A. Reconsideration Request for an Item in the Library System

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B. The ALA Council Library Bill of Right

Adopted June 18, 1948; Amended February 2, 1961 and January 23, 1980

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services:

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgement of free expression and free access to ideas.
  5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, background, or views.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting room available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

C. Acceptable Internet Use Agreement

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Parental Permission Agreement for Internet Use

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D. Meeting Space Request Form

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E. Library Display Release of Responsibility

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F. Kingston Library Mission Statement

Adopted April 17, 2014

The mission of the Kingston Library is to be a vital center in our diverse community that inspires lifelong learning and empowers our citizens by providing free and equal access to information, ideas, books and technology.

G. Memorandum of Agreement Between the Friends of Kingston Library and Kingston Library

Adopted January 19, 2012

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H. Proposed Revision of Library Policy Form

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I. Proper Usage, Specifically for the Google Email System

References to “Kingston Library Email & Calendar” updated to “Kingston Library Employee Services,” reflecting service branding changes.

The following are the guidelines for an employee’s use of his or her Kingston Library Employee Services account, provided by Google:

  1. Google Policy
    • Kingston Library Employee Services is hosted by Google. You must be sure to comply with Google’s Terms of Service at all times. You will be asked to accept Google’s Terms of Service the first time you log into your account.
  1. Checking Email
    • Your email account is to be checked on a daily basis. This because there may be communications pertaining to the library that you need to be aware of.
  1. Attachments and Links with Messages
    • While Google provides anti-virus scanning for all incoming attachments, you must use caution when opening attachments within your mail. Do not open attachments from unknown sources.
    • Opening executable attachments (files ending in “exe,” “pif,” “scr,” “bat,” etc.) is prohibited while using library computers.
    • Do not follow web links within messages from unknown senders. Such unknown links can lead to malicious web pages which could potentially compromise the security of Kingston Library computers.
    • Be aware of where web links lead – before following a link, hover your mouse over the link and look at the URL where it leads in the status bar of your browser. Doing so may reveal that a link that appears to be leading to msn.com in fact leads to a completely different web page.
  1. Passwords
    • Do not share your Kingston Library Employee Services password with anybody. This includes other Kingston Library employees.
    • Passwords should be created with security in mind. Use a mix of letter and numbers.
    • Do not use words for passwords – for example, “automobile” is not an acceptable password.
    • Replacing letters in a word with numbers is not acceptable, either – no matter how clever you may think it is, “aut0m0bile” with two zeroes is not much more secure than “automobile.”
  1. Distributing Email Addresses to Patrons
    Do not give out employee email addresses to patrons for library functions, such as holds, renewals, etc. Instead, distribute one of the following approved email addresses. This policy makes any staff changes transparent to patrons and makes sure that patron email always get delivered to the appropriate person.
    • billing@kingstonlibrary.org
    • Childrens@kingstonlibrary.org
    • director@kingstonlibrary.org
    • holds@kingstonlibrary.org
    • reference@kingstonlibrary.org
    • techservices@kingstonlibrary.org

J. Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request Form

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K. Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Appeal Form

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