NEW CARLISLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The New Carlisle Public Library supports parents and guardians in their efforts to guide their own children's access to print, non-print, and on-line information. The library provides printed materials about the Internet and its resources. However, most current information about the Internet resides on the network itself.
The mission of the New Carlisle - Olive Township Public Library is to provide free, open and equal access to ideas and information to all members of the community.
1. The use of the Internet is a privilege and access is voluntary.
2. The New Carlisle Public Library believes that the Internet provides benefits of access to information resources and collaboration that outweigh potential disadvantages of access.
3. The New Carlisle Public Library seeks to preserve the minors' status as full members of the Internet community and maintain that status without fear from harm or exploitation.
4. The New Carlisle Public Library cannot control the resources on the Internet. The Internet is not a static entity. The Internet changes each minute as new computers connect and existing computers add or delete information,.
Some sites accessible via the Internet may contain material that is inaccurate, defamatory, illegal, or potentially offensive to some people.
While the New Carlisle Public Library can attempt to prevent direct access to materials that would not be generally acceptable in a public library, it is technically impossible to prevent access to all resources that might be objectionable to some people.
The New Carlisle Public Library will actively filter and subscribe to updates for a filtering software and keep such software active and updated indefinitely.
5. It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to determine whether to place restrictions on their own children in the use of the Internet.
6. Users of the Internet through the New Carlisle Public Library are expected to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.
While there is no age restriction for children to use the game computers, a release must be signed by a parent/guardian prior to the child using any of the public access machines.
Users whose conduct with a Library account violates federal, state or local laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Evidence of illegal activity will be reported to the proper legal authorities. The New Carlisle Public Library will cooperate with the proper authorities in the investigation of illegal activities.
Users will refrain from inappropriate Internet conduct. Examples of inappropriate conduct include: use of the Internet for unlawful or malicious activities; misrepresentation of oneself or the New Carlisle Public Library; sending chain letters; using abusive or objectionable language in either public or private messages; engaging in harassing behavior such as sending or posting slanderous, libelous, obscene, or threatening messages; and other activities that could cause congestion and disruption of networks and systems.
Users should not expect that files stored on library-based computers will always be private.
The New Carlisle Public Library reserves the right to review any material stored in files to which all users have access, and will remove any material which, in its opinion, does not comply with this document.
Electronic communication carried on via the Internet connection should not be considered confidential. When necessary, such communication may be used as evidence in criminal investigations and/or prosecutions. The New Carlisle Public Library will disclose all messages on the system, to the extent required by law.
Patrons are requested to use the Internet terminal for no more than two (2) hours at any one time. If there are no other patrons waiting to use the service, users may use the system for longer.
Library Card Holder
Anyone is welcome to use any library resource. Visitors who are not eligible for a library card may request a temporary card in order to use the public access machines. Staff will be requested to photocopy the visitor’s driver’s license or other form of identification.
Patrons may reserve blocks of time to use the terminal.
Library staff are available to assist patrons in logging-in to the Internet.
Patrons are not allowed to download software onto the library's network or workstation hard drive. Downloading to a floppy or other digital medium is permitted.
Added: Personal Laptop Computers
Users who bring in their own computers are required to abide by the library’s Acceptable Use Policy while using the library’s Internet connection
Uses not permitted
a. to access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material;
b.to transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language;
c.to violate any local, state or federal statute;
d.to vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization.
e.to access another individual's private materials/files.
f.to violate copyright or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission.
g.no use by patrons shall disrupt any of the Internet networks as a whole or any equipment or system forming part of the connection or the Internet system, or any services provided over the Connection.
h.the Library does not allow mass distribution (or other form of intrusive "broadcast") of any message over the Internet, including but not limited to advertising.
The New Carlisle Public Library makes no warranties, expressed or implied, that the functions or content of the system will meet any user's specific requirements, or that it will be error-free or trouble-free, current or uninterrupted: nor shall the New Carlisle Public Library be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including lost data, information, or income) sustained or incurred in connection with the use operations, or inability to use the system.
In consideration for the privilege of using the system and for having access to the information contained on the system, users hereby release and hold harmless the staff and Board of Trustees of the New Carlisle Public Library .
Patron is to sign last page of this agreement then forward to Director.
Patron keeps the first pages
Approved by the New Carlisle - Olive Township Public Library
Board of Trustees May 20, 1997
Updates and revisions adopted by the New Carlisle - Olive Township Public Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, February 22, 2000
Tuesday, May 21, 2002