July 30, 2014

Internet and Computer Use Policy

Adopted Date November 19, 2013
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POLICY TITLE:  Internet and Computer Use

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the Stark County District Library that:

Integral to the mission of the Stark County District Library is the provision of meeting the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the diverse population of Stark County. As the Library strives to be the county’s premier resource center, Internet workstations are available to all customers. Usage is not restricted by need or residency. Parents or legal guardians may choose to allow their children under the age of 16 to override the Internet filter upon encountering a blocked site. Each customer is asked to accept the Library’s Internet and Computer Use Policy in order to initiate an Internet session on Library workstations.

Although all public computers use filtered Internet access, the public wireless does not filter Internet content. Filtering on user owned or provided devices is the responsibility of the owner of the device or the legal parent or guardian of the user.

The information available on the Internet, due to its scope and diversity, may not be accurate, authoritative, factual, legal, reliable, or complete. Library customers should carefully assess the validity of information located on the World Wide Web.

The Stark County District Library does not provide email or social networking clients on Library computers. Email and social networking applications are available via the web, and parents or legal guardians have the responsibility to oversee their children’s use of the Internet and Library computers.

The Stark County District Library’s network supports access to the most commonly used Internet protocols. The content of some web sites may not be accessible due to Network security. Library employees are available to provide limited assistance to individual customers. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of Library workshops which provide basic instruction on the Internet and computer skills.

Customers may save files to external storage drives; send files to their personal email accounts; or print documents for a fee at designated workstations. The option to save personal files to the hard drive or the Network is not available. The Library’s computers can be used to access web-based e-mail accounts.

Customers are welcome to use the Internet, but may not display images that are deliberately offensive or create a hostile or intimidating environment. Customers may not display on screens or printers sexually explicit graphics or other materials which may be obscene, illegal, or harmful to minors as defined in local, state, and federal law or applicable court decisions. The use of the Internet or any computer device within the library to engage in any activity which constitutes a violation of local, state, or federal law is strictly prohibited. Internet users are governed by the library’s Appropriate Conduct Policy.

Absolute privacy for customers using electronic resources cannot be guaranteed. Any user name, password, email, credit card number, financial, or other information entered may not be private or completely secure.

This Internet Policy will be reviewed by the Stark County District Library’s Board of Trustees at least annually.