latchkey kids in academic libs -Reply

Carole Clemens (
Wed, 04 Sep 1996 07:43:05 -0600

The media department in the Albertsons
Library is a major open part of the second
floor. We have established the policy that
children 14 years of age and under must be
accompanied by an adult at all times during
their time here. A large sign is posted on our
front counter. We have prepared handouts to
give to unattended children as we escort them
out the door. The information is also included
in the Library Information Series of reference
sheets which are given to all students and
faculty. When parents/guardians, etc., manage
to by-pass all of the above, they are given the
policy information when they return. So far
these methods have worked fairly well.

We don't carry that much in children's video
material nor entertainment videos either.
Perhaps that discourages people more than any
other approach.

Good luck with your "problem."

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05:33pm >>>

lately, we have been noticing that grad.
students and staff
have been setting their kids up in the media
dept. armed with
enough videos (ours and theirs) to last
through a 3 hour class,
or sadly, an 8 hour workday.

do any of you ACADEMIC libraries have
written policies about
unattended children in the library? my boss
is mostly concerned
about the liability and risk involved and i am
of course concerned
with the kids working the equipment.

any information will be appreciated - either
on the list or to
me directly. THANKS,

rhonda rosen
loyola marymount university