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Policies

Computer and Internet Use Policy

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Rationale

This policy is to inform patrons of the rules and regulations for the public use of computers, Wi-Fi, and Internet at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library (“Library”).

Computer and Internet Use Policy Statement

The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library makes the Internet accessible to all users.  Library Staff members are available to help users navigate, identify and access resources on the Internet.  The Library does not monitor nor control the content of the material accessed through the Internet and therefore cannot be held responsible for its contents. The Library does not monitor an individual’s use of the Internet, nor does the Library employ filtering software. Each individual is responsible for his or her own appropriate use of the Internet in a public place. The Library reserves the right to inform law enforcement about illegal activities taking place in the Library.

Computer and Internet Use Policy

 The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library makes the Internet accessible to all users. Library Staff helps users navigate, identify, and access resources on the Internet. The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library does not monitor or control the content of the material accessed through the Internet and therefore cannot be held responsible for its contents. Consistent with the Library’s mission, the Library affirms the principles delineated in the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights; Free Access to Libraries for Minors; and Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks: an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, of which the following are of particular importance:

  • Every individual is entitled to access material on the Internet unless material is determined to be inappropriate or illegal. This extends to minors as well as adults.
  • Electronic information, services, and networks provided directly or indirectly by the Library should be equitably accessible to all library users.
  • Libraries and librarians should not deny or limit access to electronic information because of personal beliefs or fear of confrontation.
  • Providing connections to global information, services, and networks is not the same as selecting and purchasing materials for a library collection.
  • The provision of access does not imply sponsorship or endorsement.
  • The Library is not liable for damage, loss of property, or theft of user’s equipment or devices.
  • Wireless Internet access within the Library is not secure. Use of the Internet is at the user’s own risk.

Confidentiality and Privacy

The Library recognizes the protection of personal privacy. The Library will keep confidential all such information that it purposefully or inadvertently collects or maintains to the fullest extent permitted by federal state and local law. It is the Library’s usual practice to erase all customer use records, except those essential for library business operations. The Library will release records, including those relating to Internet usage, as required by law or as deemed necessary by the Director of the Library or Board of Trustees.

User Responsibility

Users accessing the Internet acknowledge that the Library’s computer terminals are located in public areas which are shared with library users and staff of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Individuals are expected to consider this diversity and respect of others when accessing potentially offensive information or images. It is up to the discretion of Library personnel, using this policy as a guideline, to determine if the information or images are offensive to other patrons.

In order to insure a positive library experience for everyone the Library requires that:

  • Computers are used only for lawful purposes.
  • Users observe the established computer time limits.
  • Only software installed by the library is used.
  • Users may not use library cards belonging to others to log on to, or to reserve Internet computers.
  • Users should refrain from accessing visuals that might be disruptive to others.
  • Wireless users have the responsibility to provide anti-virus protection on their personal equipment. Wireless users assume all risks in this regard. Violations may result in loss of access.

Guidelines for Guardians of Minors

 As with other library materials, a child’s use of the Internet is the right and responsibility of that child’s legal guardian. Guardians concerned about their children’s use of electronic resources are ultimately responsible for setting standards and establishing guidelines. The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library does not intrude on that relationship, except when mandated by law.

Created: 11/25/2021

Adopted by the Library Trustees: 1/6/2022

Code of Conduct Policy

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Rationale

This policy is to inform patrons of the rules and regulations for patron behavior in the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library (“Library”), and on Library grounds.

Code of Conduct Policy Statement

The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library strives to provide a comfortable, enjoyable, and safe environment for reading, studying, working, socializing, and enjoying Library-sponsored programs and events. The Library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of all Library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and for preserving and protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds. The Library’s Board of Trustees has established a Code of Conduct Policy to ensure that all patrons enjoy their Library experience.

Code of Conduct Policy

Any behavior that interferes with acceptable Library activities is prohibited. Individuals or groups who fail to observe the policy may be asked to leave the Library and its grounds. The Library staff reserves the right to address behavioral issues. Library Staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors and seek police assistance if a conduct violation warrants such action.

Behaviors Prohibited in the Library and on its Grounds

  • Violating any local, state, or federal laws.
  • Panhandling, soliciting, or loitering.
  • Carrying illegal weapons or other materials that are a threat to public safety.
  • Threatening behavior, including, but not limited to, violence, threats of violence, and possession of weapons.
  • Leaving personal possessions unattended. Personal possessions should not be left at public service points for safekeeping, nor should they be left unattended in public areas. The Library is unable to guarantee the security of such items.
  • Abusing, deliberately destroying, improperly using, or stealing Library furniture, equipment, materials, or the personal property of patrons or Staff members.
  • Deliberately disrupting Library services through harassment or inappropriate conduct that endangers public safety or health, intrudes upon other patron’s or staff’s Library experience, or disrupts Staff duties. Inappropriate conduct includes abusive or obscene language, shouting, pushing, fighting, running, stalking, engaging in sexual behaviors, sexual harassment toward patrons or staff, or photographing patrons or staff without permission.
  • Trespassing in non-public areas of the Library.
  • Creating a disturbance by making noise, talking loudly, or engaging in other disruptive conduct is not allowed (MGL, Ch. 272, Sec. 41).
  • Violating the Library’s Cell Phone and Noise, Food and Beverage, or Computer and Internet Use policies.
  • Interfering with other patrons’ use and/or enjoyment of the Library.
  • Removing Library materials from the building without properly checking them out.
  • Using the public restrooms for inappropriate activities.
  • Wearing clothing inappropriate for a public environment. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
  • Sleeping or sprawling on furniture or the floor in a manner that is disturbing to Staff and other patrons. The Library Staff reserves the right to awaken sleeping patrons and require them to leave the Library if sleeping continues.
  • Using alcoholic beverages or drugs, exhibiting alcohol or drug intoxication, or selling alcoholic beverages or drugs.
  • Smoking, using tobacco products, or using e-cigarettes. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited in the Library and on Library grounds. (MGL Ch. 270, Sec. 21-22).
  • Using bicycles, inline skates, skateboards, scooters, or similar recreational equipment in the Library, or using them for recreation in parking areas or sidewalks. Bicycles may not be brought into the Library building. Bicycles must be secured in the racks outside the building and must not be left outside the entrance. The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles.
  • Bringing animals into the Library without the approval of the Library Director, with the exception of service dogs.
  • Failing to cooperate with Library staff when closing time is announced.

Any person, who, in the opinion of the library staff, is engaging in conduct inconsistent with the orderly operation of the Library will be asked to leave. Police may be called if needed. The Library Director or, if the Library Director is unavailable, the Assistant Director, is permitted by the Board of Trustees to issue no trespass orders to any person whose behavior is threatening or violent, or who has repeatedly violated Library policy. The Library Director or Assistant Director must notify the Board of Trustees of no trespass orders as soon as possible. The Board of Trustees may also vote to issue no trespass orders directly. Individuals who receive no trespass orders may appeal these orders in writing to the Board of Trustees.

Adopted by the Library Trustees: 2/3/22

Exhibit Policy

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Rationale

This policy is to inform artists and groups wishing to show their work(s) at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library of the rules and regulations regarding exhibits.

Exhibits Policy Statement

The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library welcomes the community to use the various display and exhibit areas in the building with preference given to Webster residents and Webster based organizations. Space is provided for displays of an educational, cultural, intellectual, charitable or recreational nature for exhibiting works of area artists and craftspeople. This space is made available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. These display areas may also be used for materials from the Library’s collection or to publicize Library services or activities.

Exhibit Policy

The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library welcomes artists and groups to use available Library exhibit space to show their work. Permission given to a group to use the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library facilities does not in any way constitute or imply endorsement of its beliefs, policies or programs by any library official, the Board of Trustees, or the Town of Webster. The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library reserves the right to determine at its sole discretion what materials will be displayed as well as scheduling, duration, and assignment of display spaces. The Library has the right to review the materials in advance. The Library’s decision on what will be displayed in its exhibit spaces shall be final. The Exhibitor assumes responsibility for the setting up and breaking down of all displays.

Fees

  • A damage deposit of $100 is required in order to show work at the Library. This deposit will only be kept if there is damage done to the Library building and/or fixtures made by the artist while setting up or breaking down. This includes torn or chipped paint from using tape on the walls.
  • 10% commission of all artwork sold during the art show is expected to be donated to the Friends of the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library.

Guidelines

  • All items exhibited are done so at the owner’s risk. The Library assumes no responsibility for security against theft or damage of any displayed material. Exhibitors, who must sign a release form to this effect, are asked to check their own insurance policies regarding theft or damage. The exhibitor is responsible for installing and labeling the exhibit on the agreed upon date.
  • Publicity will be created by Library Staff and shared with the artist. The artist is responsible for sharing publicity with their network.
  • All displays/exhibits must be set up and removed with as little interference as possible to the daily operations of the Library. Once the exhibit is installed, changes may only be made with prior Library approval.
  • The exhibitor must be identified by name within the display.
  • Groups using display spaces may not charge an admission fee, request donations or display prices on their work. A pricelist may be posted in the binder provided.
  • All items shall remain on display until items are scheduled to be removed.
  • The exhibit areas are open to the public only during the open hours of the Library, and when the exhibit area is not in use.
  • Damages to the premises, equipment or furnishings as a result of exhibitor use will be charged to the individual or organization responsible.
  • The exhibitor shall remove the exhibit promptly on the agreed upon date.
  • The Library has the right to remove exhibit materials if they aren’t picked up by the agreed upon date. The Library is not responsible for any damages to exhibit materials as they are being removed.
  • Artists may display their works once per calendar year or at the discretion of the Library Director.

Limitations

Displays should be appropriate in scale, material, form and content for the Library environment. The Library discourages material containing images that include elements of a discriminatory nature, or sexually explicit/violent content. The Library does not accept exhibits or displays of a purely commercial nature. Materials advocating a candidate or ballot proposition may not be exhibited. The Library reserves the right to remove any item from an exhibition or display on the above grounds or if the exhibition is a possible safety hazard, is too large or otherwise inappropriate for the space provided, creates a maintenance problem, exceeds acceptable noise and light levels, or interferes with the public services or other activities in adjacent Library areas. If the exhibit contains elements that may be of concern under this policy, the exhibitor should discuss it with a Library exhibit committee representative in advance of the installation date.

Disclaimer

The Library endeavors to present a broad spectrum of opinion and viewpoints. The Library does not endorse content nor imply agreement or disagreement with beliefs or viewpoints expressed in the exhibits or displays. The Library does not accept responsibility for ensuring that all points of view are represented in any single day. Artworks must be original work of the applicant. Only artwork reviewed in the application may be exhibited. Any misrepresentation of artwork from the application may result in denial of exhibition. By submitting an application, artists grant the Library the right to use or publish images of their work in both print and online publicity.

Application Procedure

  1. Artist/Organization must fill out the Exhibit Application Form. A written proposal for an exhibition, accompanied by the completed application form, must be submitted to the Library Director for consideration. The proposal must state clearly the theme of the exhibit, its content, the design of the display including physical dimensions, and how the display can be placed specifically in the space available. Please visit the Library’s website to print out an application or you may pick one up in person at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor.
  2. Priority is determined on a first come, first served basis. The Committee will review applications on a rolling basis.
  3. The Exhibits Committee will review the application and the works to be displayed. Applications may take up to three weeks to be reviewed.
  4. If an exhibit is selected, a member of the committee will contact the artist/organization with the display availability. The Committee will provide a list of hanging materials available and a list of further information and details.

Created: 11/30/21
Approved by the Board of Trustees: 8/11/22

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