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  1. COMPUTER AND INTERNET Use Policy

 

A.Purpose

As part of the Nassau Free Library’s mission to meet the information needs of town residents, the library offers public access to the Internet. Access to the Internet enables patrons to explore a vast array of information beyond that contained in the library’s collection. The primary use of the library computers should be for education and reference.

 

B. Responsibility of the Library

While the library offers guidance to a wide array of useful and interesting Internet sites on the World Wide Web, some may contain inaccurate, controversial, and even offensive material. The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its accuracy, authenticity, or suitability of content.

 

C. Access

Access to the Internet workstation is available for 30 minute periods and is limited to a maximum of 1 hour per day.

 

D. Responsibility of Users

Users are required to sign in each time to use the Internet workstation. A maximum of two users at the workstation at a time is allowed. If the computer is shared, both users must agree to the library’s Internet policy.

The library does not permit violation of any U. S. or state law or regulation including, but not restricted to acts of a threatening, harassing, or obscene nature. Patrons must respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.

Files may not be downloaded to any hard drives of the library computers. Patrons must save files by downloading to an external USB storage device, such as a flash drive.

Users are responsible for all printing fees.

Hardware and software on the library computer may not be altered.

Library computers may not be used to attempt to gain unauthorized access to any data, computer, or network.

Users are asked to remember they are in a public building and to show consideration for others when viewing Internet sites. Accessing adult and/or sexually explicit sites is prohibited.

Misuse of the Internet computer by not complying with these procedures and policies will result in loss of privileges.

 

E. Children’s Use

Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of the Internet. Any restriction of a child’s access is the responsibility of the parent/guardian, not the library staff. Persons under the age of 18 must have a parent sign the Parental Authorization form to use the Internet. In addition, children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at the Internet workstation.

Dissemination of information through the Internet, E-mail, Chat room, and Instant Messaging is a joint responsibility of the child and the parent/guardian.

 

Adopted by the Board of Trustees May 1998 and revised January 2007