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CODE OF CONDUCT

Code of Conduct

In order to protect the rights of users and employees, to preserve and protect library materials and facilities, and to maintain the environment and atmosphere essential to the proper operation of the library facilities, the following Rules of Conduct have been adopted by the Board of Trustees.

The Board authorizes the director or his/her designee to revoke or restrict library privileges of any individual who behaves contrary to these rules. The Board also authorizes the director to file charges against individuals who continually transgress these rules.

Upon awareness of a violation, library employees are authorized to bring any act or omission that violated these rules or detracts from the decorum of the library to the individual's attention. If a change in behavior conforming to the rules is not evident or forthcoming, that individual will be asked to leave the library building and property. If necessary, the police may be called for assistance.

Depending on the severity of the behavior, an individual may be barred from returning to the library by the Director. To be readmitted, an individual, or a juvenile and parent/guardian, must meet with Director to seek readmitted. The director will then present the request to the Board for a determination on whether the individual will or will not be readmitted.

Any misconduct that hinders use of the library or library materials is prohibited. Such misconduct includes but is not limited to:

1. Loud or boisterous behavior

2. Conversation that is disturbing to other individuals or employees.

3. Profanity or other abusive language toward other individuals or toward employees

4. Abusing library furniture, equipment, or materials.

5. Running in the building

6. Harassing others, either verbally or through actions.

7. Fighting on library property.

8. Using tobacco in any form while inside the library building.

9. Possession, sale or use of alcoholic beverage or illegal substances on library property.

10. Eating or drinking except for groups, which are using the meeting room.

11. Use of cell phones in the library. Cell phones are to be turned off or silenced before entering the library. Cell phones may be used in the lobbies as long as such use does not disturb other people.

12. Buying or selling any kind, or soliciting for personal gain or charitable purposes. Library staff may have meals delivered while on duty.

13. Using radios, MP3's, cd players, or other personal listening equipment at a level that can be heard by others.

14. Skateboarding anywhere on library property.

15. Distributing literature, taking surveys, or asking individuals or employees to sign petitions or similar activities, with the exception of those activities done in conjunction with library business or for academic purpose as deemed an appropriate use of the library by the director or board.

16. Bringing animals other than guide dogs or other official service animals into the library building, with the exception of those used in library programming.

17. Not wearing shirt and/or shoes.

18. Using emergency exits at times other than an emergency.

The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, packs, personal listening equipment, personal computers, etc. for library materials.

If an individual is asked to leave the building, the staff member involved with the patron must complete an incident report. This report will be kept on file in the Director's office for three years.


UNATTENDED CHILDREN POLICY
Parents may not leave children under the age of ten years unattended in the library and are responsible for their children's behavior while in the library. The library is not a childcare provider but a public institution where all patrons have an equal right to quality. Library services in a safe and relaxed enviroment.
 
If a child is left unattended in the library, the staff will attemp to locate his/her parents. Staff is not permitted to remain after hours with an unattended child nor to give him/her a ride home. For the safety of the child, the staff will not leave a child under the age of ten outside to wait on a ride. If a parent cannot be reached by the time the library is to close, the police will be called to escort the child home or keep the child until parents can be reached. Staff may at their discretion extend these procedures to unattended children older than ten.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF PATRONS' RECORDS
The Cannon County Library System specifically recognizes that library records and patron information are confidential. Library records are defined as a record in any form that is maintained by the library and that contains any of the following types of information:
 
  • Information an individual is required to provide in order to be eligible to use library services or borrow materials.
  • Information that identifies an individual as having requested or obtained specific materials or materials on a specific subject.
  • Information that is provided by an individual to assist a staff member to answer a specific question or provide information on a particular subject.
Information that does not identify an individual and that is retained for the purpose of studying or evaluating the use of the library is not considered confidential and is not subject to this policy.
 
The Board endorses Tennessee Code Annotated Section 10-8-101 through Section 10-8-103 as its operations guideline, respecting the right of citizens to select their own reading material and that those selections shall be considered private and not subject to divulgence to other persons except pursuant to court order.
 
 

BULLETIN BOARD POLICY
In it's role as a center of community information, The Cannon County Library System supports the free flow of information and exchange of ideas. It therefore provides bulletin boards in its facilities for individuals and groups in the community to announce events and services that are of general and current interest.
 
General Rules and Restrictions:
 
1. Members of the community are welcome to post items on the library bulletin board. These items will not be poltical advertisement, be in support of hate groups, or be offensive. Notices advocating fraud or unlawful actions are also prohibited.
 
2. With the exception of ongoing programs which benefit the community, materials may be posted on the bulletin boards or adjacent handout areas only until the event has been completed.
 
3. Only one copy of material may be posted on each bulletin board.
 
4. Staff members will scan and edit the bulletin boards and handout areas in the course of their other duties.
 
5. Posters, announcements and handouts left at the library become property of the library and cannont be returned.
 
6. Distribution or posting of materials does not necessarily indicate the Library's endorsement of the issue, services, or events promoted by these materials.
 
Adopted by th Board of Trustees June 10, 2010.