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Unattended Children

The Dr. John Woodenlegs Library welcomes the use of its services and facilities by children.
Staff members are committed:

  • To helping children find materials for school work and recreational reading.
  • To providing an environment that encourages study and exploration.
  • To planning short programs that inform and enrich.

Staff members are also committed to the well-being and safety of children. However, library facilities are not designed or licensed to provide basic child care. Any public place may be dangerous for a child who is left unattended for long hours or who is left stranded after closing hours. The library encourages parents/guardians to consider the safety and well-being of their children and the needs of other library users of all ages.

Parents may not leave children under the age of eight unattended in the library. Disruptive children, attended or unattended, age eight or older may be asked to leave the library after one warning. Disruptive behavior is any form of behavior that seriously or constantly disturbs library patrons or staff, damages library property, interferes with library service, or endangers the well-being of the disruptive child or others.

Responsibility for the welfare and the behavior of children under age eight, using the library rests with the parent, guardian, or responsible caregiver. Though staff will always respond with care and concern, they cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when they are unattended.

Staff may, as needed:

  • Notify parents, guardians, or responsible caregivers whose children need additional supervision;
  • Contact authorities such as the Police either to assist with the enforcement of discipline in the library or to ensure the safety of an unattended child.
  • Complaints and Censorship

    Chief Dull Knife College believes freedom of access to information is vital in a democracy. Dr. John Woodenlegs Library endorses the Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, Freedom to View Statement, Individual Choice Statement, and Public Access Internet Policy.

    There may be occasional objections to certain materials in the collection despite the care taken to select materials meeting the criteria of this policy. If such and objection or complaint is made there are certain procedures to follow. These procedures have been adopted by the Board.

    All complaints to staff members will be directed to the Library Director who will discuss the matter with the complainant. If not satisfied, the patron may make an appointment with the Library Director to discuss the matter further. If the patron wishes, she/he will be supplied with the “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials” form. If there is a request for withdrawal of material, the Library Director will name a committee to examine the item in question. This committee will include the Library Director, President of the college, a staff librarian, and a member of the Library Advisory Committee, President of the Student Senate and one or more faculty members. When the completed form is returned, the President of Chief Dull Knife College will call together the Library Committee to whom copies of the complaint and copies of the material, if possible, will be distributed. At the first meeting the committee shall schedule a time to act on the complaint and will decide whether to with- draw the material pending their decision. At the scheduled meeting, the committee shall determine whether or not to withdraw the material from the library collection in this manner:

    • The complainant may be present to present his/her views on the material in person.
    • The committee, having read or viewed the challenged material, will check the information made available by the Library Director on the general acceptance of the materials by reading reviews and selection aids.
    • The members of the committee who have read or reviewed the materials in its entirety will then discuss the materials value and fault and form opinions based on the material as a whole.
    • The majority consensus of the committee will be determined by ballot and the Library Director in charge of the Library will take the action indicated by the decision of the committee.

    The Dr. John Woodenlegs Library of Chief Dull Knife college adheres to the:

    • Library Bill of Rights
    • The Freedom to Read
    • Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries
    • American Library Association Code of Ethics
    • American Library Association’s Questions and Answers on Privacy and Confidentiality

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