The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic principles should guide their services.
The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.
The Library supports the principles of the Freedom to Read Statement and Library Bill of Rights (see appendices) and provides within financial and spatial limitations, a large, responsive and stimulating collection of material to assist in the personal and social development of citizens irrespective of age, race, religion, national background, or economic, social or professional status. All print materials are selected by this Library in accordance with these basic objectives. The Library is committed to acquiring new media as they become available and prove to meet the needs of our community.
In compliance with LSA-RS 42:1119 which prohibits the Library from doing business with Board Members or their families...
Because of their job responsibilities, certain employees are assigned a credit card that is to be used only for purchases for the Rapides Parish Library. Employees with a credit card will provide the Business Manager with the original of the receipt for each purchase made. The employee should keep a copy of each receipt. If the receipt is lost or misplaced, the employee should contact the vendor and request a duplicate copy.
The legal custodian of records for the Rapides Parish Library is the Library Director. As the legal custodian of records, the Library Director is the person responsible for responding to any request for library records or information about a library customer.
The case is available on a first-come, first-served reservation basis for educational, artistic, informational, or cultural displays.
The library will take every precaution to safeguard the display exhibited by keeping the cases locked. However, the library assumes no liability for damage to the display items. A display case agreement must be signed before an exhibit is placed in the case. A time for the display to be removed will be established when the agreement is signed.
These resources contain a wealth of valuable information. However, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated, or offensive. Use of these resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Parents, not the library, are responsible for the use of these resources by their children. Lawful use of electronic resources is the individual’s responsibility.
The freedom to read is essential to our democracy.
All funds received by the Library shall be deposited in one or more designated depositories no later than the business day following the receipt and shall be deposited in the same form in which they were received.
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The purpose of this policy on materials circulation for Rapides Parish Library is to guide in the circulation of materials, based on the Rapides Parish Library Mission Statement.
The Rapides Parish Library meeting rooms are used for Library (or Library sponsored) activities (programs, conferences, seminars, and exhibits.) Meeting rooms are also available to other groups of a civic, cultural, charitable, fraternal, social or educational nature. Religious, business and political groups may use the meeting rooms.
The mission of the Rapides Parish Library is to promote lifelong learning, enhanced quality of life, and literacy through print, audiovisual and electronic resources. The Library staff ensures that all citizens receive the maximum value from available informational, educational and recreational materials.
From time to time, the Library is asked to post or make available for distribution announcement flyers or other materials from organizations or individuals promoting their activities or points of view.
As an agency dependent upon tax revenues of Rapides Parish to operate, Rapides Parish Library fulfills the requirements of a governmental agency, and as such, will comply with these statutes as required, following state guidelines while maintaining confidentiality records of employees as required by law.
No person, whether an adult or minor, shall do anything that disturbs other customers or prevents them from enjoying the use of the library inside the buildings, on the grounds, sidewalks or parking lots. Neither shall Library staff be expected to tolerate such behavior.
Rapides Parish Library's policy on sex offenders complies with the statutory mandates set forth in La. R.S. 14:91-2.
The safety and the welfare of children left alone in the Library is a serious concern of the Library Board of Control and the administration. Children, left unattended, may become frightened, anxious, bored, or disruptive. Their behavior can easily have a negative impact on the enjoyment of the Library by others.
The Rapides Parish Library offers free wireless access for library customers to use with their own personal devices.