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THE ANDERSEN CENTER POINT PUBLIC LIBRARY

INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE POLICY

To fulfill its mission of providing public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats,

The Andersen Center Point Public Library (hereafter referred to as the “library”) provides access to Internet resources. Access to the Internet and computers is provided to enhance the library’s collection of information resources. It is intended for the educational and informational use of the library’s customers. Unapproved uses defined under the Code of Iowa are prohibited. (See Iowa Code chapter 728) Patrons using the computers have one half hour to use them unless no other patrons are waiting. If there is no one waiting there are no time constraints.

I. Rights and Responsibilities

The library expects the use of all its electronic sources such as the Internet to be responsible, ethical, and legal, and consistent with the purpose for which those resources are provide. The library complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)). To this end:

•        The library affirms the right of every individual to have access to constitutionally protected material as stated in the library’s collection development policy.

•        Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet use by their children.

•        Internet access is provided in a public area shared by users of all ages, backgrounds, and sensibilities. Users should consider this when accessing potentially controversial information and images.

•        The library reserves the right to ask users to discontinue the display of information and images which cause a disruption.

•        Users should respect the privacy of other Internet users by not observing what sites others are accessing.

•        Users will not misrepresent themselves as any other user; will not attempt to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; will not seek unauthorized access to any computer system; and will   not damage or alter software components of any network or database.

llegal activities subject to prosecution include:

•        Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the library;

•        Violation of computer system security or system configuration;

•        Violation of the copyright laws of the United States;

•        Downloading or provision of child pornography or display of pornography where it may be seen by children.

Practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of computers and Internet.  Patrons are advised to ask about specific steps that are taken with computers and how they can protect themselves further.

These steps are there for the prevention of inappropriate network usage, individual computers and to add a level of privacy to prevent unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information. Technology is not without fault and patrons should be advised that they are responsible for information they provide while using our computers.

 Violation of this computer use policy shall result in the loss of computer privileges and may lead to financial responsibility. Illegal activities will be prosecuted.

II. Conditions and Terms of Use

           ·          Patrons must use their own valid Library card to access computers at the library. Out of town visitors   who do not have a library card may be eligible to obtain a guest pass.

           ·          Our library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning internet jargon or personal computer use.

           ·          The library offers Internet stations and chrome books on a first-come, first-served basis.

           ·          Due to the potential damage food and beverages may cause to computer equipment, beverages must be in sealed containers or with lids and patrons should not eat at the computer stations.

           ·          The library is not responsible for the receipt of unwanted communications, including, but not limited to, viruses when using the wireless network.

           ·          Patrons are responsible for all printouts on their account. Black and White copies are .10 per page or per side. Color copies are .50 per page or per side, for standard 8 ½ x 11” paper.

           ·          Patrons may bring in flash drives or external hard drives to save or to access files that will work with library software. The library does not allow any materials to be saved to the library computers. All personal files are removed at the end of each session.

           ·          Library users may not download software or other applications to library computers. Only library software may be used on library computers.

           ·          Staff members are responsible for starting and turning off library computers. Computers are turned off 15 minutes before closing time. Please be aware of this when planning your internet time.

 

Users shall comply with all conditions and terms of use of the Internet set forth in this policy. Failure to comply will result in loss of Internet privileges in the library. A warning will be given for the first offense, if the behavior isn’t immediately corrected, the patron will be asked to leave for the rest of the day.  Further discipline for serious offenses against this policy rests with the Library Director and may be appealed to the Library Board by the patron.

While respecting individual users’ right to privacy, library staff reserves the right to monitor use of Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Staff may ask users to remove themselves from library equipment if observed behavior is in conflict with this policy.

REV 11/2019

THE ANDERSEN CENTER POINT PUBLIC LIBRARY

WIRELESS INTERNET USAGE POLICY

 

The Library offers wireless connections to the library’s internet service. If you are bringing your own laptop, tablet, or phone, you are able to use the library’s internet connection.

PLEASE NOTE: Library staff CANNOT assist you with your laptop or configuration.

The Library CANNOT accept the liability of handling any of your equipment.

Remember:

The internet/personal computer use policy of library applies to all wireless devices in the library.  Unfiltered, wireless internet access is provided FREE of charge to anyone using their personal device or laptop that is equipped with functioning wireless or a wired network connection. 

Printing is NOT available on the library’s wireless network.

Users do not need to be a library card holder to use the system. Regular library computer time limits do not apply to wireless access use.

The library assumes no responsibility for a wireless user’s equipment or software and cannot guarantee the security of an individual’s files or transmissions. Remember, library staff will not provide technical assistance to wireless users. Wireless Internet access may not be used for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes. No one may send, receive or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as obscene or violent.

Just a reminder, the library’s wireless network is open and not deemed secure. Information sent from your laptop could be captured by someone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software.

The library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library’s wireless network.

You may encounter “dead” spots or areas of lessened transmission. If this happens, try another location in the library.

REV 11/2019