Policies

0001 General Policy Statement

The Flathead County Library System Board of Trustees has approved the name ImagineIF Libraries for the Library System. Library policies will be updated to reflect this change as policies come due for renewal.

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1001 Fair Treatment

The Flathead County Library System Board of Trustees has adopted the American Library
Association’s Library Bill of Rights. The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

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1002 Confidentiality

Confidentiality of library use is essential in creating an atmosphere that ensures citizens’ freedom to access information. The purpose of this policy is to safeguard the privacy of those who use the Flathead County Library System.

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1003 Protection of Copyright

It is the intent of the Flathead County Library System to comply with Title 17 of the United States code, titled “Copyrights,” and other federal legislation related to the duplication, retention, and use of copyrighted materials.

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1004 Donations

The Flathead County Library System Board of Trustees welcomes gifts, grants, donations, devises, or bequests of property, real or personal and is authorized by law “to accept gifts, grants, donations, devises, or bequests of property, real or personal, from whatever source and to expend or hold, work, and improve the same for the specific purpose of the gift, grant, donation, devise, or bequest.

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2001 Library Service

The Board of Trustees of the Flathead County Library System shall provide for library service to the residents of Flathead County through the Flathead County Library and other such service outlets as the Board chooses to establish.

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2002 Hours of Service

In accordance with the Montana State Library Public Library Standards, the Flathead County Library System will be open a minimum of 50 hours per week. Hours of service are set by the Flathead County Library System Board of Trustees and are subject to change as finances, staffing and usage patterns require.

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2003 Library Accessibility

The Flathead County Library System Board of Trustees strives to provide equal access to all library facilities, activities, and programs in adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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2004 Computer Use

To facilitate exploration, idea sharing, connection and collaboration, ImagineIF Libraries provide computers, Internet access and printing for the public.

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2009 Contracted Services

The Board of Trustees of the Flathead County Library System may choose to provide contracted service to other legal entities on request.

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2010 Customer Conduct

To better serve all library customers, the FCLS Board of Trustees has established standards of acceptable behavior to ensure a positive, welcoming, clean, and safe environment conducive to library use.

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2011 Photography, Videotaping

The duty of fulfilling the Library’s strategic plan is the first priority of the Flathead County Library System and the filming and photography described below is allowed only to the extent that it does not interfere with the provision of library services and is consistent with the Library’s strategic plan.

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2011-06 Safety of Children

The Flathead County Library System welcomes children to use the library and its resources to the fullest. The Library system strives to provide a safe environment but safety cannot be guaranteed.

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3001 Borrowing Privileges

Flathead County Library System will extend borrowing privileges to all residents of the State of Montana as well as to those persons who are temporarily residing in Flathead County. Borrowers must be in possession of an FCLS Library Card or a library card from a participating Partner Resource Sharing Group library.

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3002 Circulation of Materials to Organizations

The Board of Trustees of the Flathead County Library System is committed to providing service to as many as possible of those patrons who are unable, to come to the library. Such patrons may include, but are not limited to, those in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, retirement homes and preschool and daycare facilities.

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4003 Special Reference

The Flathead County Library System is committed to providing access to materials that satisfy customer interests and to enable life-long learning. Library staff is available to assist with self-directed research and help customers locate and use relevant research materials and library equipment.

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4004 Meeting Room Use

In keeping with the library system’s service priority: Residents will have safe and welcoming physical places to meet and interact with others; the Flathead County Library System provides public meeting space in the Main Library.

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4004-04 Marion Branch Meeting Room Use

Small groups of fewer than 10 people may meet in the Marion Branch during hours open to the public. Any group numbering over six people is asked to schedule with a staff member at least 24 hours in advance.

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4005 Art Exhibit and Display

The Flathead County Library System welcomes the opportunity for selected artists and groups to exhibit artwork for public viewing in our exhibit spaces. FCLS provides space for artists of diverse media and styles to display their work to the community.

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4005-A Art Exhibit and Display Application and Waiver

Apply to be an exhibited artist.

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4006 Bulletin Board Posting

The Flathead County Library System provides bulletin boards in some of its libraries for announcements promoting events and services of interest to the community.

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5000 Collection Development

The Collection Development Policy contains the policies relative to the selection, retention and withdrawal of materials for ImagineIF Libraries.

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6000 Personnel

The Flathead County Policy and Procedures Manual applies to all matters pertaining to personnel, unless otherwise noted in FCLS policy.

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6003 Continuing Education for Library Staff Members

The Flathead County Library System Board of Trustees believes that continuing education of staff members is vital to the provision of quality library service.

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6004 Volunteer

The Library Board of Trustees encourages a volunteer program, designed to supplement and enhance services to the public through effective use of the talents and expertise of volunteers.

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