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Collections, Computers, Technology

These policies govern what materials are available in the library, and how computers are to be used in the library.


 A. Materials selection statement
  The Ocheyedan Public Library serves a rural area of all ages from children through senior citizens. Information needs can be fulfilled locally or by interlibrary loan.  The collection strives to answer pleasure and educational needs with an emphasis on current fiction.  This collection should in no way be limited because of sex, age, race, nationality, or social, political or religious views of either the author or patron.  The Ocheyedan Public Library provides the loaning of books (hardcover and paperback), vertical file materials, magazines, cassettes, videotapes and DVDs.

 B. Selection criteria and procedure

  1. The director shall be responsible for the selection of books and materials for the collection.  Selection shall be based on information found in standard library selection aids, on reviews by competent critics, direct examination of materials when feasible, the specific needs and interests of the community and on the library's existing collections, services and budget.  Books on the reading lists of local clubs and groups and the best-sellers list will be given priority consideration. Literary award winning books will be purchased:  Caldecott Medal winners-picture books; Newbery Medal winners-a distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

  2. Criteria to be followed in the selection of materials are: the author's reputation and significance as a writer, the importance of the subject matter to the collection, the timeliness or permanence of the material's overall purpose, authoritativeness, the appearance of the title in bibliographies and/or indexes, availability of materials elsewhere in the community and the format and price.

3. Videos are for "private use only."

 C. Complaints

  1. Complaints about materials in the library collection shall be directed to the director and the board and shall be in writing.

  2. The Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of a Book will be filed for a formal complaint.

Ocheyedan Public Library
Internet Safety and Use Policy

 When using the Internet at the Ocheyedan Public Library, you must agree to the following guidelines:

Must read and accept this policy; must sign in and out at the circulation desk; must be computer literate; must be age 10 or above to use the computers unsupervised; (ages 10-17 require signed parental permission form).

1) All users of electronic information resources are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided and to follow these rules and regulations.
2) Responsible, ethical use of such resources includes the following:
• Using resources for educational and informational purposes only; not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.
• Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to others; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.
• Abstaining from the deliberate propagation of computer viruses.
• Making only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data. Abstaining from altering or damaging software or data residing on the internet.
• Not sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene. Abstaining from the display of threatening, harassing or abusive language and images.
3) The Ocheyedan Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Selection policies which govern this library’s purchase of written materials may not apply to material accessed electronically. As with other library materials, it is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to determine and monitor their children’s use of library materials and resources. A parent or legal guardian must sign an Internet Use Permission Form for any child under the age of 18.
4) Misuse or abuse of the library computers or Internet access will result in permanent revocation of Internet access privileges. Persons using this equipment agree not to make any changes to the setup or configuration of the software or hardware.
5) The library does not have sufficient staff to provide one-on-one assistance with Internet usage, but staff will attempt to answer questions about the Internet and offer suggestions for effective searching as time permits.
6) You will need to ask the librarian if you wish to save files. You must use diskettes provided by the library, and may not use your own diskettes. There is a charge for the diskettes. All files must be downloaded directly onto your own disk, not to the hard drive of this computer. WARNING: Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you need to have virus-checking software on your computer. The Ocheyedan Public Library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from a patron’s use of the library’s computer.
7) The following charges apply for diskettes and use of the printer. Printer is a network printer and is located in the office, so you may pick up your sheets at the circulation desk. You are responsible for paying for what you print. If you are unsure of what you are printing, please ask for assistance. If you print excess copies by mistake, you will be charged for them.
 a. diskettes and CDs—at library’s cost
 b. printer—10¢ per page for black & white, $1.00 per page for color.
 c. There will be no charge for up to 20 pages of black & white printing for homework  assignments; usual fees will apply for more than 20 pages.
8) Computer use will be limited to one hour if others are waiting to use computers.

DISCLAIMER: The Ocheyedan Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.