Board Of Trustee By-LawsPosted: November 22nd 2013 - 3:39 PM
Computer Use And Internet Access PolicyPosted: July 10th 2013 - 11:40 AM
Board Approved October 2010
Computer UseThe Twin Falls Public Library offers:60 minutes each day for TFPL Library card holders, Lynx Consortium card holders, or Computer-Use-Only card holders. 30 minute sessions for Visitors cost $1.00 per session (those under 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian).Printing is available from all Computer stations on a prepaid basis. Black and white copies can be made at $.15 each; color copies can be made at $.25 each. Users may store up to $25.00 in their prepaid accounts.Our online public access computers (PAC) are designated for the use of the Library catalog and its related online activities. If general computer use is needed, the patron must sign up for a 30 minute or a 60 minute computer session.Patrons under the age of 18 are to use the Computer Stations in Youth Services. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for their children's use of the computer.Two card holders may be seated at the same station for the duration of a session. A limited number of additional observers may be allowed in designated areas at the discretion of the Staff.Flash drives may be purchased at the Library for use in the computers. Certain other peripheral devices may also be used on designated computers. Installation or downloading of software is not allowed.The Library's computers may not be used for any illegal or criminal purposes including but not limited to:
- Attempting to damage computer equipment or software
- Causing degradation of system performance
- Violating copyright laws or software licensing agreements
- Engaging in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous
- Using the Library's Internet service to gain unauthorized access to the Library's networks or computer systems or to any other network system.
Internet AccessTwin Falls Public Library provides access to the Internet in support of one of the Library's roles as a leading public provider of information and lifelong learning resources.Even though the Library has no control over what information and images are available on the Internet, Library Staff is available to identify specific starting points for searches and links to sources which are considered accurate. The Library, however, assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of information or images which users may access on the Internet. The Library provides a server-based filter on all Computer Stations to help prevent access to inappropriate content. An unfiltered computer can be made available for lawful purposes when requested by an adult. Nevertheless, because sites on the Internet change often, the Library cannot protect users from all information and images which they may find offensive or disturbing.The Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents or legal guardians to guide their children's use of all Library resources, including the computers. The Library does not provide any monitoring except as may be required to ensure compliance with Library policies and/or procedures.The Library computers, on which the public can access the Internet, are located in public areas which are shared by Library users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Individuals are to respect the sensibilities of others. Use of the computers for such things as accessing pornography, extreme violence or illegal activities is deemed inappropriate and unacceptable in the Library.Users are also cautioned that because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, all transactions, files, and communication are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use, and therefore, should be considered public.
Disclaimers of Responsibility:The Library assumes no responsibility and liability for any loss, harm or damage incurred by anyone using the Library's computing resources. All computer users at Twin Falls Public Library agree to hold the Library harmless from any claims, losses, damages or obligations related to the use to the Internet. The same rules of conduct which govern use of all Twin Falls Public Library facilities and collections apply to the use of the Computers.Users who violate this Computer Use and Internet Access Policy will have a block placed upon their Library card. A second violation will result in another block being placed upon their card. At this time, a warning will be given that with a third violation, the patron will be banned from using the Library's computers for not less than two weeks. For serious or repeated offenses, users may be permanently banned at the Library Director's discretion.
Wireless Internet Access PolicyPosted: April 29th 2013 - 11:30 AM
Board Approved October 2010The Twin Falls Public Library provides free wireless filtered access to the Internet using industry standard wireless equipment. Users may connect to the Internet from laptop computers or other wireless devices from most locations within the building. However, no printing services are available for wireless users.Users are responsible for configuring their own equipment. The Library does not provide technical support for establishing or maintaining a connection nor equipment configurations.The Library is not responsible for any changes made to an individual's computer settings and does not guarantee that a user's hardware will work with the Library's wireless connection.The Library is not responsible for any personal information (i.e. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to hardware or software due to electrical surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. All wireless access users are individually responsible for maintaining current virus protection on personal laptop computers or wireless devices.The Library reserves the right to terminate a wireless Internet session at any time. Wireless users agree to abide by the Library's Computer Use and Internet Access Policy while using the Library's wireless network.
Interlibrary Loan PoliciesPosted: April 29th 2013 - 11:30 AM
Board Approved July 2006ILL borrowing for our TFPL patrons:An ILL request for a specific title is reviewed first as a "consideration to purchase". Subject requests are considered first as "reference questions" and TFPL resources are checked to see if the information is already available at TFPL. If the material or information is not found to be available at TFPL, or is deemed inappropriate to purchase, the request will be treated as an ILL transaction.
- ILL service is for TFPL cardholders only. All TFPL circulation services policies apply to ILL.
- A patron may have up to three ILL requests in process at a given time.
- TFPL agrees to abide by all requirements of lending libraries, and requires patrons to abide by the lender's policies as well as those of TFPL.
- TFPL neither assesses fees for ILL, nor charges patrons for postage. However, any fees levied by the lending library are the responsibility of the patron; those fees may be collected before the transaction is entered.
- Lending periods are assigned by the lending library. Local use must reflect the time needed to process and return materials to the lender by the due date.
- Materials obtained for a TFPL patron but not picked up within the loan period will be returned to the lending library and $5 per unused item is assessed to the TFPL patron for non-use.
- Borrowed ILL materials returned late by TFPL patrons are assessed $1 per day per late item.
- Renewals must be requested a week before the due date. The cost of any phone calls needed to request renewals are assessed to the TFPL patron.
- Patrons may not return an item and immediately place another ILL for that item. At least three weeks must pass before that item can be requested again by the same patron.
Photographic Collection PolicyPosted: April 29th 2013 - 11:28 AM
Circulating & Non-Circulating Materials:
- Most 8x10 mounted prints, the 5x7 prints, and the positive and negative 35-mm slides are available for seven-day checkout.
- General Reference (GR) Mounted Prints are for In Library viewing only and do not circulate.
- All archival materials including the glass plate negatives will be held secure and used only to make replacement copies or for special uses approved by the Library Director.
- The Twin Falls Public Library Photographic Collection, except for the GR Mounted Prints, may be copied. (Use of the General Reference (GR) Photographs from other agencies is controlled by those agencies. TFPL will not copy GR photos. Requesting copies of these photos from other agencies is the sole responsibility of potential users.)
- In Library Print Copies: Scanned images up to 8x10 are available on copier paper (15 cents) or glossy photo paper ($1).
- In Library Digital Copies: Images up to 300 dpi (jpeg, tiff, etc.) are available on CD ($1) or by email.
- If copies are for public or commercial use see Commercial or Public Use below (commercial or public use is any use other than personal home use).
- For requests up to 15 images, please allow at least 10 working days for copies to be made. An order form is attached.
- Print and CD copies may be picked up at TFPL or mailed ($1.50). All orders are done at cost and must be prepaid.
- Requests of more than 15 images or images at higher resolutions will be considered on a special request basis and terms will be negotiated.
Copyright:Users assume all responsibility for questions of copyright that may arise in copying and the use made of the photographic copy. The Library will provide all available information about particular items in the photographic collection.
Commercial or Public Use:The Declaration of Commercial or Public Use must be filled out on the attached Order Form. This form will be signed by the Library Director/Asst. Director if commercial or public use meets all criteria in this Collection Policy. Failure to comply with all conditions will result in revocation of use of privileges and denial of photographic collections services.The photograph must be properly credited when used. The following is the basic credit required:Twin Falls Public Library, Photograph Number (In TFPL Photo Collection), and the photographer's name, if known.Photographs may be cropped to suit design and layout, but they may not be altered or drawn upon so that they look in any way different from the way they appear in the historical collection.
Laptop Loan Agreement For Adult PatronsPosted: February 28th 2013 - 12:00 AM
Twin Falls Public Library offers laptops for checkout within the Library building for adult patrons (18 years and older). A laptop can only be checked out to you if you present your physical Library Card to staff and if your account is in good standing. Please sign and date this agreement, denoting your acceptance of the following terms, before the laptop can be checked out to you:
- The laptop is to be kept within the Library building at all times.
- The laptop is for your use only. Lending the laptop to another person is prohibited.
- Laptops have a checkout period of one hour and fifteen minutes. The laptop must be returned within the checkout period.
- You will be responsible for repair fees if laptop is returned damaged, or replacement costs if the laptop is lost or damaged beyond repair. The value of a laptop is $700.
- All library policies, including the Computer Use Policy, are in effect with the laptops. Please be aware this includes the filtering software.
- No food or drink is allowed around laptops.
Failure to abide by these terms will result in a loss of checkout privileges.
Board Approved February 2011
Twin Falls Public Library is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of its patrons. The Twin Falls Public Library believes that maintaining privacy on the Web is very important, and that informing its visitors about the types of information it collects and how the Twin Falls Public Library uses the information is crucial in the protection and privacy of our patrons.
Acceptance of Terms
Disclaimer of Liability
The Twin Falls Public Library shall not be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained in the Twin Falls Public Library website and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The Twin Falls Public Library is a distributor of content sometimes supplied by third parties and patrons. Opinions, information and content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, patrons, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect the opinions of the Twin Falls Public Library.
The Twin Falls Public Library does not claim any responsibility for information collected by other websites linking to or from the Twin Falls Public Library website.
The Twin Falls Public Library has partnered with reputable vendors to provide certain services to online patrons. When patrons visit a partnered site, they are encouraged to become familiar with that partnered site's privacy statement.
Linking to Third Party Online Resources
As a reference and convenience the Twin Falls Public Library provides links to external online resources, websites, databases, and domains. Guidelines are included in determining which external online resources are acceptable. Those guidelines include, but are not limited to, content that is informational, governmental, cultural, intellectual. Content that is for commercial promotion is not considered acceptable and will not be posted. The Twin Falls Public Library has no control over content on third party sites and resources. The Twin Falls Public Library is not responsible for any material posted on those third party resources.
Online resources provided by and/or posted on the Twin Falls Public Library website are made available at the Twin Falls Public Library's discretion. The Twin Falls Public Library reserves the right to choose which links to post deemed necessary and legally allowable.