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Developed September 26, 2000
The Library provides space on its public bulletin board for announcements and notices of local community events. This service is in keeping with the Library's overall philosophy of providing access to a wide range of information sources.
All notices and posters must be approved and placed on the bulletin board by library staff. Staff may discard items not approved for placement and excess copies of any items received.
Staff will follow publicly posted guidelines in making decisions about the placement of materials. Items will be posted or made available on an equitable basis, subject to available space, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of the individuals or groups represented.
Religious and political materials are permissible for informational purposes or special events; materials that have the primary effect to proselytize for a single point of view will not be displayed.
In general, no items devoted solely to the sale, advertising, solicitations or promotion of commercial products or services for a single profit making business will be accepted. Staff may make exceptions for announcements of educational opportunities provided by profit making businesses, or items including a variety of beneficiaries.
Posting of a notice does not imply endorsement by the library staff or the Board of Trustees of the viewpoints expressed in the items.
The bulletin boards are not available for personal, or family use, or for purely social use.
Items may be refused based on: size and available space. The size limit for posted items is 8 1/2" by 11". The available space for posting is limited to the designated community bulletin board.
All items placed on the bulletin board must be approved by the Information Services Department Head (Morganton Public Library) or the Branch Manager (Valdese Public Library and C. B. Hildebrand Public Library) or the Head's or Branch Manager's designated representative using the criteria above. Items not so approved will be removed from the bulletin boards and disposed of as deemed appropriate by the Information Services Department Head or Branch Manager (or the Head's or Branch Manager's designated representative.)
Due to limited space, all qualified items might not be displayed. If any items cannot be displayed because of space, the items received first will be displayed. No items will be excluded due to viewpoint.
The library does not assume any responsibility or liability for items submitted for display on the bulletin board. The organization/individual assumes responsibility for any damage incurred.
Items will be removed from the bulletin boards by the Information Services Department Head or the Branch Manager (or by the Head's or Branch Manager's designated representative) as outlined below:
Items that become dated will be removed for the bulletin boards and will be disposed of as deemed appropriate. For example, posters announcing meetings will be removed after the meeting. Other items will be removed after thirty days, unless there is space available and the item is considered to be of general interest. Items directly concerned with the library will be displayed as long as appropriate.
Effective February, 2003
Exhibit spaces and display case(s) in the Burke County Public Library, with sites at Morganton, Valdese, and Hildebran, are utilized primarily to promote reading, education and library usage. Themes for displays or exhibits may be educational, seasonal, patriotic, cultural or community focused. Use of community collections and artifacts are featured and formulated to appeal to the entire community. Exhibits and displays are selected and/or organized by professional librarians who are knowledgeable of the community and its resources. Selection is based on the widest community appeal and interest, format, space, staff and budget allowances.
All displays and exhibits are initiated by the Library. Areas for displays and exhibits at Morganton Public Library, Valdese Public Library, and C.B. Hildebrand Public Library are not public forum and are not available to the public. Displays are designed to be content-neutral since the Library does not take sides in political or social controversies.
Morganton Main Library and Valdese Public Library offer meeting rooms for the use of the public on equal terms for the lawful activities of groups and individuals, regardless of their affiliations or beliefs. These meeting rooms are available for groups or individuals to conduct organizational or program meetings, seminars, study groups, planning sessions, training programs, and related activities.