Jerseyville Public Library

Policies

FOIA POLICY

Section A-5.7 Freedom of Information Act

The Jerseyville Public Library will comply with the State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act. (5 ILCS 140/1) (from Ch. 116, par. 201).  When anyone wishes to read or copy any information from the Library’s public papers, a Written Request for Inspection or Copying of Public Records must be filled out (Sample Form attached).

            The contact person for information concerning the Library’s public papers or to obtain the above form is the Library Director.  The Director will take all requests whenever the Library is open.  The backup person to contact is the Board Secretary.

            The fee for copying material is the currently established fee.  If materials are mailed, the requestor pays the cost of postage.

            The Library needs 48 hours advance notice for all materials not kept in the current files.

Click here for a SAMPLE FOIA REQUEST LETTER

CHALLENGED MATERIAL POLICY

SECTION B-10 CHALLENGED MATERIAL

            Since the library is a tax-supported institution, any citizen has the right to question the inclusion or exclusion of any title in the collection of the library.

            Serious questions of materials by any person or group, in an effort to eliminate certain items, must be submitted in writing to the Library Director on a standard form (linked below).  The Director will present it to the Materials, Bylaws, and Policy committee of the Board, who will make a decision.  If the Committee, in consultation with the Library Director, cannot agree on whether or not to withdraw an item, it will be decided by vote of the Board.  A written or verbal reply will be furnished.

            No removal or restriction of a questioned item will take place until an examination of the item has been made through proper procedure.

(Update approved at Board of Trustees meeting 03/20/2001)

Click here for the Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

Section A-4.1 - Social Media Policy

     The Jerseyville Public Library invites you to post your thoughts on our website and our social networking pages.

     But before you comment, please read these basic rules:

  • Be appropriate. Comments with abusive, obscene, sexually explicit, sexist, hate speech, racist or otherwise derogatory or hateful language or images will be deleted. Comments should not endorse candidates or a particular stance on current ballot measure, encourage illegal activity, compromise the safety or security of public or public systems, or violate copyright, trademark or other legal ownership interest of any other party.
  • Be kind. Comments that promote, foster or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national original, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation will be deleted.
  • Be polite. Comments containing personal attacks, insults or threats will be deleted.
  • Be honest. Potentially libelous comments will be deleted.
  • Be on topic. Comments not related to the topic of discussion in the post will be deleted.
  • Don't 'spam'. Comments advertising or promoting commercial products and services will be deleted.

     We reserve the right to delete or reject any comment or ban any user who violates our code of conduct and this Social Media Policy. Community comments do not reflect the views of the Jerseyville Public Library or its employees unless stated otherwise.

     Comments or feedback that are deleted will be saved offline in order to comply with public record requirements.