Adopted February 16, 2022 by the Board of Trustees of Troy-Miami County Public Library
The Library supports its mission of connecting people with ideas and information by developing and presenting programs that provide additional opportunities to enrich, empower, educate, and entertain. Programming is an integral component of library service that:
- Expands the Library’s role as a community resource
- Introduces patrons and non-users to Library resources
- Provides entertainment
- Provides opportunities for lifelong learning
- Expands the visibility of the library
Ultimate responsibility for programming at the Library rests with the Director, who administers under the authority of the Board of Trustees. The Director, in turn, delegates the authority for program management to other staff throughout the system.
Not all programs and events that occur in the library are covered by this policy. Library meeting and study rooms can be used by the public without being defined as library programming and are governed by the Meeting Room Use Policy. This policy is intended to cover library managed and library sponsored programs as well as programs that are library partnerships with external organizations.
The Library’s staff use the following criteria in making decisions about program topics, speakers, and accompanying resources:
- Community needs and interests
- Availability of program space
- Treatment of content for intended audience
- Presentation quality
- Presenter background/qualifications in content area
- Relevance to community interests and issues
- Historical or educational significance
- Connection to other community programs, exhibitions or events
- Relation to Library collections, resources, exhibits and programs
In addition, the Library draws upon other community resources in developing programs and actively partners with other community agencies, organizations, educational and cultural institutions, or individuals to develop and present co-sponsored public programs. Professional performers and presenters that reflect specialized or unique expertise may be hired for Library programs. Performers and presenters will not be excluded from consideration because of their origin, background, or views, or because of possible controversy. Library staff who present programs do so as part of their regular job and are not hired as outside contractors for programming.
All Library programs are open to the public. Most library programs are free however, a fee may be charged for certain types of Library programs. The Library’s philosophy of open access to information and ideas extends to Library programming, and the Library does not knowingly discriminate through its programming. Library sponsorship of a program does not constitute an endorsement of the content of the program or the views expressed by participants, and program topics, speakers and resources are not excluded from programs because of possible controversy.
Registration may be required for planning purposes or when space is limited. Programs may be held on site at any Library location, or off site. Any sales of products at Library programs must be approved by the Library and benefit the Library. Programs are not used for commercial, religious, or partisan purposes or the solicitation of business.
External organizations or individuals partnering with the Library on programs must coordinate marketing efforts with the Library’s Community Engagement Manager.
Programs sponsored by the Library within the Library or at off-site library-sponsored events may be photographed or video-recorded by library staff or its representatives for use on the library’s website or social media pages.
The Library welcomes expressions of opinion from patrons concerning programming. If a patron questions a library program, they should first address the concern with a Library staff member. Patrons who wish to continue their request for review of Library programs may submit the Request for Reconsideration form. After receiving a completed Request for Reconsideration, the Library Director will appoint an ad hoc committee of three professional staff to consider the request. The Director will respond in writing to the patron.