Patron Behavior Rules in Libraries - Articles and Guidelines

Mary Minow http://www.librarylaw.com

 

American Library Association. Guidelines for the development of policies and procedures regarding user behavior and library usage. Adopted by the Intellectual Freedom Committee January 24, 1993; rev. November 17, 2000 http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/usage.html and http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/guidelineslibusage.pdf

Janet Balas, Useful resources for writing library policies. (Online Treasures), Computers in Libraries, (June 2002)

Harold W. Furchtgott-Roth, The Art of Writing Good Regulations, Federal Communications Law Journal (2000) Aimed at federal regulators at the FCC, but useful analysis at http://www.law.indiana.edu/fclj/pubs/v53/no1/hfr.pdf

Kim Helper, Kreimer v. Bureau of Police for Morristown: The Sterilization of the Local Library, 23 Stetson L. Rev. 521 (Spring 1994).

Philip J. Morin, Why Kreimer Can't Read: Striking the Proper Balance Between Library Access and Problem Patrons in Kreimer v. Bureau of Police, 46 Rutgers L. Rev. 1845 (Summer, 1994)

Ellen Richardson, Library of Michigan. Trustee Corner: Four Tests for a Legally-Enforceable Library Policy at http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/publications/trusteesept94.html

Judi Silver, Libraries and the Homeless: Caregivers or Enforcers, The Katharine Sharp Review (Winter 1996) at http://edfu.lis.uiuc.edu/review/winter1996/silver.html

U.S. Department of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Problem Oriented Guides for Police Series No. 6.Disorderly Youth in Public Places (60 pages)

Looks at three general approaches: control, developmental and accommodation. Gives tips such as playing classical music to disperse youth. See also No. 13. Panhandling (72 pages)

http://www.usdoj.gov/cops/cp_resources/pubs_ppse/default.htm#Guide_series