Internet use-Britton Public Library

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Computer and Internet Use Policy

A.     Computer use is offered in thirty minute sessions on a first come, first serve basis.  Each user is allowed one session, if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user may have a second session.

1.      All users must sign a Computer/Internet use agreement prior to first use of computers.

2.      Research on the computer is a priority over other activities and may allow you to remain on the computer while others are asked to terminate their session for waiting patrons.

3.      Users must sign in at the computer desk with name, date, time and computer they will be using.

4.      Users will respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.

5.      By mutual agreement, two persons may share one access session as long as their behavior or conversation does not disturb other users or library staff.

6.      Computers in Children’s section of the library are for use by children 9 and under who are able to operate the computers on their own or with the help of a parent.  Librarians will be of some assistant but not able to help them run the games.  These computers do not have internet connections.

7.      Unacceptable uses

a)      Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.  Anyone caught destroying or damaging will face criminal persecution and will be financially responsible for labor and parts in restoring the library’s computer back to its original configurations.

b)     Installation, downloading or modification of software

c)      Vandalizing the data of any other user

d)     Attempting to view or read material being used by other users

e)     Violating Federal, State or local laws and regulations

f)        Use of sound or visuals which may be disruptive to others

g)     Saving to library computer hard drives, you may save to your own disks or electronic resource.  The Library is not responsible for loss or damage to personal disks when downloading. 

B.     Internet Access

1.      The Britton Public Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the library's service area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.

2.      Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet.  Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges.

3.      The Internet is a dynamic resource containing vast amounts of information and a small percentage of potentially offensive sites. Because of the nature of the way filters operate, there currently is no filter which does not inadvertently block constitutionally protected material. Many of these unintentionally blocked sites contain valid and valuable information. Nor do filters block all potentially offensive sites. Therefore, the Britton Public Library does not use filters.

4.      Access to the Internet is available to all patrons age 10 and over; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines. An internet use agreement must be signed by all patrons prior to access of internet.

a)     Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the library's Internet service; prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under 18 years of age, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement.  As with other library materials and services, parents or legal guardians are responsible for the information selected and accessed by children.  Parents should let their child know if there are materials which they do not want him/her to use

b)     Patrons age 18 and under are not allowed on social networks or in chat rooms including but not limited to myspace, bebo, facebook, date site, msn messenger, and yahoo chat.  

5.      Guidelines

a)     Users may use the Internet for research and the acquisition of information to address their educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs

b)     Users may use the Internet for the receipt and transmission of electronic mail (e-mail) as long as they use a free e-mail service which will establish and maintain an account for them; the library is unable to manage e-mail accounts for any organization or individual.

c)      Users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will not use it for illegal purposes

d)     Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files

e)     Users agree not to incur any costs for the library through their use of the Internet service

f)        Users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the Internet

g)     Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, programs, or parameters

h)      Users shall not create a personal website.

i)        Internet gaming is prohibited on library computers

j)        Sending, receiving or displaying of graphics to or from any internet website that posts a warning stating the materials are for persons over the legal age, no adult websites (pornography sites) or anything “harmful to minors” is prohibited from the library computers.  Websites with foul language are not permitted.

6.      Sanctions for abuse of internet privileges

a)     The first time an abuse of Internet privileges is called to the attention of a patron, they will be warned that their activity is in violation of the acceptable use policy, should be discontinued immediately, and further violation will result in suspension of use privileges.

b)     The second time an abuse is noted, the patron will be asked to terminate their access session immediately and privileges are suspended for two weeks.

c)      Gross and flagrant abuse will result in suspension of internet privileges from the date of informing the patron of this action.  Gross and flagrant abuse includes, but is not limited to, patrons who have had privileges suspended.  Suspension may be exercised by the Library director or assistant librarians or Britton Public library board members upon finding that a violation is sufficiently serious to warrant this action.  If the patron feels that this action is unjustified he/she may appeal the decision to the Board of Trustees for a hearing.

d)     All violations of state, federal or local laws will be referred to appropriate legal authorities.

C.    Wireless Internet

1.      The library offers free Wi-Fi (wireless) Internet access to patrons bringing in their own wireless-equipped laptops.

2.      You are responsible for the configuration of your own equipment
Britton Public Library staff will not provide any assistance or recommendations regarding configuring or troubleshooting your equipment

3.      Audio output must be muted or directed to your headphones

4.      The coverage area is approximately the whole building
Signal strength and connection speed may vary in some areas

5.      A wireless connection is less secure than a wired connection
you are responsible for understanding the risks. Britton Public Library cannot assure the security of your data when you use any of the publicly available PCs or the wireless network.

6.      Any activity that violates library policy regarding library owned computers is also prohibited on user owned equipment that is connected to the wireless network.

D.    Training on Computer/Internet Use

1.      Staff is available to help you with questions on programs on the computers.  Staff provides limited basic assistance.

2.      Staff is available to introduce Internet access and provide initial instructions on its use. 

3.      To ensure the equitable delivery of all library services, the amount of time staff has available to provide instruction is limited.

E.     Downloading and Printing

1.      Downloading is free of charge to your disk or other electronic resource.  It is illegal to download to the libraries computers.

2.      Printing is allowed from library computers.  Printouts can be picked up at the circulation desk for a nominal charge.  (Printing due for school research is free up to 5 pages).  All printing must be completed within you session.

F.     Microfilm Reader/Slide Scanner Computer

1.      Access to the reader/scanner computer will be the same as other public computers in the library.

2.      Session limits of one (1) hour shall be enforced. 

3.      Assistance is available from the library staff to show you how to use the machines.  The staff is not able to do the research for the patron due to time limitations.

G.    Computer Hardware

1.      The Library owns computer hardware for in house use only, to be used during your access session. 

2.      Photo scanner

3.      Document scanner

4.      Card reader

5.      In focus projector

a)     May be used in meeting room.

b)     You are responsible for price of bulb if not used properly.

c)      Local churches (pastors) or community education classes may request use outside of building, will be decided by library director.

d)     Librarians will assist in connecting the hardware and giving basic instructions.

H.     Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees April 4, 2007