ERIC Number: ED478304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Policymaking for Vermont Public Librarians and Trustees.
This document provides guidelines on policymaking for public librarians and public library trustees in Vermont. Topics covered include: (1) the importance of policies in bringing order, logic, stability, and continuity to a library's operation; (2) the roles of trustees and librarians in adopting carrying out policies; (3) reasons why policies should be written and the process of writing them; (4) policies as a reflection of the library's philosophical underpinnings; (5) "do's" for writing policies; (6) what to cover in five general areas, i.e., service philosophy, general operation of the library, collection development, personnel, and public access to electronic resources; (7) problems that might still arise in libraries with policies; (8) the confidentiality of library records; and (9) intellectual freedom. Appendices include: the Library Bill of Rights; an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights regarding access to electronic information, services, and networks; the "Freedom to Read" statement; guidelines from the Vermont State Library on compliance with the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act; guidelines for trustees' by-laws; a list of publications and Web sites for further reading; a sample form for challenging library materials; and sample policies from four libraries. (MES)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Libraries, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont