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Library Policies: Guidelines for Staff Conduct

Staff members have a special responsibility to:

Maintain the principles of the ALA Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View statements.
Understand and carry out the established policies and procedures of the Keokuk Public Library and to express in a positive manner, directed toward appropriate channels, any concern with or objection to policies, philosophies or programs.

Protect the confidential relationship that exists between a library user and the library.

Maintain an objective and open attitude of understanding, courtesy, and concern for the patrons’ needs.

Serve all patrons equally according to their needs.

Make the resources and services of the library known and easily accessible to current and potential users.
Be aware of the obligations of employment and of what constitutes abuse of working conditions and benefits.

Acknowledge the importance of the work done by all staff and maintain a sense of loyalty to, and cooperation with, other staff members.

Carry out assignments so that other staff members need not assume added responsibilities, except in times of emergency.

Share knowledge and expertise with others.

Represent the library in the community and elsewhere, and promote library services when appropriate.

Staff Dress Code

Library employees need to be able to work comfortably in the workplace, but project a professional image for library users.  Business casual dress with a clean and neat appearance is the standard for this dress code.

Unacceptable articles of clothing for staff include, but is not limited to: blue jeans, sweat pants, miniskirts, shorts, uncovered spaghetti straps, flip-flops, slippers, and any clothing that has words, terms, or pictures that may be offensive to other employees or library users.  Undergarments should be covered at all times.  No visible facial tattoos or piercings.

At the Director’s discretion, employees may be allowed to deviate from the dress code in a manner that is appropriate, time-limited, and available to all employees according to the same conditions.

Due to the nature of the work, student pages may wear jeans and t-shirts throughout the week, provided that they do not detract from a professional image.  Clothing that violates the dress code of Keokuk High School is not allowed.

Friday and Saturday will be considered dress down days.  On these days jeans are allowed, although never clothing potentially offensive to others.

Please remember that some people are allergic to the chemicals in perfumes, so wear with restraint.

Name tags will be worn by staff members during work hours.  If a replacement name tag is needed, please contact the Director or Business Manager.  The employee may be charged for the replacement cost.

Any questions about the dress code should be directed to the director or immediate supervisor.  If clothing fails to meet these standards, the employee will be asked not to wear the inappropriate item to work again and may be asked to comply with dress code requirements immediately.  If the problem persists, progressive disciplinary action will be applied if dress code violations continue.

(Dates include Staff Development policy):

Adopted 2/12/1989
Revised 6/19/1989
Revised 6/18/1990
Revised 2/23/2004
Revised 1/16/2012

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