Internet Use and Safety Policy
The Library offers free public access to the Internet
as a service to allow its patrons to retrieve information in electronic
format from sources around the world. The Library has a responsibility
to provide a wide range of informational resources and points of view
in a variety of formats for all of its users. However, the Internet
is only one tool to be considered in searching for information. It is
not always accurate, up-to-date, unbiased or all-inclusive. Other Library
material such as books, periodicals and reference databases may be more
appropriate and accurate.
Library users access the Internet at their own discretion
and are responsible for any material they may retrieve. The Library
does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through
the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content or quality.
The Libraryís selection policies, which serve to guide the Libraryís
purchase of materials, are not applicable to material accessed electronically.
The Internet may contain material of a controversial or mature nature.
Following the principles and guidelines of the American Library Association,
the Library neither censors access to materials nor protects users from
information they find offensive.
Access to and use of the Internet is a service offered
by the Library which should be used in a responsible and ethical manner
consistent with the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational
purposes for which it is provided.
The following purposeful, illegal and/or criminal
activities constitute unacceptable use:
- Using Library workstations for any illegal or criminal
purpose that violates local, state, or federal laws (including, but
not limited to, committing fraud; hacking; or engaging in communications
which are libelous or slanderous)
- Viewing child pornography
- Deliberately sending, receiving or displaying obscene
- Violating copyright law or software licenses
- Compromising the privacy of users
- Attempting to interfere with or disrupt users,
services or equipment
- Attempting to install, delete, or modify Library
software; attempting to install or run any programs that have not
been installed by the Library
CHILDRENíS USE OF THE INTERNET
The Library is aware of parental concerns over children’s
use of the Internet and wishes to have the child’s experience
be a safe and rewarding one. Library staff can provide assistance and
help to identify appropriate sites. However, librarians cannot monitor
an individual’s use. Searching the Internet can result in accessing
offensive material either accidentally or intentionally. Therefore,
parents are strongly encouraged to take an active role in their children’s
use of the Internet and communicate to the child what is appropriate
and safe behavior while using this resource.
Following the guidelines of the American Library Association, the Library
does not restrict patrons’ access to any of its material or information.
Any restrictions on use or access by young people are solely the right
and responsibility of the parent, guardian or caregiver. They are responsible
for ensuring their own minor children’s safety when using e- mail,
chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Violations of any part of this policy may result
in the loss of Library privileges. Persons violating the Library’s
Internet Use policy will be notified in writing that their behavior
has violated the Library’s policy. If such behavior occurs a second
time, penalties will be imposed.
Penalties may include suspending or terminating the
patron’s access to Library computers or rescinding their Library
card, [which could prevent use of any C/W MARS Library].
Users will be held responsible for any damage to hardware,
software, data, furniture or equipment.
Illegal acts involving Library computing resources
may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.