Web Site Policy

Consistent with the Jackson District Library mission statement, the purpose of the Library’s website (www.jackson.lib.mi.us) is to provide Jackson County residents with information about the library and its services and is the library’s official presence on the Internet. The site serves as both a gateway to the library’s resources and services and a public relations tool which promotes and presents the Library in a virtual environment.

The responsibility for website content and design rests with the Director or his designee. The responsibility for website technical maintenance rests with the Technology Administrator.

The Jackson District Library website provides links to outside Internet resources for use by the library’s staff and patrons. The purpose of including the links on our website is to assist our users with finding quality information on the Internet. The links are selected and evaluated by information professionals and chosen carefully.

The Jackson District Library may not restrict access to material nor shield users from controversial information when the Internet is accessed through its webpage. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection.

The Library does not control the availability of information links, which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information.

Connecting to those links may cause the user to leave the Jackson District Library site for other Internet locations. The links are provided “as is” and, although the library evaluates those links for quality, Jackson District Library does not control their content or warrant that those outside resources always willbe available, reliable, timely, or accurate.

In addition, the Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of its web server or from its connections to other Internet services through our service provider.

The selection policies, which govern a library’s purchase of written materials, may not apply exactly to materials accessed electronically. The criteria used to evaluate outside links are similar to the criteria used to select materials for the library collection and include but may not be limited to:

Content:

  • Relevance for the Jackson community and its library users
  • Depth, quantity, and unique nature of information contained on the site
  • Quality (accuracy, timeliness, authority) of the information provided
  • Broad appeal of the subject matter
  • Free accessibility of the information
  • Purpose of the site. Does it provide quality and balanced information or simply espouse a point of view?

Source:

  • Background expertise of the site’s author and/or sponsor
  • Inclusion of contact and background information for the author and/or site sponsor
  • Third party reviews of the site and/or its author and sponsor

Technical Considerations:

  • Speed of loading
  • Consistency of site availability
  • Number of special applications needed to view site material (Is Java
  • capability necessary? Flash? Adobe Acrobat? Sound and/or movie
  • viewers?)
  • Access by the broadest range of available browser releases

Ease of use:

  • Intuitive nature of site navigation for new Internet users
  • Presence of site search capability
  • Attractiveness of site as it relates to ease of understanding content
  • Are frames used?
  • Does the site prevent easy exit?

Sites generally will not be linked to the Jackson District Library if their purpose is strictly commercial, limited to a narrow subject specialty, or designed for the purpose of promoting a particular point of view.