Re: [jointuselib-l] How does the joint use public/academic library work?
- My (as yet not-quite-existent) library is set up in a very similar
fashion to Terri's, though I am the public librarian here; there is
also a school librarian. I am very much not employed by the school, the
school librarian is very much not employed by the public library.
I suppose you could describe it as a public library that happens to be
on a school campus (K-8, in my case), to the extent that the general
public can tell. For the staff, though, it's a great deal more
complicated than that, not to mention more confusing.
Planning can be a mess. In my library, for example, the school owns
about 1/3 of the computers in the library and the public library owns
the rest. The school is obliged by law to filter the internet access on
their computers; my board has not voted to approve the use of internet
filters, and I am not allowed to implement the use of filters without
their approval. So now what? For the time being, the students will only
be allowed to use the computers owned by the school during school
hours, but who monitors that?
These sorts of questions never come up in other library environments
(not to my knowledge anyway; this is my third professional job), which
is why I started this forum.
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