Internet Access Policy

North Versailles Public Library

Computer and Internet Access Policy, Use and Compliances


COMPUTER POLICY FOR ACCESS TO INTERNET RESOURCES

 

Internet access as an information source at the North Versailles Public Library enhances the Library’s existing collection in size and depth, and extends the Library commitment to meeting the community’s information needs.

 

The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection.  It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe. Currently, however, the Internet is an unregulated medium.  As such, while it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally and culturally enriching to individuals of any age, it may also contain material that is incorrect, inauthentic, unreliable, illegal or sexually explicit.  The Library does not monitor and cannot control information accessible through the Internet and is not responsible for its content of sources accessed by the user through secondary links.

 

Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all library users. The Library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material; however parent or legal guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the Internet and for the information selected and/or accessed by their children.  Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to give their children Internet guidelines, such as My Rules for Online Safety or those from the American Library Association on their web site, 700+ Great Sites, and inform them about materials they should not use.  However, in no event is any person under the age of 18 permitted to view any obscene and other sexual materials and performances as defined and described in “18 Pa. C.S. 5903”and any amendments thereto.

 

Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities on the Internet.  North Versailles Public Library, however, will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the library.

 

CHILDREN INTERNET PROTECTION ACT (CIPA)

 

North Versailles Public Library complies with the Children Internet Protection Act.  All computers in the library are filtered.  If you are 17 or older you may request to have the filter disabled or a specific site unblocked.  The library follows the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding obscene, illegal, or sexually explicit materials within the meaning of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec 5903 can be allowed.

 

CONDITIONS AND TERMS OF USE IN THE LIBRARY

 

In an effort to ensure that the use of the Internet is consistent with the mission of the North Versailles Public Library the following shall apply:

1.     Users must have a valid library card from an Allegheny County Library for computer use.  If user does not have a valid Allegheny County Library card, they MUST present identification at the Circulation Desk, for either a guest pass or obtain a library card, prior to the use of any computer.

2.     User card may not have any fines greater than the Library’s $10 limit.

3.     Computers will be numbered and users cannot use other computers if computer fails without notifying the staff.

4.     There is a limit of one person to each terminal.

5.     Use of computer is limited to ½ hour when busy.   Time may be extended if there is no one waiting to use the computers.

6.     The Library reserves the right to establish procedures and modify said procedures to make the Internet stations available on a reserved basis and the remaining open computers on a first come, first served sign-in basis.

7.     The Library does not allow the use of personal software on its computers.

8.     Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with the Library’s policy on acceptable use: The Internet workstation must be in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of other users.  Users may not make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.  Computer and Internet settings may not be changed.  Users may not use the network to make unauthorized entry into other computational, informational or communication services or resources.  Users may not invade the privacy of other engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.

9.     The Library is not responsible for accuracy, quality or correctness of information available on the Internet.

10.     If a serious computer malfunction occurs and said malfunction is traced to a patron’s computer misuse, that patron’s computer privileges will be suspended indefinitely.

11.     The Internet workstations cannot be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purposes, including and activities prohibited under any applicable Federal, Pennsylvania or Local laws of the United States.  In addition, Internet access may not be used for any marketing, advertising, fund raising, or other “for profit” activities.

12.     These computers are used for educational purposes, no use of chat line or rooms and no games that are not educational.

13.     It is the user’s responsibility to be aware of the display of any notices concerning the copyright of information on the Internet and to respect the copyright laws of the United States.

14.     The Library does not issue e-mail accounts and is not responsible for any arising with web-based e-mail accounts accessed in the Library.

15.     The Library does not act in loco parentis and acknowledges the exclusive right of parents and guardians to monitor their children’s Internet use.  Parents may restrict their children’s Internet use on their own accord.  A ruling of the Library Board is that no child, 8 or under can use the computer unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

16.     Current cost to computer users to print a page off any computer is $.25 a page for black & white and $.50 page for color printing, even if the next page is only one line.

17.     Residents outside Allegheny County must register for a card or have a card with an ACCESS sticker from a Pennsylvania library.

18.     The North Versailles Public Library is committed to providing an employment environment free from sexual harassment.  Users may not display on screens and /or printer materials that may be unlawful or prohibited under any applicable Federal, Pennsylvania or Local laws.

 

COMPLIANCE WITH LIBRARY POLICY AND GUIDELINES

 

1.     Violation of the policies and regulations that govern the use of the Library’s Internet resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources.

2.     Any illegal activity involving the Library’s Internet resources or equipment will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

3.     The Library reserves the right to take appropriate action to ensure compliance with this policy.

4.     This policy may be revised and updated from time to time.

 

Date Approved: November 20, 2013