About this Site

The Southfield Public Library recognizes that provision of information via this web page is one of the most basic means we have of reaching and serving our users.  To this end, the Library devotes considerable resources to our page development and constantly seeks to improve our site. Please send any questions or comments you have to Ken Landa, Coordinator of Technology.

Copyright Compliance

Southfield Public Library has applied for protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

As a member of the Metro Net Library Consortium, all users of Southfield Public Library’s connection to Metro Net, including Library staff, must abide by the Metro Net Acceptable Use Policy. Failure to comply with the acceptable use policy may result in a revocation of Internet access privileges.

The Metro Net acceptable use policy states:

It is not acceptable to use Metro Net for purposes contrary to state or federal laws.

In such situations where a copyright infringement is suspected, the Southfield Public Library agent shall be contacted. The agent shall take down the questioned materials within an expedient time period and evaluate the accusation.

Web Site Collection Development Policy

Purpose of this Policy: to describe the Library’s method and criteria in choosing web-based resources to include on the Library’s web site.

The Southfield Public Library maintains a Web Site on the World Wide Web to meet the general informational, educational, and recreational needs of the Library’s community.

Links to World Wide Web sites from the Library’s Web Site are selected to broaden, enrich, and complement the Library’s print and audio-visual collections. Sites are evaluated according to their credibility, quality, and usefulness.

Selection of World Wide Web sites linked from the Library’s Web Site are based on reviews and recommendations in sources such as Internet World, Online, Library Journal, and School Library Journal.

Factors considered when evaluating sites for selection include the following:

  • Access
    • Stability of site
    • No fees required (except for purchased information sources)
    • Consistently available
  • Design
    • Well organized
    • Clear instructions
    • Easy to use
    • Uncluttered and cleanly designed
    • Graphics that enhance the content
  • Content
    • Authority and competence of the author
    • Documented, accurate, verifiable
    • Timely and updated regularly
    • Appropriateness of subject matter in relation to library policy & community standards
    • Satisfies community requests and/or anticipated public demand

Linked sites will be reviewed periodically for access, design, and content. If a site no longer meets Library selection criteria it will be removed.

The Southfield Public Library Web Site will continue to evolve in response to the ever-changing nature of the Internet. This policy will be reviewed and revised by Library staff on a regular basis.

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