Library Policies

The library utilizes the services of the Evergreen Indiana  Open Source Integrated Library System as a member of its consortium.  Through Evergreen the library is able to not only access information online about its own collection; though also about other member library collections.  The consortium allows patrons to place requests for materials that transit through the courier.  Thus, the Evergreen’s circulation policy pertains to this library.  There may be different settings found at other libraries, such as check out limits or restrictions and whether or not particular formats circulate outside of the library member’s physical boundaries; though, generally most details remain the same.  You will need to check with each member library for any discrepancies that may be involved.  Evergreen’s circulation policy may be found here:  Evergreen-Indiana-Circulation-Policy

The Camden Collection Development Policy is strictly in-house and may be found here:  Section 2. Camden Collection Development.  If you would like to request reconsideration of materials, the reconsideration form may be found here:  Camden Reconsideration of Materials Form. The request for materials may be found here:  Patron Request Form.

Forms may be submitted through email at camlib@camden.lib.in.us.

Electronic Meeting Policy

Section 1.        (a) If a member elects to participate in a meeting by electronic means of communication then, subject to Sections 3 and 5, any member may participate in a meeting by electronic means of communication that (i) allows all participating members of the board to simultaneously communicate with each other; and (ii) other than a meeting that is an executive session, allows the public to simultaneously attend and observe the meeting.

                        (b) A member who participates by an electronic means of communication: (i) shall be considered present for purposes of establishing a quorum; and (ii) may participate in final action only if the member can be seen and heard.

                        (c) All votes taken during a meeting at which at least one (1) member participates by an electronic means of communication must be taken by a roll call vote.

Section 2.        (a) At least four (4) members must be physically present at the meeting at which any member participates by means of electronic communication. Not more than fifty percent (50%) of the members may participate by an electronic means of communication at that same meeting.

(b) A member who plans to participate by an electronic means of communication at a meeting must provide written notice of such intent to the President of the Board (the “President”) at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the meeting.

(c) If more than three (3) members intend to participate by an electronic means of communication at the same meeting, the first three (3) members to provide notice of such intent may attend the meeting by an electronic means of communication (unless such members otherwise agree).

(d) A member may not attend more than fifty percent (50%) of the meeting in a calendar year by an electronic means of communication, unless the member’s electronic participation is due to one of the following as recorded in an attestation provided by the member:

                                          (1) military service;

(2) illness or other medical condition;

                                          (3) death of a relative; or

                                          (4) an emergency involving actual or threatened injury to persons or property.

            (e) A member may attend two (2) consecutive meetings (a “Set of Meetings”) by electronic communication.  A member must attend in person at least one (1) meeting between Sets of Meetings that the member attend by electronic communication, unless the member’s absence is due to one of the following as record in an attestation provided by the member to the Board:
                                               

                                           (1) military service;

                                           (2) illness or other medical condition;

                                           (3) death of a relative; or

                                           (4) an emergency involving actual or threatened injury to persons or property.

Section 3.        The minutes of a meeting at which any member participates by electronic means of communication must:

(a) identify each member who:

(1) was physically present at the meeting;

(2) participates in the meeting by electronic means of communication;

(3) and was absent; and

(b) identify the electronic means of communication by which:

(1) members participated in the meeting; and

(2) members of the public attended and observed the meeting if the meeting was not an executive session.

Section 5.        A technological failure in an electronic means of communication that disrupts or prevents members not physically present or members of the public not physically present from attending and observing the meeting, does not affect the validity of an action taken by the Board at such meeting if the members physically present and the members participating by electronic communication without technological failure satisfy voting requirements of the Board (i.e., majority vote).

Section 6.        During disaster emergencies declared by the governor or local government officials, the Board may meet completely electronically until the disaster or emergency is terminated. During such disaster emergency, the Board may meet using any form of electronic communication as long as the meeting meets the following criteria:

(a) at least a quorum of the board is participating in the meeting either in person or electronically;

(b) the public is able to simultaneously attend and observe the meeting (unless it is an executive session); and

(c) votes are taken by roll call vote.

Meeting minutes for an electronic meeting during a disaster emergency must

(a) state the name of each board member who attended electronically and who was absent; and

(b) identify the electronic communication mechanism used for the meeting.

Patron Code of Conduct

As a center for learning and education, the Camden-Jackson Township Public Library encourages the use of its facilities by the people we serve.  We pledge to conduct our interactions with respect and to provide an atmosphere conducive to the effective delivery of library services to our patrons.  In return, all visitors are asked to respect the Library’s mission and are asked to conduct themselves in a lawful, orderly, and considerate manner.

Section 1: Conduct Governed by Federal, State, and Local Law

Patrons must comply with federal, state, and local laws, including, but not limited to:

  • Physical harm or threat of physical harm;
  • Fighting;
  • Selling, possessing, and/or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Defacing or intentionally damaging library property;
  • Theft and/or attempted theft of library property or the property of patrons and staff;
  • Abusive language;
  • Sexual conduct and/or indecent exposure;
  • Trespassing;
  • Gambling;
  • Smoking;
  • Computer usage (please see our policy on Computer and Internet Usage)

Infractions of the law may result in a patron’s expulsion from the Library, criminal prosecution, or other legal action, as appropriate.

Section 2: Conduct Governed by Camden-Jackson Township Public Library Policy

Any behavior that interferes with library services and activities (including the ability of library staff to perform their work and the ability of other patrons to effectively use and enjoy the library facilities) is prohibited in all areas of the library building.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unauthorized removal or attempted removal of materials without proper checkout or other official library authorization; mutilation, defacement, or misuse of library property; obstruction of the use of library equipment, resources, or facilities.
  • Entering the building without a shirt or other covering of the upper body or without shoes or other footwear.
  • Furnishing false information to library staff.
  • Disorderly or disruptive conduct such as noisy or boisterous activities that can be reasonably expected to disturb others.
  • Trespassing in non-public areas or remaining in the library after closing or after being asked to leave.
  • Leaving children under the age of seven (7) unattended on the library premises.
  • Bringing animals in the library facility with the exception of service animals and animals brought in for special programs.
  • Leaving an animal tethered and unattended on the library premises.
  • Operating roller skates, skateboards, or other similar devices on the library premises.
  • Bodily hygiene, including unsanitary personal conditions that is so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to others.
  • Using threatening, profane, or offensive language or gestures.
  • Sleeping in or on library premises.
  • Solicitation, including, but not limited to, solicitation for money, donations, or signatures.
  • Posting or distributing material without permission.
  • Eating or drinking, except in designated areas.
  • Use of the furniture, library equipment, library materials, or restroom facilities in any manner or purpose other than what which is intended.
  • Any behavior that is potentially unsafe or harmful to self or others, including failure to take shelter in an emergency as directed by staff.

Section 3: Suspension of Library Privileges

When possible, staff will first educate individuals about the applicable policies before taking stronger measures. Visitors whose conduct or activities violate this Policy on Patron Conduct will first be asked to modify their behavior.  Further failure to comply with this policy will result in the suspension of library privileges and removal from the building. The length of said suspension of library privileges and eviction from the premises shall depend upon the nature and seriousness of the offense that required removal and any history or prior infractions of this policy or other library policies and any other relevant factors. A suspension may be indefinite if the offense is severe.

Note: Library staff may not restrain or otherwise physically intervene in any situation that could potentially become violent.    

Section 4: Subject to Search

By entering the facility, all patrons consent to inspection of all bags, backpacks, purses, briefcases, luggage, packages, overcoats, and shopping bags by library staff upon request in order to protect and preserve the safety and security of property and people using the Library.