Revisions to Ann Arbor District Library policies were approved unanimously by the AADL board at its Feb. 17, 2014 meeting. The proposed revisions had been presented to the board at its meeting on Jan. 20, 2014.
The changes affect more than a dozen sections of the AADL policy manual, which covers a wide range of issues spanning overall library philosophy to circulation policies and rules of behavior for patrons. Among the changes include a new policy to offer free library cards to non-resident students and staff at state-sanctioned schools within AADL’s district.
The board’s policy committee had already reviewed all revisions that were proposed by AADL staff and vetted by legal counsel.
Revisions were made in the following sections of the policy handbook. [Each topic in this list includes a .pdf file with the old policy, a marked-up version showing changes, and the new policy.]:
- AADL philosophy
- “Freedom to Read” policy
- Privacy statement
- Internet use policy
- MichNet acceptable use policy
- Interlibrary loan services
- Photocopying/fax services & fees
- Circulation policy
- Confidentiality policy
- Requests for access to records from general public
- Display/distribution of materials by outside groups
- Rules of behavior in public sectors
- Unattended child policy
- Equal employment opportunity & affirmative action policy
In separate action, the board voted to eliminate five policies, which have been incorporated into other policies or were outdated: (1) freedom to view; (2) providing access to computer-based resources; (3) release of minor child’s records; (4) fines for damaged or lost materials; and (5) business use of facilities.
This brief was filed from the fourth-floor boardroom of the downtown library at 343 S. Fifth Ave. A more detailed report will follow: [link]