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Our Services

OUTREACH

Part of the Putnam County Library’s mission is to provide education and entertainment to the community of Putnam County. Part of fulfilling this mission is to bring these services outside the walls of the library. In this regard, the Putnam County Library offers outreach opportunities as we are able. Please contact us if you or your organization has a need that the Putnam County Library can fill that takes our services outside of our library and into our community.

Examples of current outreach

  • Stocking and rotating books in the libraries of assisted living communities
  • Facilitating book clubs in community organizations like the Cookeville Senior Center
  • Educational programming outside of the library

PROCTORING

What is proctoring?
Proctoring is the process in which one person supervises another person who is taking an examination. This is a service that is frequently needed for distance learners. Many students use the Internet and other means to take classes offered by educational institutions in another part of the state or the country while continuing to live in this area. But in some cases, they may be required to take their examinations under supervision in a designated location.

What can we do for students?
We can try to provide a proctor and a time and place for students to take their exams. This is conditional and must be pre-approved by the Library Director, Adult Services Librarian or Children’s Services Librarian before scheduling a proctor time. We cannot provide continuous observation of students during their examinations. Students who require this must find an alternative testing location on their own.

Where does the proctoring take place?
Proctoring can be conducted in the Tennessee Room or in the general upstairs library study areas.

How are proctoring services arranged and scheduled?
Patrons who wish to set up a proctoring time must contact the Library Director, Adult Services Librarian or Children’s Services Librarian. At their discretion, a proctoring time may be scheduled where guaranteed time and space is provided for the student to complete their exam, as well as a proctoring signature. If a librarian is unavailable for the student’s testing time or foresees work-related or other conflicts that jeopardize the general functionality of the library, the librarian has the right to deny any proctoring request. Once a proctoring time is scheduled, the librarian also has the right to cancel or reschedule a proctoring time due to work-related conflicts or library events.

PUBLIC COMPUTERS

The Putnam County Library System offers public use of the Internet as part of the library’s mission to provide access to services and information in a variety of formats that promote lifelong learning, thus enhancing quality of life and broadening horizons for all citizens of Putnam County. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world.

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, this library is using filtering software to protect minors from visual depictions of pornography. This software is active on all public access computers. An adult may ask for unfiltered access without divulging the nature of his or her search; however, a person using an unfiltered computer is still restricted for viewing pornographic images. Minors will not be granted unfiltered access. The filtering software will not be used to keep records of what sites are visited; the only purpose of this software is to block pornographic images.

Responsibility
As with all library resources, the library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to access the Internet.

All Internet resources accessible through the library are provided to all users. There is no age limit for use of any materials provided on the Internet. Children have access to the same resources as adults. It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to decide what resources are appropriate for their children.

The library does not monitor an individual’s use of any websites except for length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone, or when materials displayed on the screen are not appropriate in a public environment and user responsibilities are violated. Individuals use the Internet at their own discretion.

Guidelines for acceptable use
Use of library computers is limited to two sessions per day with a duration of one hour. If no one is waiting for a computer, these sessions may be extended by up to one hour.

Users must accept all U.S. copyright laws and licensing agreements pertaining to software, files and other resources obtained via the Internet. The library expressly disclaims any responsibility resulting from copyright infringement by a library user.

Downloading of images or files from the Internet to the computer’s hard drive is strictly prohibited.

The library will conform to all local, state and federal laws regarding minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.

All Internet users should avoid disclosing personal information over the Internet to preserve their own personal safety. Library Internet users are prohibited by law from disclosing, using or disseminating personal information regarding minors without written authorization of the parent or legal guardian of the minors involved.

Engaging in any of the following activities is a violation of this policy: libeling or slandering of others; uploading a worm, virus or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in hacking activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks or information systems.

In accordance with the Tennessee Code Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 9, sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene by community standards are prohibited, regardless of age.

Internet users are prohibited from using library computers to compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms or direct electronic communications. Such use includes, but is not limited to: giving others private information about one’s self or others or arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has met on the Internet without a parent or legal guardian’s permission.

Violations
The user’s access to the library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. Misuse of library computers will result in the loss of computer privileges, and possible criminal prosecution.