PUBLIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES: 405
SUBJECT: Internet Policy
DRAFT APPROVED: February 3, 1997
REVISED: April 19, 2006

405 INTERNET POLICY

The Internet Policy, Acceptable Use Policy and Internet Use Disclaimer should be read carefully as they explain the Library’s service, expectations and the Library’s and user’s responsibilities. Our purpose is to offer an information and educational resource, in support of our mission, accessible to all Brighton District Library patrons. This policy incorporates the Library’s continued commitment to and support of First Amendment rights, intellectual freedom, user privacy, Library Privacy Act (Act No. 212 of the Public Acts of 2000) and confidentiality as do any guidelines or policies regarding library materials (electronic or otherwise).

INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

  • Internet access via Library computers, the computer network and the Library’s wireless connection is available at all times that the library is open, unless the library is experiencing technical or other service difficulties. Use of library computers is limited to one (1) hour sessions. Patrons may use up to 5 (five) one hour sessions per day as long as there are no other patrons waiting to use machines.
  • Library computers are provided for public access to the Internet, the card catalog, reference databases, productivity software and educational games. Software may not be installed on any public computers. Portable storage devices such as floppy disks and flash drives may be used for uploading, downloading, access and storage of data.
  • The Library has installed a Smart Access Manager (SAM) system that governs computer use in the Library and requires either a library card or visitor account to access Library computers. SAM manages filtering, printing and time limits on public computers as prescribed in this policy.
  • Printouts are printed to networked public color printers for a fee. Users of the Library’s wireless Internet access are able to print.
  • The Library is not responsible for the security of any personal information, files or communications disclosed on the Internet from the Library computers or using the wireless Internet connection; therefore, patrons proceed at their own risk.
  • The reference librarians will be happy to help you as much as possible but library staff cannot provide in-depth technology training or support. If you need more assistance than we can provide, we will assist you in finding educational library materials, handouts, web resources and classes that are available. However, the Library can not guarantee that staff will always be available to assist users at all times the Library is open.
  • In compliance with the Library Privacy Act, all Library computers in the children and young adult areas are configured to filter out obscene matter and sexually explicit material that is harmful to minors. In addition, all visitor accounts and library cards provided to minors under the age of 18 will only permit access to computers that filter obscenity and sexually explicit material that is harmful to minors. Unrestricted Internet access is available only to individuals 18 years of age or older or minors accompanied by and sitting at the workstation with their parent or guardian. In all cases, the Library prefers that a responsible adult accompany children. All wireless access is filtered. If patrons 18 or older desire unfiltered wireless access, they may request a login for unfiltered wireless Internet access from the Information Desk.
  • By using the Internet at the Brighton District Library you agree to abide by the Internet Acceptable Use Policies and the Internet Use Disclaimer. Misuse of the computers or the Internet connection will result in the loss of your Internet or Library privileges.

405.1 INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES

All use of Library computers, computer networks and wireless connections at the Brighton District Library Internet Connection shall be in accordance with these Acceptable Use Policies. Failure to abide by the Policies will result in the loss of Internet and/or library privileges.

Acceptable Use

Use of the Library’s Internet Connection shall be guided by the following principles:

  • Respect for the privacy of others. Patrons should be sensitive of others’ values and beliefs when accessing potentially controversial information and images.
  • Users must respect intellectual property rights and obey the copyright laws of the United States and all other intellectual property rights. Responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user. The library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.
  • Consideration for the security and functioning of computer networks and systems: For example, users shall not use Library computers or networks in any manner that harass other users, or cause harm to other computer systems or hardware. Examples of such programs are computer “viruses” and “worms”.
  • Library patrons must use the computers and equipment in a manner that does not damage the equipment or change the configuration of any of the software on these computers.
  • The same rules apply to the use of the Internet as with the use of any other Library materials. The Library has adopted a Rules of Conduct Policy. All Internet Users must comply with the Library’s Rules of Conduct, which shall be posted in the Library.

Unacceptable Use

  • It is illegal to use the Brighton District Library Internet Connection for any purposes which violate federal, state or local laws, including, but not limited to transmission of obscenity, child pornography or defamatory speech.
  • It is not acceptable to interfere with or disrupt network or wireless users, services or equipment. Disruptions include, but are not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising, propagation of computer worms and viruses, vandalizing the data of any other user and use of the network to make unauthorized entry to any other.
  • It is assumed that information and resources accessible via the Internet are private to the individuals and organization which own or hold rights to those resources and information, unless specifically stated otherwise by the owners or holders of those rights. It is therefore not acceptable for an individual to use the Library’s Internet Connection to access information or resources unless permission to do so has been granted by the owner or holder of rights to those resources or information. Users must also respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to others; and by not seeking disallowed access to any computer system via the Internet.
  • Malicious use of equipment is not acceptable. Use of the Brighton District Library Internet access and wireless Internet connection in a manner that precludes or significantly hampers others is not allowed.
  • Michigan law prohibits users from allowing minors access to sexually explicit materials harmful to minors. Internet Users shall not permit any minor to view sexually explicit material or any other material deemed harmful to minors.

Disciplinary Process

For violations of this Policy, the Library Director or the Director’s designee may restrict access to the computers, computer networks, wireless access or library facilities with immediate dismissal of the patron from the premises, by suspending the patron’s access to library facilities for a set period of time, or by denying access to specific services and/or programs pursuant the procedures set forth in Section 5 of the Brighton District Library’s Rules of Conduct Policy, Policy No. 406. This includes the right to appeal to the Library Board as identified in Section 5.D of the Rules of Conduct Policy. If necessary, the local police may be called to intervene.

Modifications to this Policy

The Brighton District Library will review this policy annually, and reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

405.2 INTERNET USE DISCLAIMER

The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of materials and opinions from varied points of view. Provision of access does not mean or imply endorsement or sanction by the Library of any of the information, images or commentary found on the Internet.

Since the Internet is a global, electronic network, there is no state/county/local control of its users or its content. It is not possible to use the same selection criteria which are used for other materials. In offering the Internet Connection, library staff cannot control access points which often change rapidly and unpredictably.

Users are responsible for the web sites they access and use the Internet at their own risk.

The Brighton District Library assumes no responsibility for any loss or damages done directly or indirectly to personal data or equipment, or for any damage or injury arising from the loss of privacy arising from use of its World Wide Web server, wireless connection or from its connection to other Internet services.

The accuracy of information gained through this source is the responsibility of each originator/producer. Therefore, the Brighton District Library does not guarantee the accuracy of information obtained through the Internet. You need to be a good information consumer, questioning the validity and accuracy of the information you find. Often, the information you need is available in other resources at the Library.

Child Safety on the Internet

Parents or those responsible for minor children must assume responsibility for and monitor their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection. Unsupervised use of the Internet may expose children to inappropriate or disturbing information even if the workstation is filtered; parents should discuss Internet use and its relation to family values and monitor their children’s use of this resource.

Parents and children are strongly encouraged to read My Rules For Online Safety available athttp://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/ and Child Safety on the Information Highway (available athttp://www.safekids.com/child-safety-on-the-information-highway/).

I agree to abide by the Internet Policy and the Internet Acceptable Use Policy. I agree and acknowledge that the Brighton District Library assumes no liability for any loss or damage done directly or indirectly to my data, personal computer equipment, or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of privacy in my computer accounts, programs, files, data, or in the case of minor children, for their access to inappropriate visual or other materials.

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