Using the Library

Circulation Policy

Patrons of the Montpelier Harrison Township Library may check out the following items:

Confidentiality:

All information maintained by the library relative to a borrower’s name, address and materials borrowed is considered confidential.

Loan Terms:

The Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library is part of the Evergreen Indiana Consortium, which fosters the greatest use by the greatest number of people.

Patrons of the Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library may check out the following items:

4 dvd’s per address, (only 2 of the newest dvd’s may be checked out at one time and only 4 dvd’s total  per address), 15 books, 5 magazines, 5 audio books, and 5 music cds. Patrons must be 18 years or older to check out dvd’s.

Late fees:  .25 per day per item.  If a patron accumulates a $10.00 or more in late fees they may not check out items.

Patrons 65 years or older may have a senior citizen fine free consideration.

Non Resident Cards: $40.00 for each individual.

Computers:

The library has 5 patron computer stations. No library card is required to use the computers. Three computers are for all of the public. Two computers are not to be used for  internet searches or games and are for children’s use only. Those under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian sign the internet policy permission statement for all computer usage. Patrons must sign in before using the computers. A sign-up sheet is available at the circulation desk. Wireless internet is available. Wireless internet users must follow the libraries internet rules.

Copy, Faxing and Laminating Prices:

Copies are .25 for black and white and $1.00 for each page. Sending a fax is $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. Receiving a fax is $1.00 for the first page and .50 for each additional page. Laminating prices are as follows: $1.00 for billfold size, $1.50 for 4 by 6 inch and $2.00 for 8 1/2 by 11 inch.

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reviewed and adopted: August 9th, 2016

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

General Access Internet Computers

Internet users must sign an Acceptable Use Policy when logging onto a library computer, either as a card-holder or as a gust (non-cardholder). All patrons who wish to use the internet must check in at the Circulation Desk. Users must sign in on the Internet Usage Sheet, note the time and indicate which computer they will be using. Patrons may use the computers up to 1/2 hour a day unless given special permission by the Librarian or Staff. Patrons may make copies on eh printer provided for public usage. Black and white copies are, .25 a page and color copies are $1.00.

In order to use the general access Internet computers, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian and they must remain with the child at all times. Or parental/legal guardian signatures must be on file at the library.

One patron/child at a time may be at the internet computer, and must follow Library rules of behavior. If a patron/willfully misbehaves or abuses the computer, the privilege of using the computer may be suspended.

CIPA

In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Ace (CIPA), all computer terminals in the library with access to the Internet will be filtered to meet the requirements of the act. Upon request, the filter will be disabled by the staff for use by an adult, so long as said usage does not violate other terms of this policy.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Internet users must sign an Acceptable Use Policy, either as a card-holder or as a guest (non-cardholder). There are no age limitations on who  can use the library’s wireless Internet access. The wireless signal is filtered to the same extent as the general access computers thus meeting the CIPA requirements.

Non-Internet Children’s Computers

Non-internet computers for children are available for use subject to the following guidelines: time restrictions may be imposed; users may not load any programs or store any files on the library’s computers; and charges will be imposed for printing. Programs already installed on these computers are for children. Children must sign-up to use the computers and have a signed agreement from the parent/legal guardian.

Limits

The library will not provide home page service or electronic mail (e-mail) service for patrons, although users may access e-mail through free services available on eh Internet. Because of the bandwidth by interactive uses, activities such as chat rooms, instant messaging, and interactive game playing are not permitted. Information may be downloaded onto the user’s own external storage device, but patrons may not download any programs or store any files on the library’s computers, including files changing desktop or screensaver appearance. The library staff is authorized to delete any files on the hard drive or public access disks.

The following activities are not permitted by library internet users; the list is not exhaustive. Library internet users cannot:

  1. Access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material;
  2. Transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language;
  3. Violate any local, state, or federal statute;
  4. Vandalize, damage or disable the property of another individual or organization without permission;
  5. Access another individual’s materials, information, or files without permission;
  6. Violate copyright or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission;
  7. Disrupt any of the Internet networks as a whole or any equipment or system forming part of the library’s connection to the internet.
  8. Make mass distribution or other form or intrusive “broadcast” of any message over the internet, including but not limited to advertising.

The Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library reserves the right to interpret its own rules and procedures, and to change them anytime. Any conditions or situations not provided for in these rules and procedures may be decided by the Library Director. The Library Director shall have the right to waive the rules and procedures when ever it is in the best interest of the library to do so.

Reviewed and adopted: July 12th, 2016

Behavior in the Library

The Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library Board reserves the right to eject patrons from the library premises, and to refuse the further admission to individuals who violate the rights of the staff or library users, or who create disorder on library premises in any of the following situations:

1. Any situation in which the actions of a person present an imminent danger to the life or safety of others on the library premises.

2. Any situation in which a person is observed in an attempt to steal library property or that of another library user, or to maliciously destroy library property or that of another library user.

3. Any situation in which a person willfully and purposefully disturbs the staff or other library users in any way that is disruptive to the legitimate use of the library facilities by others.

4. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:Loitering, gambling, voyeurism, smoking, public intoxication, sleeping, molestation, possession of a controlled substance, use of obscene language, solicitation.

5. In addition, no food or beverages are allowed in the library, with the following exceptions:Food and/or non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in meeting rooms during meetings which have been registered with library staff.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the library.

Library staff may bring their meals during library hours.  These meals must be eaten in an appropriate area.

VIOLATORS:  Persons who violate these rules will be asked to leave the library premises, or when appropriate, will be subject to arrest.  Repeated violators and/or those who refuse to leave will be subject to arrest and prosecution under Section 35-43-2-2 of the Indiana Code entitled, “Criminal Trespass”.

Reviewed and Adopted:  July 12th, 2016

Building and Grounds Policy

Meeting Room Policy

  1. The meeting rooms are for the use of the library, its programs, library-related organizations and, as time permits, other organizations or individuals for educational. recreational, social, and cultural programs. First priority is given to library-sponsored events.
  2. The library reserves the right to refuse use of the facilities or limit the frequency of use by a particular group to ensure fair access to all.
  3. The use of the library’s meeting rooms does not constitute and endorsement of an organization’s policies or beliefs.
  4. Users of the rooms may not solicit attendance or purchase from members of the public in common areas on library property.
  5. The library, its Board of Trustees and its employees do no assume any liability for groups or individuals attending a meeting in the library, nor are the responsible for any personal property brought to or left in the building relative to the use of those rooms.
  6. Tenants may not use the library’s address or telephone number to receive reservations or to dispense information about their events. No message service during events will be provided by the library staff.
  7. If the meeting in the library’s meting rooms might extend past the library’s regular business hours, the tenant must advise this at the time the room is booked so arrangements can be made.
  8. The tenant will be financially responsible for any soiling or damage incurred while occupying the space. The room(s) is to be left in as-found condition.
  9. The Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library Board of Trustees will require more than one adult present whenever a library meeting room is booked for children’s club’s and events.

Bulletin Board

1.  Library information is a priority for Public Notice Bulletin Boards.

2.  Bulletin board postings are accepted when space allows and are available to any local non-profit organization.

3.  Bulletin board postings are accepted from individual citizens.

4.  All political campaign or ballot-related literature is excluded.

5.  All material must be submitted to the Library Director or Clerks to determine whether the material falls within the posting policy.

6.  The Library Director and Board of Trustees reserve the right to approve or disapprove any and all material submitted for display on library premises.

7.  Removal of any posted material will be done at the discretion of the Library Director or clerks.

Reviewed and Adopted: July 12th, 2016

 Technology Plan

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this technology plan is to guide the librarian and trustees in building and maintaining the library’s technological services and its automated system. The focus of this plan is to outline the objectives of the Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library regarding the technological advances for the future.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library is to provide access to a broad range of ideas and information, Materials in a variety of formats and various services will be made available in a suitable, accessible environment for the residents of the library district and for others as may be appropriate for their information, recreation, and education as well as other acceptable uses. this will be done by trained personnel under direction of the librarian and staff, according to the policies and plans adopted by the Library Board of Trustees.

Current Technology

The library maintains a webpage and continues to offer internet access to the staff and the public.

The library has 3 public computers in addition to 2 children’s computers and wifi. There is an office computer and a front desk work computer work station.

  1. The internet was upgraded to fiber optics for quicker connect times and increased access.

Goals and Objectives

  1. The library will continue the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the library’s automated system.
  2. The library will continue to provide public access to our catalog and services thru Evergreen Indians.
  3. The library will maintain and or upgrade current hardware and software.
  4. The library will assess the equipment regularly, budget for replacement of equipment and or upgrades.
  5. The library will provide training for staff for the use of the automated system and provide continuing education classes online as necessary.

Backup and Maintenance

Full weekly backups are performed on Monday’s. All of the computers are maintained and checked quarterly by a certified technician.

Timeline

Year One:2016-2017

Hardware: Add 2 new touchscreen computers for children’s use. Purchase new computers to replace obsolete machines. Purchase 2 e-readers.

Software: Gather information on scanners to digitize archival materials.

Inventory: Review and update technology inventory.

Grants: Gather information on grants to support technology updates.

Staff: Offer and encourage staff online technology courses.

Year Two: 2017-2018

Hardware: Purchase new computers to replace obsolete machines. Purchase 2 e-readers. Purchase flat screen Smart LED Television of meeting room.

Software Purchase new computer programs for computers. Review information gathered on scanners to digitize archival materials.

Inventory: Review and update technology inventory.

Grants: Gather information on grants to support technology updates.

Staff: Offer and encourage staff online technology updates.

Year Three: 2018-2019

Hardware: Purchase new computers to replace obsolete computers. Purchase 2 e-readers. Purchase projector screen. Purchase flat screen television for main floor.

Software: Purchase new computer programs for computers. Purchase scanner for archival material.

Inventory: Review and update technology inventory.

Grants: Gather information on grants to support technology updates.

Staff: Offer and encourage staff online technology courses.

Reviewed and adopted August 9, 2016

Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library Long Range Plan 2017-2020

Approved and Adopted: June 13th, 2017

  Our Mission
The mission of the Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library is to provide access to ideas and information. Materials in a variety of formats and various services will be made available in a suitable, accessible environment for the residents of the library district and for others as may be appropriate for their information, recreation and education as well as other acceptable uses. This will be done by trained personnel under the direction of a qualified librarian according to the policies and plans adopted by the Library Board of Trustees.

Introduction
 Informational, educational, recreational and technological needs of the Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library service area are becoming more diverse. These needs and expectations translate into an increased demand for the library to deliver the most accurate and up-to-date resources in a variety of formats by a well trained, knowledgeable staff in the best possible environment.

Statement of Community Needs and Goals

Community needs and goals will be based on feedback from staff, board members, the community and ongoing cooperative ventures with Evergreen Indiana. Collaboration and partnership with other community organizations and local schools will help with accessing the needs of the community and that will help us achieve our goal of meeting those needs.

Assessment of Facilities, Services, Technology, and Operations

Montpelier Harrison Township Public Library meets and in some cases, exceeds basic state standards for our facility, hours of operation, programs, technology and collections.

 Community 

We support and assist those who foster a love of life-long learning through library resources and programming.

Objectives:

  1. Patrons will have ready access to a wide variety of programs and materials to meet their general information, basic literacy and formal learning needs.
  2. Collect materials that supplement and complement school collections.
  3. Develop collections and programs that encourage reading and learning for children, young adults, and families.
  4. Provide access to collections throughout the state by remaining a member of Evergreen Indiana.
  5. Continue to provide E-Book formats through Overdrive Consortium.

Goals:

Continually evaluate the entire collection of materials to ensure the needs of the community are being met.

Maintain a 6 week summer reading program and programs for families and children throughout the year.

Continue to look for ways to promote programs and services.

Technology

We fully support the technological infrastructure needed to bring the latest technological and informational resources to the community.

Objectives:

  1. Use appropriate technologies to give the community access to library resources.
  2. Provide and maintain high speed internet and provide wireless access to patrons.
  3. Maintain an up-to-date library website and provide current information through social networking.
  4. We will continue to provide instruction for patrons with questions regarding the technology we offer.

Goals:

Monitor changing technology and add or upgrade resources and services.

Increase our use of social media.

Add and update computer programs and computers for children.

 Building

We are an essential part of the community we serve and we offer a safe and welcoming environment to patrons and staff.

Objectives:

  1. Maintain current facilities by continual inspection of the grounds and building.
  2. Collaborate with and provide meeting areas for local organizations.
  3. Improve signage throughout the facility.
  4. Provide the community with a trained and highly motivated staff.

Goals:

 Develop outreach programs to ensure that members of the community are aware of library resources and services to assist them with their research, educational, recreational needs.

Identify segments of the population which may be underserved in regard to library services and determine whether they have needs that the library could meet.
Financial Resources and Sustainability

  1. Our Operating Budget will be based on available sources of public funding and will not exceed the assessed valuation growth quotient for that budget year.
  2. We may augment the budget by grants.
  3. We depend on community contributions and Friends of the Library to help fund our library for extra projects the library has throughout the year not funded in the budget.
  4. We budget each year to add to and maintain our LIRF and Rainy Day Fund.

Staff

Objectives:

  1. Provide the community with a trained and highly motivated staff.
  2. Maintain a staff that believes in the Library’s mission and values, consistently delivering excellent service to the community.

 Goals:

Identify staff training needs on an annual basis.

Continue to provide training to appropriate library staff in areas such as customer service, time management, publicity and marketing library resources and computer skills.

Seek out a variety of formats and various venues for training and networking opportunities.

Encourage staff to seek at least one non-mandated training activity annually.

Ongoing Evaluation Process

Library staff, administration, and board of trustees will formally review this plan annually. Changes to the plan will be documented in board minutes and sent to the State Library.