Computer and Internet Policy

 

The public computers at the Kendallville Public Library are available for patrons of all ages. They are provided to allow patrons access to a wider variety of resources than is available on site; to provide access to the library's catalog; and to allow patrons to use computers for word-processing, entertainment, literacy and education.

1. Use of the computers to access the Internet at the library is a privilege which requires users to be civil, courteous and lawful. The privilege may be revoked by library employees for abusive or disruptive behavior. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, disrupting the computer system, posting illegal information, and/or accessing, transmitting, uploading, downloading, or distributing materials or language that is pornographic, obscene, abusive, sexually explicit, or harmful to minors. Users are solely responsible for damages or fines resulting from law violations.

2. A guest pass will be issued to patrons not meeting the requirements for an Evergreen Indiana library card. Adults must show a photo ID (driver's license) before a guest pass is issued. Each guest pass is for a one time use only.

3. The library reserves the right to review and delete any files on the hard drives or on public access devices. Patrons may not store any files on the library's computers, but should use their own storage device. No software may be installed on any library computer except by the system administrator.

4. The library provides information and services for the use of its patrons. Any unauthorized use is expressly forbidden. Users must respect all copyright and licensing agreements.

5. The library does not guarantee that the computers will be available when the library is open. Any computer and computer system is subject to down time and the library shall not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential damages (including the loss of data or profits) sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operations, or inability to use the system.

6. Use of the library's computers for hacking or any other unlawful activity is strictly prohibited.

7. Library employees will make reasonable efforts to assist patrons in their use of the public computers and the library catalog. It is the patron's responsibility to learn the programs they wish to use.

8. Library employees and Board of Trustees shall not be responsible for any patron's use, or inability to use, the public access computers located at the library. Any user who uses a public access computer agrees to abide by all library computer use policies, guidelines, and procedures, and releases the library employees and Board from any and all claims which may arise from their use of said computers.

9. Library employees cannot control links and sites that often change rapidly and may be unpredictable. Kendallville Public Library has implemented filtering software on its computers to protect against visual depictions of obscenity, pornography, and materials harmful to minors.

10. Authorized library employees may disable the filtering software, during use by an adult, to enable access to sources for bona fide research or other lawful purpose that conforms to Kendallville Public Library's criteria for acceptable use. Filtering software will immediately be reactivated when the patron is finished viewing the site. Insufficient staffing resources may make it impossible for this service to be offered at times.

11. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities. However, the library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources accessed by members of the public expect as required by law or necessary for the proper operations of the library.

12. Food and drink are not allowed near computers. Costs to replace or repair damage to a computer or keyboard through the users' carelessness with food and drink will be the responsibility of the user.

Violations of these rules may result in loss of access to library computers and may lead to legal action.

COMPUTER LOG SHEETS

Electronic logs of computer use are kept for library statistical purposes only. These will be maintained for two months. At the end of that time they will be deleted from the computer.

ACCESS BY MINORS

Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use. While the library affirms and acknowledges the rights and responsibilities of parents and guardians to monitor and determine their children' access to library materials and resource, including those available though the Internet, the library has taken certain measures designed to assist in the safe and effective use of these resources by all minors.

The Library has installed filtering software, as required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, in an attempt to keep inappropriate materials from minors. However, no filtering blocking technology exists that blocks access only to speech that is obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors. And no filtering technology protects children from all objectionable materials.

For safety and security of minors using the Internet, the library urges minors to keep in mind the following safety guidelines:
1) Never give out identifying information such as home address, school name, or telephone number.
2) Let parents or guardians decide whether personal information such as age, marital status, or financial information should be revealed.
3) Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone via the computer without parent or guardian approval
4) Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, threatening, or make one uncomfortable.

If a minor requests access to a site that is blocked by our filtering software for research purpose, a library employee may allow access to the site only after they have viewed the site (out of view of the minor) and determined that it does not contain unacceptable materials. An employee or the minor's parent or guardian will remain with the minor while the unblocked site is being viewed and the filtering software will immediately be reactivated when they are finished viewing the site. Insufficient staffing resources may make it impossible for this service to be offered at times.

Violations of these rules may result in loss of access and may lead to legal action.

Adopted by the Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees December 2016