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Library Policies

Internet Access

  

The mission of the Eagle Pass Public Library is to promote “free and easy access to the vast array of ideas and information”, ensuring “access to other collections and information sources throughout the nation and the world.” It is in the context of this mission that the library provides access to the Internet and other electronic information resources.


A. Disclaimer 

The internet is a global network of computers with no central organizational structure or control. It provides a gateway to millions of local, national, and international sources of information. While the Internet generally provides access to a wealth of information that is valuable and enlightening, the user may find information that is controversial, offensive, disturbing, erroneous, or illegal. It is the responsibility of the user to determine the appropriateness, accuracy, and usefulness of the information accessed through the Internet, the provision of access to electronic information by the Library does not imply sponsorship or endorsement of the information. 


As with access to other materials and services of the Library, any restriction of a minor’s access to, or use of the Internet and other electronic resources is the responsibility of the minor’s parents or legal guardians. Parents who are concerned about their children’s use of electronic resources should provide guidance to their children.

The Library does not control information accessed through the Internet. Because the Internet is so dynamic, the Library is not responsible for changes in content of sources to which it links, nor for the content of sources accessed through secondary links. 


B. Internet User Guidelines

Library patrons who access the Eagle Pass Public Library’s Internet and other electronic services are responsible for using them in an ethical, legal, and considerate manner. Examples of prohibited usage include, but are not limited, to:


· Using the Internet workstations for any illegal purposes

· Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment. 

· Representing oneself as another person or using the Internet to transmit obscene, threatening, or harassing materials

· Viewing, displaying, or printing explicit graphical images in violation of Texas Law: PC 43.24, Sale, Distribution, or Display of Harmful Material to Minor

· Damaging or destroying equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library computer equipment

· Violating computer system or network integrity, including attempts to bypass network security functions, obtain passwords, or alter the configuration of Library workstations in any way

· Violating copyright laws. U.S. Copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by principles of “fair use.” Responsibility for any possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user. The Eagle Pass Public Library disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting thereof.


Texas Penal Code (Chapter 43)


� 43.22. Obscene Display or Distribution


(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly displays or distributes an obscene photograph, drawing, or similar visual representation or other obscene material and is reckless about whether a person is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display or distribution.


(b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.


Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, � 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, � 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.


� 43.24. Sale, Distribution, or Display of Harmful Material to Minor


(a) For purposes of this section:


(1) "Minor" means an individual younger than 18 years.


(2) "Harmful material" means material whose dominant theme taken as a whole:


(A) appeals to the prurient interest of a minor, in sex, nudity, or excretion;


(B) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for minors; and


(C) is utterly without redeeming social value for minors.


(b) A person commits an offense if, knowing that the material is harmful:


(1) and knowing the person is a minor, he sells, distributes, exhibits, or possesses for sale, distribution, or exhibition to a minor harmful material;


(2) he displays harmful material and is reckless about whether a minor is present who will be offended or alarmed by the display;or


(3) he hires, employs, or uses a minor to do or accomplish or assist in doing or accomplishing any of the acts prohibited in Subsection (b)(1) or (b)(2).


(c) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:


(1) the sale, distribution, or exhibition was by a person having scientific, educational, governmental, or other similar justification; or


(2) the sale, distribution, or exhibition was to a minor who was accompanied by a consenting parent, guardian, or spouse.


(d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless it is committed under Subsection (b)(3) in which event it is a felony of the third degree.


Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, � 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, � 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.


C. Conditions of Use

To ensure that these Internet and electronic resources are provided fairly and equitably the following conditions of use shall apply:


· Internet workstations will be available during the Library’s normal hours of operation until fifteen minutes prior to closing

· Usage is on a first-come, first-served basis

· The Library reserves the right to set time limits for individual sessions of use so that monopolizing of Internet resources is minimized

· Internet printing charges will be the same as other Library printing and copying charges

· Library is not responsible for damage to the user’s disk or computer, for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s Internet services

· Users shall not attempt to upload, install, set up, run, or execute any program or software not authorized by the Library on any of the Library’s computer workstations or systems. This prohibition does not, however, restrict users from uploading text documents, such as resumes, from their own disks to distant Internet sites. 

· The Library reserves the right to limit or restrict Internet applications


D. Confidentiality of Use

Transaction logs and any other information that can be used to identify a user with specific data, files, programs, or other electronic materials are covered by the Eagle Pass Public Library’s Confidentiality of Library Patron Information. However, the Library reserves the right to monitor and/or report activities as needed to maintain security and usability of the Internet workstations and the systems to which they are connected. In addition, users are advised that because privacy is technically difficult to achieve, electronic transactions and files could become public.


E. Staff Assistance

Due to the various skill levels and time constraints of Library scheduling, Internet trained staff may not always be available for personal assistance. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training on Internet computer usage or personal computer usage. Staff may, however, be able to use professionally acquired skills to provide suggestions and tips for searching.


F. Sanctions 

Library users who violate the Internet User Guidelines, or who refuse to comply with the Conditions of Use, may be removed from the Library and may have their Library privileges revoked. The Librarian in charge has the authority to terminate a user’s Internet session in accordance with these sanctions. This decision may be appealed to a Supervisor and then to the Director. The decision of the Director is final.


Violations of the policies described above regarding the legal and ethical use of the Library’s electronic resources will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner. Illegal acts involving the Library’s Internet and electronic resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities. 

Collection Development - Material Selection Policy 


In order to provide the community a better collection of materials and best use of resources the Library will be using the following criteria: 


  • 1. Material that is relevant to our community needs 
  • 2. Updated material 
  • 3. Subject material for intended audience 
  • 4. Cost-effective use of budget 
  • 5. Shelf space 
  • 6. Library patron's requests 
  • 7. Best sellers 
  • 8. Cultural and diversity of the community 
  • 9. Eagle Pass Library will make all acquisitions from approved vendors 

Sources to order material from: 

  • · Kirkus 
  • · Goodreads 
  • · Amazon 
  • · Ingram 

Mayor Ramsey-English Cantu Executive  Conference Room / Computer Room Policies 


   Room reservation policies have been approved by the Eagle Pass Public Library Board  


1. Patron reserving Conference Room must have a library card. 

2. Conference and Technology room may be reserved for no more than two to four weeks in advance. 

3. Conference room has a maximum capacity of 40 people 

4. Computer training room has a maximum capacity of 25 people. 

5. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. 

6. Reservation events are limited to the number of people being reserved for. 

7. Reservation events should not be opened to the general public due to max capacity limitations 

8. The library reserves the right to cancel any reservations at any time when it is deemed necessary. 

9. Checking out technology equipment during reservation will become the responsibility of the patron ensuring all equipment is back in its proper place. 

10. Any technology or room damages will be the responsibility of the patron making the reservation. 

11. When reserving computer training room that requires technology accommodations (i.e. website access), patron must inform library staff upon reservation. Must be reserved within four weeks of use with no more than two days' usage. All technology library policies will apply. 

12. Reservation hours will only be allowed during business operational hours unless otherwise specified by library or city administration. 

13. Conference/Computer room must be left clean and organized. 

14. No alcoholic beverages allowed unless pre-approved by City Hall Administration. 

15. Food in the conference room is allowed.  However, no food permitted outside the room or any other library floor level *unless approved by City Hall administration. Please use coaster when using drinks on conference room tables. 

16. As per Eagle Pass Texas Code of Ordinances Sec. 8-23 – fees for services.  The city manager is hereby authorized and directed to collect the following fees for services are as follows: 

Technology meeting room- four hour minimum …. $100.00 

Technology meeting room- additional hour (per additional hour) …. $12.50 

Executive meeting room- four hour minimum…. $100.00 

Executive meeting room-additional hour (per additional hour) …. $25.00 

17. Conference/Training room policies will be updated when deemed necessary. 

18. Employee lounge is off limits at all times. 

19. Fees for non-profit organizations may be waived at the discretion of the Library Director. 

20. City Hall Administration has the authority to make any changes to the following policies regarding meetings, events or presentations on library grounds. 


*Alcoholic beverages 


The Eagle Pass Public Library does not endorse nor condone any political or religious activities. 

Donation Policy (New and Used Materials) 


The Eagle Pass Public Library accepts the donations of new and used books, videos, and similar materials. Items will be added to the collection in accordance with the selection policy of the library. Once items are donated they become the property of the Eagle Pass Public Library, and may be given to other libraries or non-profit agencies, sold, traded, or discarded if they are not added to the collection.  


We welcome the donation of older nonfiction books and novels (particularly out of print material in GOOD CONDITION) with which to replace well-worn or missing library titles. We are unable to accept textbooks or encyclopedias, and because of health concerns materials which harbor mold spores from being stored in cellars or garages will be declined.  


Donated items will not be returned to the donor and the library will not accept any item that is not an outright gift. The library reserves the right to decide when a donation added to the collection must be withdrawn from the system. The library will acknowledge receipts of donated items but is unable to set fair market or appraisal values. It is recommended that the donor make a list of items donated. If items are being donated to obtain a tax benefit, it is the donor’s responsibility to establish fair market value or obtain expert assistance in establishing any value. 

All materials must be in like-new or at mostly gently-used condition. Items considered to be in poor condition are:

 

  • · Materials with torn pages, excessively worn covers. 
  • · Materials with yellowed, brittle pages or damaged bindings. 
  • · Dirty, dusty items. 
  • · Stained, water damages, mildewed items. 
  • · Materials with excessive notes or highlighting. 
  • · Scratched or worn media. 

The library cannot accept: encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, text books, magazines, VHS tapes, audio cassettes, record albums (LPs), 8-tracks, or software.  


The library cannot accept computer, medical, science or technical, travel or financial books that are older than 2 years. 


While donations are tax-deductible, library staff cannot determine the value of a donation for IRS purposes. The library provides a form acknowledging the donation. 


Materials Donation Policy 


Eagle Pass Public Library welcomes gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that such gifts must meet the same evaluative standards required of purchased materials. 

All material must be in like-new or at most gently-used condition. Items in poor condition are not accepted, as 

follows: 


+ Materials with torn pages, excessively worn covers. 

+ Materials with yellowed, brittle pages or damaged bindings. 

+ Dirty, dusty items. 

+ Stained, water damaged, mildewed items. 

+ Materials with notes or highlighting. 

+ Scratched or worn media. 


The library cannot accept: encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, text books, magazines, VHS tapes, audio cassettes, record albums (LPs), 8-tracks, or software. 

The library cannot accept computer, medical, science or technical, travel or financial books that are older than 2 years. 


Once donated, books and other items become the property of Eagle Pass Public Library, and may be given to other libraries or non-profit agencies, sold, or discarded if they are not added to the collection. 


While donations are tax-deductible, library staff cannot determine the value of a donation for IRS purposes. The library provides a form acknowledging the donation. 


I agree to the above listed uses of the material that I have donated to the Eagle Pass Public Library. 

                                                     ____________________________________ 

                                                                   Donor’s Signature 


Please complete the following information for your records. 


Name________________________________________________________________ 

Address______________________________________________________________ 

City_______________________State________________________Zip___________ 


# Of Items Type of Material                         # Of Items Type of Material 


________ Hard Covers                                                             ________ DVDs 

________ Paperbacks                                                              ________ CDs 

________ Books on Tape or Compact Disc                          ________ Other 


Donation received by__________________________ Date _____________________ 


Adopted by the Board of Trustees, June 9, 2015