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♦ By-Laws of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
Library Rules of Conduct
The Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library's behavior rules have a threefold purpose: to protect the rights and safety of library patrons, to protect the rights and safety of staff members, and to preserve and protect the library's materials, facilities and property.
Definitions and Scope
These behavior rules shall apply to all buildings, interior and exterior, and all grounds controlled and operated by the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library (such buildings and grounds are hereafter referred to as the "premises") and to all persons entering in or on the premises.
Persons who violate these rules may be ejected from the premises and excluded from all library premises for the period of time listed below.
Library users and staff members may not engage in:
Any person who violates rules 1-4 while in or on the premises will be immediately ejected and excluded from all Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library premises without first being given a warning. Any person so excluded shall lose all Library privileges for a period of up to three years, and the incident will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Any person who violates rules 5-17 while in or on the premises will be given up to one warning at the discretion of Library staff; then the person will be asked to leave the premises for the day. Subsequent offenses by that person will result in that person's immediate ejection and exclusion from all Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library premises. Any person so excluded shall lose all library privileges for a period of up to one year.
Any person who violates rules 18-21 while in or on the premises will be given up to two warnings at the discretion of Library staff; then the person will be asked to leave the premises for the day. Subsequent offenses by that person will result in that person's immediate ejection and exclusion from all Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library premises. Any person so excluded shall lose all Library privileges for a period of up to six months.
Any person who violates rules 22 and 23 while in or on the premises will be excluded from the premises until the problem is corrected.
Approved and Adopted byt the Board of Trustees May 9, 1995
Internet Policy and Use Procedure
In keeping with its mission and with advances in information technology, the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library (HKDPL) endeavors to provide access to the Internet as an extension of traditional reference and informational services, to meet the cultural, informational, educational and recreational needs of Haverstraw's diverse multicultural community.
Access to the Internet is compatible with the HKDPL's endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights; the Freedom to Read Statement; the Freedom to View; Access to Electronic Information Services and Networks; and with the policies, goals, and objectives of this public library.
The internet is a fundamental resource that offers access to a wealth of information, but at present it is an unregulated electronic global medium that changes daily. The information is often not verifiable as accurate and users should be aware that errors and intentional misinformation sometimes occur. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content, quality, accuracy or currency.
The Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its electronic services, or from its connections to other Internet services. Library users access the Internet at their own risk. Responsibility for minors' access and use of library materials, including the Internet, rests with the parents or legal guardians, not the Library.
It is not acceptable to use the HKDPL Internet connection for purposes contrary to state or federal laws; nor to interfere with or disrupt other users, services or equipment; nor for unauthorized sales and marketing of products or services. As with all formats of information, users must respect copyright laws and licensing agreements. Library users abusing this shared service or the Library policy will be prohibited from further access. Library users whose actions violate local, state, or federal law may be subject to criminal prosecution.
These procedures and guidelines are set to insure fair and reasonable use of Internet resources for the maximum number of potential users. Due to the emerging nature of these services, policies are subject to change at the discretion of the Library.
RESERVATION AND ALLOWANCES
USE OF THE INTERNET WORKSTATION
Approved and Adopted by the Board of Trustees July 28, 1998
So that the Library may remain a place of enjoyment for all our patrons, telecommunication devices (example: cell phones, pagers) must be turned off or switched down to their lowest audible level in designated "quiet areas." Conversation and cell phone use is limited to lobby areas (where available).
Use of Library for Private Business
Purpose: This policy defines appropriate usage of public spaces within the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library facilities. Primary use of Library space is reserved for Library-sponsored programs or Library-sanctioned programs including Literacy Solutions and North Rockland Central School District home instruction. This includes use of the Community Rooms, Tutor Rooms, Group Work Room and/or Quiet Study Room.
Policy Statement: The Board of Trustees will not provide access to public space for the conduct of private business by individuals or businesses. This may include, but is not limited to, privately-paid tutoring, presentations to prospective clients for paid services and/or solicitation of goods and services.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees November 11, 1997
Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records
1. It is the policy of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public to specifically recognize that its circulation records and other records containing names or other personal identifying details of library users are confidential in nature.
2. All librarians and library employees are advised such records shall not be made available or disclosed to any persons or entity, including any agency of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigative power, or as otherwise required by statute.
3. The issuance or enforcement of any such process, order, or subpoena may, at the discretion of Library Administrator and Board, be resisted until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.
4. Notwithstanding anything above to the contrary, such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of the library (as shall be determined by the Library Administrator or Board of Trustees) and upon the consent or request of the library user identified by such records.
Approved and Adopted by the Board of Trustees June 1995
Fire Alarm Procedure
When our fire alarm goes off, even if it is a false alarm, everyone must immediately and quickly vacate the building. This is not the Library's policy, this is mandated by the Town of Haverstraw Fire Marshal. Please remember that the elevator is never to be used during an alarm. In addition, do not park in the fire lane. Town Police will ticket your car. We appreciate your complete cooperation in these matters.
Whistle Blower Policy
Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library is committed to operating in furtherance of its taxexempt purposes and in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including those concerning accounting and auditing, and prohibits fraudulent practices by any of its board members, officers, employees, or volunteers. This policy outlines a procedure for employees to report actions that an employee reasonably believes violates a law, or regulation or that constitutes fraudulent accounting or other practices. This policy applies to any matter which is related to Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library’s business and does not relate to private acts of an individual not connected to the business of Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library.
If an employee has a reasonable belief that either an employee or the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library has engaged in any action that violates any applicable law, or regulation, including those concerning accounting and auditing, or constitutes a fraudulent practice, the employee is expected to immediately report such information to the Library Director. If the employee does not feel comfortable reporting the information to the Library Director, he or she is expected to report the information to the President of the Board of Trustees.
All reports will be followed up promptly, and an investigation conducted. In conducting its investigations, the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library will strive to keep the identity of the complaining individual as confidential as possible, while conducting an adequate review and investigation.
Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library will not retaliate against an employee in the terms and conditions of employment because that employee: (a) reports to a supervisor, to the executive director, the Board of Directors or to a federal, state or local agency what the employee believes in good faith to be a violation of the law; or (b) participates in good faith in any resulting investigation or proceeding, or (c) exercises his or her rights under any state or federal law(s) or regulation(s) to pursue a claim or take legal action to protect the employee’s rights.
Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library may take disciplinary action (up to and including termination) against an employee who in management’s assessment has engaged in retaliatory conduct in violation of this policy.
In addition, the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library will not, with the intent to retaliate, take any action harmful to any employee who has provided to law enforcement personnel or a court truthful information relating to the commission or possible commission by the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library or any of its employees of a violation of any applicable law or regulation.
Supervisors will be trained on this policy and the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library’s prohibition against retaliation in accordance with this policy.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, August 12, 2014
♦ Board Minutes
When: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Where: Board Meeting Room, Main Library at Garnerville.
Who: Board Meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.
Archive: 2012 - Present
Director: Claudia Depkin
Head of Adult Services: Naomi Goldberg Honor
Head of Teen Servicess: Patrice Gottfried
Head of Youth Services:
Head of Technical Services
Head of Custodial Services: Jessie Moore
If you are interested in holding a program at the library or reserving a room, please contact Cheryl Fellner at (845) 786-3800.
If your program pertains to a specific department, please get in touch with one of the department heads listed above.