Larsen Family Public Library

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Internet Access Policy

Purpose

The library board establishes this Internet policy to ensure appropriate use of Internet resources within the library.

The library provides workstations and WIFI for free public access to the Internet as an informational, educational and recreational resource. By choosing to use this free wireless service, you agree to abide by the library’s computer policy. A library card is required for the use of the computers. Library cards are not transferable between patrons; the patron using the computer must use his/her own card and not anyone else’s. Guest cards are available to patrons who do not have a registered library card.

The library expects that all use of electronic information resources such as the Internet will be responsible and ethical, consistent with the purpose for which these resources are provided. While respecting the individual user’s right to privacy library staff reserves the right to monitor use of computer workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Illegal and unacceptable uses: violations may result in the loss of Internet and/or library privileges. Illegal use of the computers also may be subject to prosecution by local, state and federal authorities. This includes:

  • Using resources for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only: not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.
  • Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files; passwords, or data belonging to others; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer systems, or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.
  • Further respecting the privacy of others using public access work-stations at Burnett Community Library by not interfering with their use.
  • Making only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data.
  • Not sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which may reasonably be construed by library staff as offensive, obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors or to the general public.
  • Not making unauthorized changes to the setup or configuration of the software or hardware. Library software is copyrighted and may not be reproduced.
  • Documents, files or programs may not be saved or downloaded to the hard drive or desktop of the library’s computers. They may be saved to a floppy disk, CD or flash drive belonging to the user.
  • Users may not use their own software, hardware or peripherals.
  • Not transmitting threatening or harassing material.

The Larsen Family Public Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children. Subject to the above restriction, it is the responsibility of the user (or the parent, guardian or care giver) to determine what is appropriate. Library staff assumes that children under the age of 16 who are unattended in the library have parental permission to use the library resources, including the Internet, and must have a signed permission Internet access form on file (on library card application.)

It is not possible for library staff to control specific information people may locate on the Internet. Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, they do not do so for electronic information. Selection policies which serve to govern a library's purchase of written materials may not apply to material accessed electronically. The library does not select the material on the Internet and has not means or statutory authority to assure that only constitutionally protected material is available on the Internet. The authority to determine what is illegal content rests with the courts as defined in Wisconsin and federal statutes.

The library staff may impose restrictions, such as time limits, or the use of the library equipment. While respecting individual users' right to privacy, library staff reserves the right to monitor use of the Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Staff may ask users to remove themselves from library equipment if they observe any behavior, which they judge to be in conflict with this policy. Misuse or abuse of library computers or Internet access may result in suspension of Internet privileges.

Time Limits

Thirty (30) minutes (extension of time may be requested from librarian). If all of the computers are busy, the patron will need to sign up on the Pharos computer to make a reservation to get in queue for the next available computer station. Computers may be reserved in advance. Computer work stations are designed for use by one person at a time.

Printing

The charge for printing off the Internet is 25 cents per page.

Copyright. U.S. Copyright law (Title 17 US Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted material, except as permitted by the principles of fair use. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials, including electronic mail, text, images, programs, or data without explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for the consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user. The library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use or arising from access or use of information obtained through electronic information systems or any consequences thereof.

Cautions

Adult patrons should be cautious when giving personal identification information; children should not do so without their parent’s permission.

Users access the library computer hardware, software and documentation at their own risk. The Larson Family Public Library is not responsible for equipment malfunction, loss of data, any damages to the user’s data, disks, etc. or electronic transactions of any type which are related to the public use of library computer resources.

Children under 16 must be extremely careful when using e-mail, chat rooms, instant mail or any other form of electronic communication. Do not give your real name (use an alias), address, phone number, city or area in which you live, school you attend, etc. to any person on the Internet without your parent’s permission.

Selection Web Sites

Favorite Internet links will be evaluated annually and more will be added or deleted as necessary, The links will be book marked and also printed and made available for the patrons at each terminal. Examples are consumer health web sites, genealogy, reference, Badgerlink, American medical sites.