Part Three

XI. Computer & Related Materials Use Policy
  • The library will provide public-use computers along with the related hardware and software.
    • The Librarian shall be responsible for the setting of time use limits, reservation policies, and other day-to-day rules for use of the computers and related materials.
    • Materials for use with the computer facilities will be chosen with the same criteria as outlined in our materials’ selection guidelines in Section IV of this policy statement.
    • Consistent with the philosophy expressed in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statements of the American Library Association, the library will not withdraw or include materials except by the policies outlined in Section IV of this policy statement. The library will not block or deny access to telecommunication services in keeping with these principles and policies.
  • Software and certain other computer related materials are to be used in the library only.
  • The user or borrower assumes responsibility for determining the suitability or appropriateness of materials sent to or acquired through the Internet or email.
    • Consistent with our Children’s Services and Policies in Section IX, the library makes no attempt to supervise or restrict a child’s access to any services or network offered by the library. Individual parents who wish to guide their children’s access to any service or network are encouraged to do so.
    • The library is not responsible or liable for any communications exchange, e-mail or other electronic message to or from a computer to another computer, network, or service. The library will not act as an agent for any borrower or user in the receipt of any personal correspondence. Any communications or exchange received by or stored upon the public-use computers will be considered to be not private in nature and may be deleted by the Librarian at any time.
    • Users seeking email services are encouraged to subscribe to one of the free email services available on the World Wide Web.
XII. Public Relations
  • Some of the primary public relations goals of the library are:
    • To aid governing officials, civic leaders, and the general public in understanding the library’s objectives and services.
    • To encourage people of all ages to become active participants in the varied services offered by the library.
  • In order to facilitate a consistent public perception of the library, materials to be used by the press, radio or television will be facilitated by or approved by the Library Director.
XIII. Staff Development
The Buda Public Library is committed to having a well-trained and educated workforce. Every new employee will receive a general orientation to the library and a training timeline based on job requirements, experience and educational needs for the particular position. Every staff member is encouraged to have a staff development plan prepared in consultation with his or her supervisor.

All staff members are encouraged to attend job-related workshops, seminars and webinars to fulfill their staff development plan. Upon completion of a course, staff member(s) involved in continuing education will be required to share their training with other members of the staff.

Membership in the Texas Library Association is encouraged. Basic dues for the state professional association will be reimbursed, funds permitting, for all permanent, full-time staff members. If funds are not available to cover the entire cost of basic dues, each employee will receive a prorated share of available funds.

XIV. Patron Conduct
People entering the library are expected to respect the rights of other patrons to use the library. People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library at library staff’s discretion. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, boisterous actions; inappropriate behavior; misuse of library property; uncooperative attitude; or actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and its resources. Abusive language and behavior toward staff or other library users will not be tolerated. Cell phones should be turned off or switched to a non-audible signal and should be answered outside the library.
Violence or threats of violence will not be tolerated. If a patron is violent, makes violent threats, or acts with the intention of making others feel unsafe, library staff may call the local police to evict the patron from the library. Depending on the severity of the issue, the patron may not be permitted to return to the library.
The Buda Public Library strives to provide a clean and comfortable environment where people can enjoy the materials and services provided by the library. Beverages in lidded containers can be consumed in any part of the public area. Food is permitted in the meeting room. Please immediately report spills to a staff member to avoid damage to library property.
Smoking is not permitted in the library

XV. Volunteerism
The Buda Public Library welcomes and encourages members of the community to volunteer their time and talents to enrich and expand library services. Volunteers are expected to conform to all policies of the Buda Public Library and the rules outlined in the Volunteer Agreement. They are selected and retained for as long as the library needs their services. Volunteers may be used for special events, projects and activities, or on a regular basis to assist staff. Services provided by volunteers will supplement, but not replace, regular services, and volunteers will not be used in place of hiring full or part time staff.

Volunteers may apply for paid positions under the same conditions as other outside applicants. The library will accept volunteers completing school assigned restitution for non-violent offenses and court assigned restitution for a Class C misdemeanor after being approved by either the Director or the Assistant Director. Volunteers (and parents, if the volunteer is under 18 years of age) must agree to and sign the Volunteer Agreement. In accordance with labor laws and the policies of the City of Buda, paid staff may not volunteer their services to the library or any other city department.

Approved by the Library Commission on November 8th, 2011.

Volunteer Application and Agreement

The following policies represent other library policies from around the country.