ERIC Number: ED342411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Developing Policies and Procedures in Missouri Public Libraries.
Gardner, Stan, Ed.
Designed to assist individual public libraries in the development of policies and procedures, these guidelines include examples and/or samples of points that should be considered and addressed in a policy manual. Following a brief introduction, the guide is divided into four sections, each of which contains a set of general policy statements accompanied by a checklist of recommended procedures to follow. The topics addressed in these sections include: (1) Public Library Role Descriptions (community activities center and information center, formal education support and independent learning center, popular materials center, preschoolers' door to learning, reference library, research center); (2) Governing Authority (board membership/development, board responsibilities/administrative librarian, finances, personnel); (3) Facilities (accessibility, users and usage, materials); and (4) Services: Reference (services to special populations, programs, public relations). A 159-item bibliography is provided. Ten appendices make up the major part of the guide: (1) Glossary; (2) Library Services Policies; (3) Elements of Personnel Policies--Example: St. Louis Public Library Personnel Policies (covers generic personnel policies, enployee classifications, job descriptions, duties and procedures, pre-employment guides, exit interviews, performance evaluation, orientation of new employees, and library volunteers); (4) Collection Development (includes weeding); (5) Basic Reference (includes alternative reference tools); (6) Trustees and Community Involvement; (7) Evaluation of Services (including personnel); (8) excerpts of library documents relating to intellectual freedom; (9) Lighting; and (10) Current Space Needs (includes guidelines for determining minimum space requirements and a library space planning guide). (MAB)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Missouri State Library, Jefferson City.
Identifiers - Location: Missouri