Nevada Minimum Public Library Standards
The notes are an integral part of the Minimum Public Library Standards for Nevada and are included as explanatory information.
Minimum Standard 1: Written by-laws are adopted by the board, available in the library for review, and submitted to the appropriate local governmental entity, i.e., County Commission or City Council/Supervisors. They are reviewed, revised, re-adopted, and filed with the appropriate local authority at least every five years.
Written policies for operation of the library include, but are not limited to, selection of materials and request for reconsideration; personnel; facility use; interlibrary loan; circulation; public internet access; collection development; and confidentiality. Policies are available in the library for review. The policies are reviewed, revised and re-adopted at least every five years.
Minimum Standard 5: Hours of service should be offered in relation to local community needs as determined by the Library Board of Trustees and the hours and days selected for service should reflect the maximum potential use. An annual review of the hours and days selected for service shall be conducted by the Library Board of Trustees as part of the local budget process.
A system-wide average of hours opened is calculated by using the total number of hours the entire library jurisdiction is open divided by the reported number of library branches or outlets within the jurisdiction.
Minimum Standard 6: Library buildings shall meet community needs as determined by the Library Board of Trustees and shall be compliant with local, state and federal regulations.
Minimum Standard 7: If Options I, II, III are adopted, the annual statistics entry may be modified by NSLAPR to more easily capture the required data.
Definitions of line items are determined by the accounting practices of the local jurisdiction. The local jurisdiction will identify and memorialize which line item(s) are defined by the words: rent(s) for facility(s), motor pool/vehicle charges, technology.
The selected option shall be determined during the budget process each year, prior to the adoption of the budget for the forthcoming fiscal year. The option selected shall be documented and will be in effect during the term of the forthcoming fiscal year.
Preface: The NSLAPR Administrator shall have the authority to declare any given year one of "extraordinary circumstances" Such declaration would allow for the automatic waiver of standards for individual library jurisdictions in order to accommodate unprecedented or unforeseeable changes in the economy, natural disasters, or other unavoidable problems.
Minimum Standard 8.d: This good faith effort may be achieved by inclusion of a Continuing Education component in the required 5-Year Plan (NRS 397.003). This component will include the manner in which library employees who do not hold Master’s Degrees will be educated and/or trained in those competencies delineated in NAC 379.020 and will be appropriate to the size of the population served and the resources available.
Successful compliance with good faith efforts made to satisfy this standard does not confer certification upon participating library employees.
Minimum Standard 11: The "Request for Waiver of Minimum Standards" form shall be completed by the applicant library, signed by the Library Board, and submitted to the Administrator of the Nevada State Library and Archives by the last Friday in January of each year.
The NSLAPR Administrator shall grant or deny the waiver within thirty days of receipt and return a signed copy of the form to the applicant library.
Granted waivers shall be filed by NSLAPR as an addendum to the master plan of the applicant library.
NSLAPR shall provide a summary report of waivers requested and whether approved or denied to State Council of Libraries and Literacy at the first meeting of the year subsequent to February 28.
A Request for Waiver will be evaluated by the NSLAPR Administrator on a good faith basis: has the applicant library presented a plan to come into compliance with the applicable standard(s) that is achievable within a defined period of time.