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Why are policies important?
Creating a New Policy
Things to consider:
- What's the issue that requires a new policy?
- How would a new policy contribute to the accomplishment of the library's goals and objectives?
- What existing policies are related to or are affected by the new policy? Are there any changes that need to be made to those existing policies?
- Impact of the policy (effects of enforcing, legal ramifications, additional costs in resources, staff, facilities, etc.)
- Director develops recommended policies
- Board discusses, revises (if necessary) and approves policies at a public board meeting in accordance with Open Meetings Law
- Director makes sure staff and public are aware of polices (keep in a binder at the circulation date and post on library's website)
- Board reviews policies on a regular cycle so all policies are reviewed at least every 3 years
Below is a list of sample templates of library policies that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Libraries are encouraged to use these templates to create policies that may be missing or update current policies to reflect changes in their services due to the pandemic. Please note, these policy templates are provided as examples and are meant to be customized to fit individual library needs.
The sample policy templates on this page are available for use. These samples are meant to serve as a guide and not to be carbon copied. Each library is different and, therefore, their policies will vary. You can also reach out to your library's consultant if you need assistance with drafting a policy.
Records Retention: NCLS recommends using the NYS Archives Local Government Schedule (LGS-1) to help libraries appropriately manage their documents and files.
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