Programming/ Website/ Petty Cash/ Public Relations/ Volunteer Policy


Programming

  • Programming is a vital part of library service. It expands the library’s role as a community resource, introduces customers and non-users to information and resources, provides entertainment, offers opportunities for lifelong learning, and expands the visibility of the library.
  • All library programs are open to the public, although some programs may be more appropriate for age-specific audiences. Programs targeted toward specific audiences are advertised as such.
  • Selection of library program topics is made by library staff based on the interests and needs of library users and the community.
  • Programs include speakers, discussions, exhibits, displays, classes, workshops, presentations, performances, movies, music, games, story times, etc.
  • Programming may be planned in cooperation with other agencies, organizations, and educational institutions.
  • Profession presenters may be hired for their specialized expertise
  • Most programs are free to participants. Some programs require a small fee for materials. All fees are advertised in advance.

Website

  • The library’s website provides information about library events, a calendar of activities, a directory, basic library and policy information, catalog and customer account access.
  • The library’s website is ADA compliant.
  • Useful links to other websites and library sponsored databases are included.
  • The library strives to keep its website current, informative and easy to use.

Petty Cash

  • Petty cash refers to a fund used for making small, emergency expenditure.
  • A petty cash request form must be completed by the person receiving the funds and signed by the director.
  • A sales receipt for the items purchase must accompany the request form.
  • The director serves as the custodian of the petty cash account.

Public Relations

  • The library strives to promote an understanding of the library’s mission and series among government officials, community leaders, and the general public and to promote use of library materials and services.
  • The library strives to establish and maintain a professional reputation as a place for sharing and exchange of information and ideas.
  • The library also strives to increase awareness of library materials and services among non-users.
  • The library uses print and non-print forms of communication to promote its collection and services.
  • Library staff members are expected to participate in community activities to promote library services.
  • Routine news releases concerning library events, programs and services are issued by staff.
  • With the approval of the director, staff may give interviews dealing with specific library events.
  • The Board of Directors and the library director are responsible for dealing with the media on controversial issues and plans for or policies of the library.
  • Contacts by employees with the media as representatives of the library are restricted to those duly appointed as library spokesperson by the Board of Directors or the library director.

Volunteer Policy

  • A volunteer is any individual, 15 years or older, who assists with work done at the library without wages, benefits, or other compensations.
  • Volunteers enhance, rather than replace adequate staffing.
  • Volunteer talents, experience, availability and interests are considered when making work assignments.
  • Both the volunteer and the library have the right to terminate the volunteer’s association with the library at any time, for any reason, with or without cause.
  • The public recognizes volunteers as representatives of the library.
  • Volunteers are bound by the rules contained in library policy, especially as it relates to privacy and confidentiality.
  • Volunteers must follow the same work and behavior codes as employees.
  • Prospective volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application form.
  • Completion of an application does not guarantee placement as a library volunteer.
  • Applications are processes within one month of receipt.
  • Minors may only work as volunteers with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
  • All volunteers will have staff supervisors.
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