New Jersey Library
Association): http://www.njla.org/statements/children_libraries.html

Unattended Children Policies:

Jackson (FL) Public Library: http://jpl.coj.net/lib/unattendedchild.html

Spring Green Public Library: http://www.springgreenlibrary.org/policies/childsafety.html - Children

Monona Public Library: http://www.mononalibrary.org/about/policies/childsafety.html

Middleton Public Library: http://www.midlibrary.org/library/Policies/Behavior.pdf

Cell Phone Policies:

Burke County (NC) Public Library: http://www.bcpls.org/policies.php

Glendale (CA) Public Library (Why are cell phones allowed in the library?):
http://library.ci.glendale.ca.us/feedback_faqs.asp

Food and Beverages Policies:

Oldsmar (FL) Public Library: http://www.oldsmarlibrary.org/Policies/foodpolicy.htm

Brown County: http://www.co.brown.wi.us/i/f/library/foodbeveragepolicy.pdf

Cheryl Becker
South Central Library System
cbecker@scls.lib.wi.us
608-246-7973
sclscheryl