COMPUTER AND INTERNET POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Board Approved 9/5/01
Revised 10/5/11, 1/09/13, 8/2015
COMPUTERS AND INTERNET:
There are six computers available for public use. Patrons with valid library cards may sign into these computers using their library card number and last name. Visitors may be signed on to the computers using guest passes or remote login provided by the library staff. All patrons are asked to follow the same set of rules.
We ask that patrons observe the rule of one individual per computer, as the space surrounding each terminal is limited.
Children between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age must have a parent sign a computer/Internet use policy. The parent must physically come to the library to sign this sheet. No signed computer policies will be accepted unless a library staff member witnesses the designated individual signing the sheet, in person, at the library circulation desk. The library affirms responsibility of the parents or guardians to guide their children’s use of the Internet.
Users are responsible for any loss or damage done to the computer, printers or their own information.
Patrons are limited to one hour (60 minutes) of computer use per day. Upon request and at the library staff’s discretion, patrons may be allowed additional time to complete their projects. Additional time may not be given if there is a waiting list for the computers.
Arrangements for proctored exams must be made ahead of time with the library director so that patrons may have use of the necessary computer time needed to complete tests.
Inappropriate use of the Internet is prohibited. It is illegal to access, view, print, distribute, display, send or receive images or graphics of material that violates laws relating to child pornography. Since the Internet Access computers are located in public areas which must be shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities, the library reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images which violate these laws.
Individuals may not modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others. Individuals may not seek unauthorized access to any computer system, damage or alter software components of any network or database. Patrons are responsible for compliance with all copyright laws protecting software.
The library does not provide e-mail accounts through the library’s Internet service provider on any computer.
Individuals may not harass, libel, or slander others, misrepresent oneself as another user, or plagiarize copyrighted information on the Internet.
The library staff is not required to instruct patrons in computer and Internet use, but will provide this service to the best of their ability as time permits. Patrons are encouraged to explore and become familiar with the Internet on their own, as staff experience varies and they may not be familiar with the application you wish to use.
Patrons with appropriate hardware may access the library’s wireless service. All users are expected to follow the library policies regarding inappropriate and illegal use of information and access. No time limitations will be applied to patrons with their own devices.
The library will make no attempt to differentiate between juvenile and adult users of the wireless internet service as we do with library-owned computers. The library will assume that those under 18 years of age in possession of the necessary equipment will have attained this equipment with the knowledge and approval of their parents or guardians.
Printing is available from all computers and through the wireless network. Wireless users with Windows 7 or less will automatically be directed to the circulation computer. Patrons with Windows 8 or above will automatically be directed to the networked printer. Printing charges apply as posted.