Public Internet Policy
Revised April 12, 2005
The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide access to information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. As such, it offers access to material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal.
The library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material. The library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of library materials and resources. The library cannot control or monitor material that may be accessible from Internet sources. Parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting material and Internet sites that are consistent with personal and family values and boundaries. Children are encouraged to talk with their parents about using the Internet.
The library will install filters for the Internet stations located in the children’s area. Library users, whether children or adults are the final selectors in using the Internet and are responsible for their individual choices and decisions.
COMPUTER & INTERNET USE RULES AND PROCEDURES
- Internet users will sign-in at the Reference Desk. The Internet station(s) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- There may be 15, 30, and 60-minute stations. Users may sign-up for only one session at a time and may not sign-up for additional time until they have completed their session.
- Users can have no more than 60 minutes per day per person.
- Users are encouraged to return to the initial search screen as a courtesy to the next user. This will also help protect the privacy of their search.
Misuse of the computer will result in the loss of computer privileges.
USERS MAY NOT:
- Alter or damage software, change configurations or settings, or attempt unauthorized entry into any computer system.
- Install any software or damage any library equipment.
- Send harassing messages, or harass others.
- Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
- Violate other users’ right to privacy or interfere with others’ accessing and viewing material.
- Engage in any activity, which is disruptive to other library users
- Violate Federal, State, or local laws or regulations.
- Display any picture, or image of a person, or portion of a human body that depicts nudity, sexual conduct or other image prohibited by ORS 167.080. Our terminals are visible to minors.