Computer and Internet Policy

MAE S. BRUCE LIBRARY

COMPUTER AND INTERNET POLICY

  Mission Statement:  The mission of the Mae S. Bruce Library is to provide the means by which people of all ages, interests, and circumstances may avail themselves of the recorded wisdom, experiences, and ideas of others and to provide opportunities for personal, educational, cultural, and recreational enrichment. The Library endeavors to develop collections, resources and services to meet these needs. It is within this context that the Mae S. Bruce Public Library offers access to the Internet.

 The Library Board and the Library Staff view the Internet as a powerful and evolving tool to link our patrons with the information sources not available in printed form.  Through the use of the Internet, library patrons will be able to participate in the world-wide electronic community.

 1. SCOPE OF INTERNET ACCESS:

From public computers, the library patron may access online library catalogs, full text and bibliographic databases, electronic documents, and other information resources.  The Library also provides access to Texas State Library TexShare databases.

 The Mae S. Bruce Library is not able to offer e-mail accounts to the public.  Patrons are allowed to do free e-mail, chat and games in their allotted time.  

2. INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM:  

The Library recognizes the inherent right of individuals to determine what is most appropriate for their needs.  To this end, the Library recognizes the standards set by the American Library Association.

 The Library presently uses filtering software to block access to some Internet sites.  Persons aged 16 years and older may have full access to the World Wide Web upon request.

Filtering software will block many specific sites that may be offensive to some users, but may not block all materials that may be offensive to all users. Parents should inform their children of materials they do not want them to use, and may wish to supervise their children's Internet sessions.

 Information accessed via the Internet may be controversial, inaccurate, incomplete, inappropriate, biased, offensive, or dated. The standards of the Mae S. Bruce Library Collection Development policy do not apply to the vast information frontier provided by the Internet.  The availability of the information does not constitute endorsement of the content.

 3. Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources:

 To make the Internet available to as many people as possible and to ensure that it is used in a manner consistent with Library policies, the Library has adopted rules regarding Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources. All users are asked to respect the privacy of other users and not attempt to censor or comment upon what others are viewing. The Library's rules of conduct and pertinent state, federal and local laws apply to all Library users.

 Library computers, database and wireless (wi-fi) access are provided to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs and interests of all patrons.  In order to make these resources available to as many patrons as possible and to make sure that the equipment is used in a manner consistent with the Library's management and public service policies, the following rules apply:

Library computers and wi-fi may not be used for any illegal activity including, but not limited to:

            *Damaging or altering computer equipment, systems or software;

            *Displaying, printing or sending any material that is obscene, sexually explicit,

             libelous, threatening or harassing;

            *Downloading or installing any harmful program defined as, but not limited to,

            spyware, viruses, Trojans, malware, or any other illegal utility on any computer;

            *Violating copyright or trademark laws, software licensing agreements or

             intellectual property rights.

Computers are located in public areas of the library. What is displayed on the monitor is not confidential.

 To ensure that all patrons have an equal opportunity to use the equipment, patrons will be asked to comply with time limitations. With adequate staffing, patron access to computer stations in the Computer Lab is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am to 5:45 pm , Thursday 12:00 noon to 7:45 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 1:15 pm .   An average time limit will be set, however, this time may be changed at the discretion of the Library Staff. 

 Unless accompanied by a legal guardian, persons 15 years and younger are allowed access on workstations possessing filtering software only.

 In the event that the Computer Lab is closed, access to the World Wide Web in the Library proper will be made available to patrons sixteen (16) years and older. Patrons fifteen (15) years and younger will be allowed Internet access with a parent or legal guardian in attendance. Again, average time limits will be set but may be changed at the discretion of the Library Staff.

 4. LIABILITY:

 Patron use of Internet resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed.

 Parents are strongly advised to monitor their children's use of the computers, programs, and internet browsing, even with the use of filtering software. As with the Library's other materials and services, parents or legal guardians are responsible for the information selected or accessed by children.  The Staff assumes no responsibility as a censurer of a child's reading materials, whether digital or print.

 All users of computers agree to hold The Mae S. Bruce Library harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations or liabilities, directly or indirectly relating to the use if the computers, programs, or internet caused thereby or arising from.  In no event shall the Mae S. Bruce Library have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party.

 Responsibility for any possible copyright infringement lies solely with the user; the Library disclaims any responsibility or liability resulting thereof.

 5. LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE:

 The staff of the Mae S. Bruce Library will be available to introduce the Internet and to provide initial instruction of its use.  Reference assistance may also be provided, as time and staffing allows.  Computer users should have a minimal level of computer experience and be able to use a mouse.

Wireless access uses the WiFi standard. Most users can simply bring their wireless-enabled laptop computer or other wireless device to the Library and turn it on. The computer will automatically find all available wireless networks. If the laptop does not have wireless built-in, the user can install a wifi-compatible network card. The Library cannot guarantee that the equipment will work with the Library's network. The Library cannot be held responsible for any changes in computer settings that the user makes. For additional assistance, the user may need to contact the hardware or software manufacturer.

Note: Information is not protected while using wireless, unless connected to a web page that employs encryption (stores, banks, etc.). Users may want to keep this in mind when accessing sensitive business or personal information via the Library's network.

6.  PRINTING AND DOWNLOADING:

If patrons wish to download files from the Internet, it is at their own risk (see 4:Liability).  Access to downloaded files is only temporary. Files may not be saved to the library's public computers, therefore, patrons must bring their own data storage device(s) (i.e. any of the USB portable drives, access to cloud storage, floppy disks, etc.).

Printing is not available via wireless access.

Printing must be completed within time limits and 15 minutes before Library closes.

In the event a patron wishes to use special paper on which to print files, he/she must secure permission from a staff member and pay the per page charge.

 Users are responsible for payment for all printed pages.  

7. NON-COMPLIANCE

Refusal to comply with the guidelines set forth in this policy may result in, without prior warning, permanent suspension of computer and / or borrowing privileges with the library, being asked to leave the library, and/or the summoning of law enforcement authorities.

The Mae S. Bruce Library affirms its commitment to help patrons use the Internet effectively. The Library will continue to monitor changes and trends in Internet technology that could improve the ability to provide electronic access for library users, and will revise this policy as necessary.

 

 Reviewed and Approved by the Library Advisory Board - July 7, 2010

Approved by Santa Fe City Council - August 12, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 

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