Policies

Policies

Confidentiality of Library Records

It is the policy of the Mid-State Technical College Library to safeguard the privacy of individuals in their use of the library. Student records, including library borrowing records, are additionally protected by federal privacy laws.
 
The library shall protect information about borrowers, their requests for information and materials, the online sites and electronic resources they access, and their loan transactions, and shall not transmit such information to anyone other than the borrower. Such records shall not be made available to any agency of state, federal or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state or local law relating to civil, criminal or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.
 
Note: No library employee shall reveal the identity of a borrower to any requestor.
 

Code of Behavior for LiNK Users

The LiNK at Mid-State Technical College campuses follow the Student Code of Conduct.

In addition, the following guidelines apply to visiting and utilizing the resources of the LiNK:

  • In an effort to be respectful of others working and studying in the LiNK, children are not allowed. We recognize that a child may accompany an adult who needs to return borrowed materials or quickly print an item; during situations like this, children must be supervised and remain with the adult.
  • Cell phone usage must follow rules of common courtesy; take phone conversations out of the LiNK, silence the sounds, and do not photograph others without their explicit permission.
  • Materials are to be checked out with LiNK staff before being removed from the LiNK. If you utilize materials while in the LiNK, return the items to the carts provided.
  • Selling, solicitation, and panhandling (approaching others with items for sale or pleas for donations) is strictly prohibited in the LiNK unless related to a pre-approved Mid-State Technical College activity.
  • With the exception of guide/assisting dogs, animals are not permitted in the LiNK.

Library Bill of Rights

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 abridgment 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, age, background, or views.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms 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.

Adopted June 18, 1948. Amended February 2, 1961; June 28, 1967; and January 23, 1980, inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council.