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About Schewe Library: Policies

Schewe Library Policies

Library Policies

Policy Statement              
Schewe Library is committed to the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the library experience.  Consistent with the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other state and federal law, Schewe Library will make reasonable accommodations to ensure compliance with the aforementioned laws.


Laws, Regulations & Policies    
Schewe Library recognizes and adheres to the following laws, acts, and policies as they relate to providing accommodations for people with disabilities.  In instances where an accommodation would result in undue hardship for the library or would result in a foundational alteration to an existing program or service, Schewe Library reserves the right to decline an accommodation request.


ADA Compliance Officer            
The Library Director, or their designee, is the library's ADA compliance officer. 

  • All ADA accommodation requests should be submitted, in writing, to the Library Director.
  • All ADA grievances should be submitted, in writing, to the Library Director.
  • All library personnel are responsible for assisting with disability accommodations.


Service & Assistance Animals              
Schewe Library welcomes service, assistance, and emotional support animals (with appropriate documentation). Owners are responsible for their animal’s conduct while in the library.  If the owner is not in control of their animal, or the animal is not housebroken, the owner may be asked to remove their animal from the library.  Please refer to Illinois College’s Service and Assistance Animal Policy for further clarification on service, assistance, and emotional support animals.


 

 

 

Policy Statement  
This policy outlines the method(s) by which Schewe Library selects, evaluates, and maintains its collections.  


Audience                
Schewe Library collects material to support the teaching, learning, research, and professional development needs of Illinois College's students, faculty, and staff.  Within this matrix, Schewe Library primarily collects material to support the academic endeavors of the college’s undergraduate students.  This population typically requires a mix of primary-and-secondary-authored works which support a program of mild-to-modest research intensity.  Schewe Library collects material for college faculty and staff on a patron-initiated basis.

 

Selection & Evaluation               
To support Illinois College’s undergraduate students, Schewe Library collects a wide range of material, including basic-and-reference-level monographs, comprehensive collections of the works of important writers, secondary sources, representative selections of curricularly-aligned databases and periodicals, audiovisual material, and equipment for checkout.  Library personnel and the college's teaching faculty jointly select these materials.  Schewe Library makes selection and acquisition decisions based on fulfillment of curricular need, quality of material, and cost.  


Budget                     
The Library Director sets and oversees Schewe Library's collection development and acquisitions budgets.    


Gifts              
Schewe Library accepts material donations.  See Schewe Library’s Gift & Donation Policy for details.


Deselection            
In order to enhance the value and relevance of its collections, Schewe Library routinely and periodically deselects material.  Schewe Library deselects two types of material: physical materials (which the library owns) and subscription materials (which the library purchases ongoing access to).  Deselecting physical material involves removal of the material from the library’s collections; deselecting subscription material involves cancelling or not renewing a subscription.  Criteria for deselection includes:

  • Usage.
  • Obsolescence.
  • Physical condition.
  • Alignment with curricular needs.
  • The scope of the library’s collections.
  • Available shelf space.
  • Redundancy.
  • Reconsideration of material by Illinois College students, faculty, or staff (see Schewe Library’s Material Reconsideration Policy for further details).

 

Deselection Procedures 
Library personnel work collaboratively to identify and prepare material for deselection.  The Library Director approves deselected material. 


Disposal      
Schewe Library consigns or disposes of physically deselected material.  Schewe Library owns deselected material until consigned or disposed of, and as per Illinois College's Disposal Policy and Procedure, “[Schewe Library is] prohibited from gifting or selling surplus materials directly to employees, students, other individuals or businesses." 


Khalaf al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College         
This policy does not apply to material in the Khalaf al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College.          

Policy Statement  

Schewe Library is open for members of the public -- including patrons from other Illinois institutions -- to engage in activities associated with the use of an academic library.  These activities typically include reading, writing, researching, and studying.  As the primary mission of Schewe Library is to support the students, faculty, and staff of Illinois College, public patrons must be mindful of the needs of the aforementioned groups and adhere to the policy guidelines outlined below.


Public Research Areas

  • Public patrons are welcome to use all 3 floors of Schewe Library, provided they observe the posted noise guidelines on each floor. 


Computer Use

  • 2 computers in Schewe Library are designated for public patron use. 
  • The public computer on the library’s 2nd floor is intended for short-term use (30 minutes or less).
  • The public computer on the library’s 3rd floor is intended for longer-term use (30+ minutes).


Private Study & Computing Rooms

  • Private study & computing rooms are only available for Illinois College students, faculty, and staff.


Borrowing Privileges

  • Public patrons who reside in Illinois, are over 18-years of age, and who hold a valid photo ID may be issued a community borrower card, which grants limited borrowing privileges at Schewe Library.
  • Borrowing privileges are also extended to students, faculty, and staff whose home libraries are members of the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
  • Public patrons not falling into the above two groups are eligible to use materials within Schewe Library, but will not be extended borrowing privileges.

 

Noise

  • Noise must be kept at a reasonable level.
  • Talking loudly or making noise that disturbs other library patrons is prohibited.
  • Mobile phones should be silenced within the library and phone conversations should be conducted outside the library.

 

Food & Drink

  • Food and drink are permitted in the library.  Please refer to the Food, Drink, & Tobacco policy for further details.

 

Behaviors                                                                                       

Public patrons may not engage in behavior which results in health or safety risks, property damage, or nuisance to other library patrons or staff.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of behaviors which are prohibited for public patrons when using Schewe Library:

  • Threatening to commit or committing violence.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • Verbal abuse.
  • Bringing weapons into the library.
  • Intoxication.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco in the library or within 15 feet of the library building.
  • Making excessive noise and/or failing to abide by the noise guidelines set out on each library floor.
  • Arguing, fighting, or otherwise creating a detrimental environment to the work of other patrons.
  • Damaging or vandalizing library property.
  • Impeding the use of the library by other patrons or library staff.
  • Refusing to leave the library at closing time or when requested to by library personnel.
  • Talking loudly or making excessive noise.
  • Viewing pornographic, violent, or hateful content [which is not in Schewe Library's collections].
  • Engaging in unwanted or harassing conversations with other library patrons.
  • Having offensive personal hygiene or body odor which is bothering other library patrons or staff.
  • Introducing the spread of contagious illness or disease.
  • Behaving in violation of federal, state, or county law.
  • Behaving in violation of Illinois College policies vis-à-vis guests or community visitors.


Enforcement

  • Library staff will provide a warning to public patrons whose behavior violates library policy.
  • If library policy is continually violated library staff will contact the Illinois College Public Safety department and the public patron will be removed from the library.
  • Public patrons who have been removed from the library for policy violations are ineligible to return to the library and may be issued an order of no trespassing on the Illinois College campus.

 

Policy Statement              
This policy describes the rights and obligations of Illinois College patrons and community patrons who use computing technologies or Internet networks in Schewe Library.


Illinois College Patrons  
Illinois College patrons using Schewe Library's computing technologies or Internet networks must conduct themselves in accord with Illinois College's Computing Policies document.  Schewe Library adheres to this policy in all regards.  Any questions about Illinois College's computing policies should be directed to the Illinois College Information Technology department.


Community Patrons        
Community patrons are welcome to use Schewe Library's computing facilities, and must also abide by Illinois College's Computing Policies.  We ask that community patrons prioritize researching, writing, or studying in their computer use.  2 computers in Schewe Library are designated for public use:

  • The public computer on the library's 2nd floor is intended for short-term use (30 minutes or less).
  • The public computer on the library's 3rd floor is intended for longer-term use (30+ minutes) unless other patrons are waiting to use the computer.

Policy Statement              
This policy outlines Schewe Library’s commitment to patron confidentiality and privacy.  Schewe Library is committed to protecting library users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.


Patron Record Confidentiality                                     
Schewe Library stores patron information in our systems for the shortest amount of time necessary to complete transactions or provide service.  Patron information includes current borrowing activity, contact data, outstanding fines, and account notes.  Schewe Library will not disclose patron information to third parties or law enforcement without an appropriately sanctioned court order.  Additionally, Schewe Library abides by the following laws or contracts which govern the disclosure of patron and student information:


Provenance of Patron Information                             
Schewe Library's patron data is gathered from the following sources:

  • The Office of the Registrar of Illinois College (for Illinois College students).
  • The Office of Human Resources of Illinois College (for Illinois College faculty and staff).
  • Shared CARLI patron records (for students, faculty, and staff from other CARLI institutions).
  • Personal identification documents (for community borrowers).


Patron Privacy                                                                   
Schewe Library fully adheres to the principles expressed in Article III of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Code of Ethics.  Additionally, Schewe Library also fully adheres to the principles expressed in the ALA's Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers.  These principles guarantee that library patrons will receive the following considerations:

  • Information contacts, whether reference or otherwise, will be treated with complete confidentiality.
  • Patron confidences and privacy will be upheld at all times.
  • Information pertaining to patrons or patron questions will only be shared with library staff.
  • Library statistics (produced for program evaluation and assessment) will be disaggregated and will contain no personally identifiable information.
  • Information gathered from computer or network use in the library is not administered by Schewe Library, and is subject to Illinois College's Computing Policies.

 

Policy Statement              
This policy outlines Schewe Library’s disaster and emergency response procedures.  Schewe Library’s foremost priority in all emergency or disaster scenarios is to safeguard human life, followed by the protection of the library building and property. 


Illinois College Disaster & Emergency Response Policies
Schewe Library adheres to all of Illinois College’s disaster and emergency response policies, which include: crimes, medical emergencies, tornadoes & severe weather, fire & evacuation, earthquakes, utility failures, shelter-in-place, bomb threats, hazardous spills, active shooter.  Please see Illinois College’s emergency procedures for further details.


Library Response Procedures  
Schewe Library has facility-specific responses to emergencies.  Employees are not expected to put themselves in danger in order to carry out the following procedures:


Fire

  • If a fire is discovered incidentally, quickly assess the scale of the fire. If the fire is contained to an area smaller than a small trash can, consider putting it out with the nearest fire extinguisher. If the fire alarm has sounded, the fire is too large to be immediately dealt with, or the fire does not respond immediately to the use of the fire extinguisher, proceed to the next step.
  • Library employees should pull the fire alarm and evacuate each floor of building immediately. Employees should:
    1. Evacuate their own floor if they are the only employee on that level.
    2. Confirm with other employees which floor they will evacuate (if there is more than one employee on a floor).
    3. Avoid using the elevator.
  • If a patron is unable to navigate the stairs, they should remain at the top of the staircase on the south side of the building. The staff member that directed the patron to that spot should immediately report their location to the police or fire department, as well as to the 911 operator.
  • The first employee to clear their floor and reach the meeting point outside should call 911 immediately, then return to the meeting point.

 

Flood

  • It is unlikely that a flood in the library would pose an immediate threat to human life. If, for some reason, the flood were so severe that it interfered with the elevator or other electronics, patrons and staff should evacuate (either outside or to the third floor, depending on the circumstances), and should call 911 for help.
  • It is most likely that a flood would primarily threaten the library collection. In this case, items should be moved out of the range of the water to an appropriate recovery area as quickly as possible, and should be spread out to dry.
  • In case of widespread flooding, phone the Illinois College Facilities department to turn off heat and turn on air conditioning to full capacity.
  • If there is flooding near electronic devices, avoid the risk of electric shock and DO NOT TOUCH the devices.  Call for assistance from appropriate emergency personnel.


Active Shooter/Other Human Threat

  • Run. Hide. Fight. The first option is always to escape. The second choice is to hide quietly, while securing your hiding place. If these first two choices don’t work and there is no other option, the last choice is to take any and all steps possible to stop the individual.
  • If the individual is confirmed to be outside the library, and it is safe to do so, lock the library doors, and do not open them again until instructed by first responders.
  • Library staff should direct patrons on the main floors and basements into the designated safe zone. Phones MUST be on silent.
  • Upstairs staff and patrons will be directed to safe zones, and barricades should be used on any unsecured doors.
  • If an alert was received through the IC ALERT system, it is not necessary to call 911, and everyone should endeavor to be as silent as possible when moving to the designated safe zone.
  • If the alert was not received through the campus system, contact 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Wait in the designated safe zone until either an all clear is received through the campus alert system, or you are instructed by first responders to come out.


Tornado

  • When a tornado siren is heard, everyone in the library should proceed to the southwest corner of the basement by the study carrels. Do not go outside. Do not attempt to flee.
  • No personal items should be brought into the shelter space, except phones and medications.
  • Staff should coordinate to ensure that all three floors and the restrooms are all cleared before heading to the shelter area.
  • Once the all-clear is given, the Library Director or their designee will let everyone know they may leave the shelter area.
     

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • 911
  • Illinois College Campus Security – 217.245.3111
  • Illinois College Facilities Office –217.245.3038    
  • Jacksonville Fire Department – 217.245.5105
  • Jacksonville Police Department – 217.479.4630

 

 

Policy Statement              
Schewe Library is committed to maintaining an environment appropriate for the protection of library materials and conducive to studying and research.  This policy outlines Schewe Library’s position on food, drink, and tobacco products in the library.


Food & Drink

  • Food and drink are permitted on all floors of the library.
  • Foods which are excessively greasy or messy should be consumed away from library materials.
  • Any spills or mess resultant from food and drink are the responsibility of the patron, and should be cleaned up as quickly as possible.
  • Disposal of all food waste is the responsibility of the patron.


Tobacco & Smoking Products

  • Schewe Library fully adheres to Illinois College’s Smoking Policy.  The policy prohibits smoking in all indoor areas or within 15 feet of the perimeter of any building on the College campus. 
  • The use of cigarettes, pipes, cigars, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, bongs, JUULs, and blunts is prohibited in the library.
  • The use of chewing tobacco, chew, chaw, dip, spit bottles, spitters, and spittoons is also prohibited in the library.


Alcohol & Illegal Drugs

  • Alcohol and illegal drugs (federally and at the state-level) are prohibited in Schewe Library. 
  • Patrons visibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave the library and may not be allowed to return.
  • Schewe Library reserves the right to allow alcohol in the library for special events. 


Piss Jugs

  • We do not allow piss jugs in Schewe Library (though we acknowledge they are essential nighttime accoutrements). 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Statement  
This policy describes the procedures and conditions for making gifts or material donations to Schewe Library.  Schewe Library is pleased to accept donations of material in good physical condition and that support the collecting scope of the library.  The library is also pleased to accept monetary gifts.


Donating Material
Schewe Library is pleased to accept donated material which meets the following criteria:

  • Material is in good condition.
  • Material fits within the scope of the library’s collections or the college’s curricular interests.
  • Material is timely or of historical significance.
  • Material is donated unconditionally.


Material Unsuitable for Donation      
Regretfully, Schewe Library is unable to accept the following types of donated material:

  • Legacy formats (cassette tapes, CDs, vinyl, VHS, etc.).
  • Textbooks.
  • Bound journals.
  • Newspapers and magazines.
  • Damaged material (moldy, rotting, physically compromised, etc.).


Donation Procedure        
Small material donations (under 50 pieces of material) may be delivered directly to Schewe Library and may be donated without an accompanying Material Donation Form.  Larger material donations (over 50 pieces of material) must be accompanied by a Material Donation Form, and may be delivered directly to Schewe Library.  Dependent upon the size of the donation, a site visit may be arranged to evaluate the material.  Material donations arriving at Schewe Library must be received by a member of the professional library staff.


Donor Rights         
Once accepted, material donations to Schewe Library become property of Schewe Library and/or Illinois College.  The following apply to all material donations made to Schewe Library:

  • The donor may request an acknowledgement of gift, including the total number of materials donated.
  • The donor may request bookplates in the case of book donations.
  • Schewe Library is unable to appraise or assign monetary value to material donations.
  • Schewe Library is unable to accept material donations with restrictions or use conditions.
  • Donated material may be deselected from the library’s collections as per the library’s Collection Development Policy.

 

Monetary Gifts     
Schewe Library is pleased to accept monetary gifts, bequests, and charitable annuities.  Giving should be jointly arranged through the Library Director and Illinois College's department of Development & Alumni Relations.  Conditional or restricted gifts should also be jointly negotiated through the Library Director and a representative from the department of Development & Alumni Relations.

 

 

 

 

Policy Statement  
This policy details the hours for Schewe Library and its respective service desks.  Hours are set by library administration, and are subject to change.  When the library is closed, the library is not available for use by Illinois College students, faculty, or staff (except building employees). 


Library Hours: Spring & Fall Semesters

  • Monday-Thursday / 7:45AM-11:30PM
  • Friday / 7:45AM-6:00PM
  • Saturday / noon-6:00PM
  • Sunday / noon-11:30PM


Reference Desk Hours: Spring & Fall Semesters

  • Monday-Friday / 10:30AM-5:30PM
  • Saturday-Sunday / closed


Library Hours: Summer Semester

  • Monday-Friday / 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Saturday-Sunday / closed


Reference Desk Hours: Summer Semester

  • Available by appointment


Extended Hours    
Schewe Library may extend opening hours for exams, special events, or Illinois College functions.  Extended hours will be arranged through library administration.


Closures      
Throughout the calendar year, library closures will mirror Illinois College's closures.  Schewe Library also reserves the right to close for library-localized events of concern (flooding, fire, gas leaks, etc.) and employee professional development.

 

 

 

Policy Statement              
This policy describes the methods and procedures by which patrons and other libraries may request an interlibrary loan (ILL) from Schewe Library.  ILL is a mechanism for obtaining material which is otherwise not accessible through a patron’s home library.  ILL is a free service provided to eligible Illinois College patrons.


Eligible Patron Groups    
The following patron groups are eligible to receive interlibrary loan services from Schewe Library:

  • Current faculty, staff, and students at Illinois College.
  • Emeriti of Illinois College.


Ineligible Patron Groups
The following patron groups are ineligible to receive interlibrary loan services from Schewe Library:

  • Community borrowers.
  • Alumni and Trustees of Illinois College.
  • Illinois College patrons whose accounts are not in good standing or who have fines exceeding $200.

 

Requestable Items          
Schewe Library is committed to supplying the following material types to other lending libraries, and Schewe Library will also attempt to acquire the following material types for our patrons:

  • Books.
  • Articles.
  • Physical media (CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, etc.).
  • Microform.
  • Music scores.
  • Educational kits.


Non-Requestable Items 
Schewe Library does not supply the following material types to other lending libraries:

  • Equipment.
  • Course reserve items.
  • Reference Collection materials.
  • Items that are in degraded physical condition or over 100 years old.
  • Other non-circulating items or items marked as “unavailable” in the library catalog.

 

Requesting Items 
Schewe Library has two separate systems through which patrons may request ILL material. 

  • The fastest and most convenient ILL method is the Illinois Share (I-Share) system, provided by the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI)
  • The slower and less convenient ILL method is the WorldShare system, provided by the Online Computing Resource Center (OCLC)


Request Processing & Fulfillment       
Schewe Library is committed to fulfilling ILL requests in the shortest time possible.  Regretfully, Schewe Library cannot guarantee that an ILL item will arrive within a certain timeframe, nor can it guarantee that another library will provide material requested by an Illinois College patron.


Fines
Once a patron receives their ILL item, they are responsible for the care and timely return of their items.  Any fines, repair, or replacement costs are the responsibility of the patron.

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Statement              
Schewe Library is committed to lending a variety of materials to Illinois College students, faculty, and staff and community patrons.  This policy outlines Schewe Library’s lending and circulation operations.


Eligible Patron Groups    
The following patron groups are eligible to borrow items from Schewe Library:

  • Current faculty, staff, and students of Illinois College.
  • Emeriti of Illinois College.
  • Community borrowers (Illinois residents over 18 years of age).


Item Types              
The following types of items circulate at Schewe Library:

  • Books and monographs.
  • CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays.
  • Kits.
  • Equipment.
  • Course reserve items (which do not circulate outside the library).


Items Which Do Not Circulate 
The following types of items do not circulate at Schewe Library:

  • Reference materials.
  • Periodicals (including bound journals and newspapers).


Course Reserves   
Schewe Library has a course reserves system, which allows Illinois College faculty, staff, and students to make items available for a given class or campus organization on a short-term basis.  Course reserves can be physical or electronic, and the following item types may be put on course reserves:

  • Any item owned by the library or accessible through the library’s online resources.
  • Any item owned by a faculty or staff member (including copies of articles which have been legally obtained through interlibrary loan or other means).
  • Items not owned by the library or faculty/staff member are, for reasons of copyright, ineligible to be placed on course reserve.  As examples, I-Share items cannot be put on course reserve.
  • Faculty or staff wishing to place items on a course reserve must submit the materials to the library at least 1-2 days in advance of the date students would first need to use the materials.
  • Anyone using the course reserve service is responsible for remaining in compliance with United States copyright law.

 

Billing & Fines       
Schewe Library reserves the right to bill patrons for the replacement cost of lost items, in addition to a processing fee.  The library will inform patrons via email when items are coming due, and patrons will be expected to return the item(s) promptly.

  • Equipment is considered lost if it is 3 days overdue.
    • Illinois College/Schewe Library will bill patrons for lost equipment.  Patrons will be bill for the replacement cost of the item, plus a $15 processing fee.
  • All other materials are considered lost if they are 45 days overdue. 
    • Schewe Library will bill patrons for lost materials. We bill for the replacement cost of a new item, plus a $15 processing fee. In lieu of payment, Schewe Library will accept a new replacement copy of the exact item in question. 

 

Circulation Periods                      

Schewe Library Books & CDs

Patron Type

Lending Period

Students

4 weeks w/ 3 renewals

Faculty & Staff

16 weeks w/ 3 renewals

Community Borrowers

2 weeks w/ 2 renewals and a limit of 5 items total

 

Schewe Library DVDs & Blu-rays

Patron Type

Lending Period

Illinois College Students, Faculty, & Staff

2 weeks w/ 3 renewals

Community Borrowers

2 weeks w/ no renewals and a limit of 5 items total

 

I-Share Books

Patron Type

Lending Period

Students

4 weeks w/ 3 renewals

Faculty & Staff

4 weeks w/ 6 renewals

Community Borrowers

N/A

 

I-Share Non-Print Items (ex. DVDs & Blu-rays)

Patron Type

Lending Period

Illinois College Students, Faculty, & Staff

2 weeks with no renewals

Community Borrowers

N/A


 

 

 

Policy Statement              
This policy outlines the conditions and procedures by which a reconsideration or challenge of material in Schewe Library’s collections can take place.  A reconsideration or challenge of material is a process whereby a member of the Illinois College community (other than library personnel) requests to remove, include, or reclassify an item in the library’s collection.  Outside of the context of material reconsideration requests, Schewe Library is always pleased to discuss our collections with Illinois College patrons.     


Intellectual Guidelines   
Schewe Library adheres to and supports the following statements of intellectual and anti-censorship philosophy: 


Collecting Philosophy     
Schewe Library selects material in accordance with its Collection Development policy.  Material is selected to support the teaching, learning, research, and professional development of the Illinois College community.  Schewe Library further recognizes that controversial materials may have scholarly or research value, and so Schewe Library’s collections may contain such material.  The inclusion of any material in Schewe Library’s collections does not constitute an endorsement of the content therein by Illinois College or Schewe Library.


Types of Material Reconsideration Requests         
Schewe Library recognizes the following types of material reconsideration requests from members of the Illinois College community:

  • Removal of an item from the library’s collection.
  • Inclusion of an item in the library’s collection.
  • Change of an item’s location/classification to limit or expand the item’s accessibility.


Eligible Criteria for a Reconsideration Request                 
Schewe Library is firmly opposed to the censorship of material in its collections.  That said, reconsideration requests may be made for a variety of reasons, except for the following:

  • Partisan or doctrinal disapproval of material.
  • Disapproval of material on national, ethnic, social, political, or religious grounds.
  • Perception of material as pornographic, obscene, or prurient.
  • [If you are a] community patron or member of the public.

 

Initiating a Reconsideration Request
Illinois College patrons wishing to make a reconsideration request must adhere to the following:

  • Read Schewe Library’s Material Reconsideration Policy and Collection Development Policy.
  • Fill out Schewe Library’s Material Reconsideration Form.
  • Allow for a 90-day response time from library administration.  No action will be taken pertaining to challenged material until a final determination is made by library administration in accordance with Schewe Library’s Collection Development Policy and in consultation with library staff.


Evaluation Process
Schewe Library will process all reconsideration requests as follows: 

  • The reconsideration request and material in question will be read and reviewed by a library committee.
  • Professional reviews of the work in question will be consulted (if available).
  • A committee recommendation will be issued to the Library Director within 45-days of receipt of the request.
  • The Library Director will make a final determination on the reconsideration request and issue a response within 45-days of the committee’s recommendation.
  • Following the Library Director’s determination, Schewe Library will take appropriate action if so warranted.

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Statement
The below are Schewe Library's mission, vision, and slogan.


Mission                       
The mission of Schewe Library is to support the teaching, learning, research, and professional growth of the Illinois College community.                                      


Vision                               
Schewe Library will provide the Illinois College community with a relevant set of information resources and services in a friendly, collaborative space. 


Slogan                              
“A Library for Everyone.”  Schewe Library's slogan affirms its commitment to providing resources, services, and a physical space that reflects the aspirations and intellectual character of Illinois College.

 

Policy Statement              
Schewe Library is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its patrons that is conducive to research, study, and learning.  Behavior that disturbs or disrupts patrons or library personnel is prohibited.  This policy applies to Illinois College patrons; for community patrons, please see Schewe Library's Community Patron Policy for further guidance.


Behaviors                                                                                       

Illinois College patrons may not engage in behavior which results in health or safety risks, property damage, or nuisance to other library patrons or staff.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of behaviors that are prohibited for Illinois College patrons when using Schewe Library:

  • Threatening to commit or committing violence.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • Verbal abuse.
  • Bringing weapons into the library.
  • Intoxication.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco in the library or within 15 feet of the library building.
  • Making excessive noise and/or failing to abide by the noise guidelines set out for each library floor.
  • Arguing, fighting, or otherwise creating a detrimental environment to the work of other patrons.
  • Damaging or vandalizing library property.
  • Impeding the use of the library by other patrons or library staff.
  • Refusing to leave the library at closing time or when requested to by library personnel.
  • Behaving in violation of federal, state, or county law.
  • Behaving in violation of Illinois College policies.


Enforcement

  • Library staff will provide a warning to Illinois College patrons whose behavior violates library policy.
  • If library policy is continually violated, library staff will contact the Illinois College Public Safety department and the patron will be removed from the library.
  • Illinois College patrons who have been removed from the library for policy violations may be ineligible to return to the library or may be suspended from library use for a certain period of time.

 

Policy Statement              
Schewe Library is committed to offering the highest level of patron service to members of the Illinois College community.  This policy outlines Schewe Library's service principles and services offered.


Service Principles
Schewe Library is committed to upholding the following service principles:

  • Library personnel are responsible for providing high quality patron service and will be trained and empowered to make decisions that ensure a satisfying library experience for each patron.
  • In order of hierarchical priority, Schewe Library is committed to serving Illinois College students, faculty/staff, and members of the public.
  • Schewe Library offers service to all patrons associated with the Illinois College community regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, or any other criteria which might be a source of discrimination.
  • The ultimate goal of Schewe Library's service efforts are to meet patron expectations while maintaining adherence to the library's mission and vision.
  • Patrons with service complaints will be referred to the Library Director or their designee should the Library Director be unavailable.


Services Offered
Schewe Library provides the following [non-exhaustive list of] services to members of the Illinois College community, and selectively to members of the public:

  • Physical material circulation.
  • Provision and maintenance of online subscription material.
  • Reference and research.
  • Comprehensive literature searching for members of the Illinois College community and institutional bodies (i.e. committees, working groups, etc.).
  • Credit-bearing instruction, single-session instruction, and classroom support.
  • Technology assistance (including help with printing, scanning, faxing, etc.).
  • Course reserves.
  • Interlibrary loan.