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Internet Use Policy

Stanton Public Library

Internet Use Policy and Guidelines

As part of its mission to provide a broad range of information in a variety of formats, the

Stanton Public Library provides access to the Internet. Staff will conduct Internet

searches when warranted as part of the library’s reference and information services.

Computers are also available for patrons who wish to conduct their own searches.

The library is responsible only for the information provided on its home page. Access

points and links to information resources on the library’s home page are selected by the

director and checked regularly to ensure that they remain valid and consistent with the

roles of the library. The library cannot monitor or control information accessed via the

Internet. The library cannot guarantee that information on the Internet is accurate. If

requested, the librarian will assist patrons in conducting searches and offer guidance on

evaluating sources and verifying information.

The library director will determine the Internet functions that are enabled, but generally,

they will be limited to those that assist patrons in locating and obtaining information.

Files may be downloaded to any form of media device. Patrons who download files are

responsible for verifying that they are free of computer viruses to protect their own

computers. Charges will be established on a cost-recovery basis by the library board. By

logging on to the Internet, patrons agree to abide by the library policy on public use of

microcomputers.

Parents or guardians must assume responsibility for Internet use by their children. The

library will make available to parents information related to safe Internet practices. The

library will not monitor use, restrict access, or block sites. Blocking access to sites is

impractical, filters out valuable information along with the potential objectionable, and

can easily be circumvented by experienced computers users.

Patrons using the Internet in the library may not display text or graphics defined by

federal or state law as obscenity or pornography. Deliberate and continued display of

some materials that are not obscene or pornographic may still constitute sexual

harassment. Actions that violate federal, state, or local laws will be referred to the

appropriate law enforcement agencies. Repeated actions that create a disturbance or that

may be considered sexual harassment may result in the loss of some or all library

privileges. U.S. copyrighted law governs unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted

materials. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials, except as permitted by

the Fair Use regulation without permission of the copyright owner.

Rules Governing Use

Due to limited resources available for provision of public access to the

Internet, the Stanton Public Library may set limits, for example, on use of

large files of still or moving images or sound, or downloading files in any

medium. The Library also reserves the right to limit the amount of time an

individual user can devote to a single session. The public must comply with

all applicable federal, state and local laws, including laws governing the

transmission and dissemination of information while accessing the Internet,

and with Library policies and procedures.

Use of the computer will be on a first come, first serve basis. There is a

thirty(30) minute time limit. If no one has reserved the computer and if no

one is waiting patrons are welcome to use it. A patron may reserve one hour

maximum per day, either by phone or in person. Minors using the computers

will be required to sign the Library’s Internet Access Services Policy

agreement and have parental permission. Their use may be monitored.

Users may not:

- use the network to make unauthorized entry into other

computational, informational or communication services or

resources.

- Distribute unsolicited advertising.

- Invade the privacy of others.

- Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.

- Engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.

- Use the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of

copyright or other rights of third parties.

POLICY VIOLATIONS : First offense violations will normally result in termination

of the current Internet session, and a current-day ban from Internet computers. A

second offense violation will result in a three-month ban from all Stanton Public

Library System computers. For readmission to library Internet use the offender

must indicate understanding of Internet policies in writing, and sign an agreement

with Stanton Public Library System to adhere to the policy. Third offense will

result in a one-year suspension from all Stanton Public Library computers. Each

subsequent violation shall result in a one-year suspension.

Confidentiality

It is the library’s practice not to maintain a history of our customers’

computer use. The library will not retrieve any information, including web

sites visited, passwords or credit card numbers, or any other information a

customer has entered. At the end of the business day, all customer computer

use and reservation records are erased.

Stanton Public Library Internet Policy

Adopted by the Board of Trustees

dated and signed

2/5/2015