2015 Library Policies and Board Bylaws Workshop
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Port Library, Beloit
9:30 am to 3:00 pm Lunch will be on your own
This year’s incentive grant required libraries to submit library policies. I have noticed some librarians and boards appear to believe their libraries function well without policies. Here are several reasons policies would improve the functioning of your libraries and boards.
Library policies establish relationships and interactions between patrons, library staff, library administration, materials, and buildings. One duty of the library board is to ensure these relationships and interactions are proper, i.e., protect the rights and needs of all the entities listed above. How do library boards guide these relationships outside board meetings? Through well-written policies.
- Each year library boards receive two new members. How can new members be brought up to speed on how the library works? By reading up-to-date policies.
- How does the library board know whether or not the library director and staff are doing their jobs correctly? Comparing library work with library policy.
- Bad policies, poorly implemented can lose the library law suits.
This workshop is Chris Rippel’s response to the library policies submitted this year and suggestions for the bylaws to be submitted next year.
This workshop will:
- Which policies submitted by CKLS members violate state and federal laws or are just not up-to-date?
- What issues/questions do policies address?
- How should policies balance patron’s rights with the library’s needs to conduct business? When patrons are kicked out of the library for misbehavior, they are being denied a First Amendment right to use the library. Determining who can and cannot speak in meeting rooms may also deny First Amendment protected free speech. In both cases, patrons can sue. If library policies are not correctly written and implemented, the library will lose the suit.
- Comparisons between policies.
- Personnel policies: sick leave accumulation, vacation time, leave, holidays, etc.
- What is the relationship between overdue fines, checkout period, and amount of overdues?
- How are library policies organized for ease of use?
Where and how can I find examples of other policies?
Starting a LEGO Robotics Club In Your Library
Monday, August 31, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Glen Elder Library
105 S Mill Street
Glen Elder, KS
Rachel Jones of Glen Elder Library will present the workshop to help librarians, library staff and library volunteers start a LEGO Robotics program. CKLS' CE grant can be used for anyone, including volunteers, to attend this workshop.