Internet Use

Conneaut Public Library

Internet Use Policy

Conneaut Public Library provides access to the internet and other electronic resources to further our mission of satisfying the evolving needs and recreational pursuits of our patrons.

Not all information found on the internet is accurate, up-to-date, legal or acceptable to all individuals. The internet is unregulated and materials accessible through it may be biased, inappropriate, or offensive. The library does not control information found on the internet and therefore, cannot be held responsible for its content. Users are advised to use caution when sending personal information such as name, address, social security number, credit cards, etc. over the internet.

It is the policy of the Conneaut Public Library that parents or legal guardians of minor children are ultimately responsible for the child’s use of the internet at the library. Furthermore, Conneaut Public Library staff cannot be held responsible for supervising minors while they are using the computer/internet.

Conneaut Public Library is committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment. Patrons may not display on screens or printers sexually explicit graphics or other materials, which may be objectionable. This includes users of our wireless connections within the building and on the grounds of the Conneaut Public Library.

Conneaut Public Library reserves the right to regulate the use of workstations to include the amount of time a workstation may be used, printing restrictions for that workstation, social media, etc. and further reserves the right to terminate an internet session at any time.

Conneaut Public Library reserves the right to modify this policy and to develop corresponding procedures that are deemed appropriate and in the best interest of promoting and enforcing the internet of this policy.

Users violating the guidelines will be asked to stop. If the violation continues, the user will forfeit to use the workstation/internet and may be asked to leave the library.

All users of the electronic resources the library agree to hold the Conneaut Public Library harmless for any and all claims, losses, damages, obligation, or liabilities directly or indirectly relating to the use of the internet or workstations.

Computer / Internet Use Rules

Guidelines for use:

*All computer/internet users must present their library card at the

  reservation station. Scan card and computer will designate a computer

*Patrons may use the computers/internet 2 times a day

*Computers/Internet is for single use only.

*Use of computer/internet is on a first come, first served basis. If

  someone waiting time limit is enforced by “Envisionware” to 1 hour

*These workstations are part of the library’s local area network (LAN)

  each workstation in network is set to run pre-installed library software

*Do not attempt to run your own software, customize files, or change

  configurations

*Do not turn off the computer or reboot system. Ask staff member for

  assistance

*Individuals should use the internet in a courteous, reasonable and

  responsible manner

*Patrons may not interfere with or disrupt others, nor invade the privacy

  of others

* We ensure the comfort and safety of our employees and visitors by

  encouraging an environment free from smoke, fragrances, unpleasant

  smells. These odors are distracting and may trigger allergic reactions

  or create health problems for sensitive individuals. This policy is meant

  to cover noticeable odors from any source, including foods, personal

  items, perfumes, and grooming.

*Staff provides assistance as time and knowledge permits

*Download files using flash/thumb drive at your own risk

*Exceptions to the computer/internet policies are at the discretion of the

  Director

Restrictions:

*Individuals are expected to use the computers/internet in a responsible

  manner. In order to comply with contemporary community standards

  regarding obscenity as defined in 2907.01 of the Ohio Revised Code,

  the library deems inappropriate the following use. Restrictions are as

  follows.

     *Display of sexually explicit graphics

     *Display or transmission of profane, abusive or threatening language.

     *Juveniles may not view or print materials unsuitable for minors.

*In addition the following practices are deemed inappropriate and

  therefore restricted:

      *Users may not attempt in any way to alter, damage, abuse, or

        sabotage computer equipment or software configurations, or install

        any software

      *If found using another patron card this is considered theft and

        possibility of internet privileges

      *Users are liable for cost arising from malicious damage to library

        equipment or software

      *Users may not use any library terminal for illegal purposes

      *Users may not violate copyright laws of the United States (Title 17

        United States Code)

      *Users may not use library terminals for any activity that is

        deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile

        environment.

      *Users may not disregard time limits on the use of a library terminal

        while others are waiting

      *Users may not violate any local, state or federal statue

Parental Responsibility:

*Parents and/or legal guardians must share with the library the

  responsibility for their children’s use of the computer/internet in the

  library

*Access to material that is considered harmful to juveniles as described

  in the “OBSCENITY” section of the Ohio Revised Code 2907.31 will

  not be permitted.

*Restriction of a child’s access to the internet is the responsibility of the

  parent of legal guardian. If a juvenile is not being monitored by an

  adult, library staff will instruct juveniles to choose another internet site

  or terminate the internet session if they are observed viewing a site that

  might be considered unsuitable for juveniles.

  *Free copies of Child Safety on the information highway are available

Security:

*Deliberate altering of any files or modifying the configuration of any

  Computer or peripherals is considered a violation of the computers

   system security and will result in the loss of computer privileges, with

   possible legal action

*Destruction or damage of equipment due to willful misuse will result in

  legal action

*Willful removal of any part of the computer will be considered theft

  and will result In legal action

*All computers shut down 15 minutes before library closing

Staff Assistance:

*Internet users should have a minimal level of computer experience and able to

  Use a mouse

*Books and manuals are available for self-instruction. Please ask staff member

Policy Enforcement:

*Patrons who access “pornographic” sites are subject to losing computer, internet

  privileges and  perhaps library privileges. Library staff will also intervene by

  ending session using “Envisionware” software installed at front desk. Patron card

  number will be secured into “Envisionware” system so it is no longer a valid card.

*Patrons who otherwise violate the rules and guidelines as set forth by the Board

  of Trustees of The Conneaut Public Library are subject to losing computer,

  internet, and perhaps library privileges. Library staff will intervene by terminating

  use of the library card and/or use of the  building

*Library staff will intervene by terminating computer/internet access to those

  patrons who disregard warnings.

Warnings:

*The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States code) governs the regulations, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted material. Responsibility for any possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user; The Conneaut Public Library disclaims any responsibility or liability resulting thereof.

*Displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures could be in violation of

 State or Federal obscenity laws.

*The user agrees to hold The Conneaut Public Library harmless from any claims, loses, damages, obligations, or liabilities relating to the use of information obtained from the library’s electronic system.

*Software downloaded from the internet may contain a virus and users are cautioned to have virus-checking software on their computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to a users travel drive or computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from an individual’s use of the library’s computer/internet service.

Legislation:

*As important national debate in courts and Congress continues balancing

  intellectual freedom with protection of minors from pornographic and sexually

  explicit materials, we will revise our policies and practice to comply with those

  decisions.

Time Limits:

*Time will be limited to one hour (unless no one is waiting.)  Then unlimited

*Assignment of computer(s) is determined by Envisionware software.

*All computers shut down 15 min. before closing by Envisionware software

Printing & Downloading :

*Printouts are .25¢ (twenty-five cents) per page including mistakes

*If you wish to download files, it is at your own risk. You must bring your

  own jump drive.

Adopted by the BOT Date: 3/26/15