COMPUTER ACCESS

 

 

It is the mission of Hennessey Public Library to offer  free access to information to adult patrons.  The following policy will apply:

 

I.  COMPUTER ACCESS

 

POLICY STATEMENT:  Access to the master library computer will be limited to staff or volunteers designated by the library director.  Only library staff will be given passwords.

 

POLICY STATEMENT: The public access computers are available to all library patrons 8 years of age and over during library hours.  Younger patrons must be assisted by an adult.

 

II. INTERNET ACCESS

 

POLICY STATEMENT:  The library is responsible for providing a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access. It must protect against access by adults and minors to visual depictations that are obscene, child pornography, or—with respect to use of computers with Internet access by minors—harmful to minors.  It may be disabled for adults engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purposes.  Unauthorized access, including “hacking,” and other unlawful activities including but not limited to unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors, will result in loss of computer privileges and will be reported to legal authorities.  The library cannot be held responsible for the effectiveness of any filtering software in use because no filter will eliminate all offensive material from view; however, computer screens will be placed in full view of librarians for monitoring purposes.

 

STAFF PROCEDURES:

 

 

1.  Patrons under the age of 18 will be allowed access to the Internet only upon receipt of a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.  Staff may call to verify signatures.

 

2.  Filtering Technology will remain in place for patrons under the age of 18 that will block direct electronic communications and  visual depictations that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.

 

3.  Underage patrons must present a barcoded card for Internet Access, and staff will verify access permission.

 

4.  When the age of the patron is in question, a driver's license or other ID showing birthdate may be used for verification of majority age.

 

5.  Parental permission to use the Child or Chico profiles on the computers is not required since these profiles do not allow access to the Internet.  Permission is required for Internet access only.

 

6.  The filtering technology may be disabled for Patrons 18 and over who affirm that they are engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purposes. 

 

III.  USER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

POLICY STATEMENT:  Sexually explicit materials may not be printed unless from recognized health information services.

POLICY STATEMENT:  Patrons will be allowed to print or download information in accordance with copyright law. 

 

      COPYRIGHT:  U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, 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 the 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.

 

STAFF PROCEDURES:

 

1. Information may be printed at a cost of 10 cents per page.  This is to cover the cost of paper, ink, and maintenance and is not payment for service or information.

 

 

2.  Patrons may download information to a 3 1/2" computer diskette provided by the library at a cost of $1.00 per diskette, or CD, or at no cost to personal media they provide for their own use.

 

POLICY STATEMENT:  There will be a limit of 30 minutes per session when other patrons are waiting to use the computers.  Under circumstances approved by the library director, a longer session may be reserved.

 

 

STAFF PROCEDURES:

 

1.  Staff will maintain a sign-in sheet to monitor computer usage time.

 

2.  Patrons will be signed in by staff for all computer access including art, word processing, library search and other programs.

 

3.  Patrons awaiting access will be signed in for the computer they wish to use but may move to the first available computer as needed.

 

4.  Patrons who do not relinquish the computer at the end of their allotted time may lose computer access privileges.

 

5.  Patrons who expect a session to exceed 30 minutes and who cannot complete the activity in multiple sessions (i.e. FAFSA applications, federal document downloads, insurance forms, etc.) may make an appointment with the library director for time on the computer  and that computer will be reserved for a single unspecified period of time.

 

 

IV.  CENSORSHIP

 

POLICY STATEMENT:  The Hennessey Public Library enforces the right to freedom of access to information within the limits of the current law.  The library staff will not limit the scope of an adult Internet search so long as the search is both legal and ethical.   At no time will the Hennessey Public Library or its staff by held liable for any damages, direct or indirect, that may occur to the user (or the user's data) as a result of Internet service at the library.

 

STAFF PROCEDURES:

 

1.   Examples of unethical or illegal uses of the computer include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

A.  Harassment of other library patrons which may include, but is not limited to,  accessing  visuals or sounds that may be disruptive or offensive to others in the library.

B.  Harassment of people online which may include, but is not limited to, libel, slander, and threatening communications.

C.  Unauthorized printing or downloading of copyright-protected material

D.  Use of the Internet computers for commercial business ventures

E.   Accessing 18-and-over-only sites when underage.

F.   Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking.”

G.  Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.

H.  Contact with minors for the purpose of  illegal acts.

 

2.  Library staff may request that the patron refrain from unethical, illegal, or harassing behavior.  Repeated behavior will be considered misuse of library materials and will cause the library card to be expired for a period of six months.  Illegal use will cause the library card to be expired permanently.


Revised 4/10/08