NINEVEH PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNET POLICY
It is the intention of the Nineveh Public Library to provide Internet access to the public to greatly enlarge our available resources of information. The Internet provides vast amounts of information on a multitude of subjects that can be enriching to people of all ages.
INTERNET USAGE POLICY
The Nineveh Public Library does not use filtering software. According to the American Library Association, “The interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights entitled Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks, calls for free and unfettered access to the Internet for any library user, regardless of age. The Resolution on the Use of Filtering Software in Libraries and the Statement on Library Use of Filtering Software reiterates the US Supreme Court’s declaration in Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union that the Internet is a forum of free expression deserving full constitutional protection. The Resolution and Statement condemn as a violation of the Library Bill of Rights, any use of filtering software by libraries that block access to constitutionally protected speech”.
The information accessed on the Internet is not always accurate, reliable, complete or up to date. Users are advised to check information obtained over the Internet, carefully. The Nineveh Public Library does not monitor or have any control over information found on the Internet and assumes no responsibility for its content. Individuals must accept responsibility for determining the suitability and accuracy of content found during their Internet searches. If a patron obtains information believed to be false or offensive, the patron should contact the source of this information.
- All users must first sign a waiver that states that they have received and understand “The Nineveh Public Library Internet Policy”. All children under the age of 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s written permission and signature also.
- All users must agree to “The Nineveh Public Library Internet Policy”, and the rules and guidelines it entails, during each access to the Internet.
- All users must have a valid Nineveh Public Library card and not have any overdue books. (Visitors may use a valid driver’s license, student ID, etc.)
- Access to the Internet will be in 30-minute intervals with a daily maximum of one hour per patron. Patrons may sign up in advance to reserve a time slot.
- Children, 13 and under, need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while using the Internet. Legal proof of age may be requested.
- No information, materials, text or graphics that may be reasonably interpreted as child pornography or obscenity may be accessed, sent or printed.
- No user shall use any computer viruses or disrupt the operation of the network within the Library or any network connected to the Internet.
- No activities which are illegal, defamatory or harassing will be permitted. There shall be no “hacking” and no use of these computers for advertising or commercial use.
- Do not attempt to damage software/hardware or alter the computer’s configurations in any way.
- Do not use copyrighted material without permission of the copyright owner.
- Do not access or transmit information, which promotes violence or destruction of
- Property, including, but not limited to, information concerning the manufacture of destructive devices such as explosives, fireworks, smoke bombs or incendiary devices or the like.
- Do not download to the Library’s hard drive or floppy disc.
ACCESS BY MINORS
Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility and are solely responsible for monitoring children and youth when using library materials including the Internet source. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in the use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use. Restriction of use of any of these materials is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian. The library will not assume this responsibility when the parent/guardian is not present.
The Library is not responsible for failures in the operation or technical functioning of the Internet or the computers or software used to access the Internet.
At this time, the library staff is not able to offer assistance to patrons using the Internet.
The library staff reserves the right to view screen contents during patron Internet usage and to revoke patron Internet privileges if staff feels there is just cause.
If a patron fails to follow the Internet Policy and rules, Internet privileges will be revoked.
Be aware that privacy cannot be guaranteed.
Please be aware that the Internet is not a secure area. For your safety, do not use or give out your name (or your family’s), address, telephone number, social security number or credit card information, as third parties may obtain information regarding user’s activities while on the Internet.
Copies may be printed at a cost of .10 per page for black/ white ink and $1.00 per page for color or faxes.
The Library reserves the right to amend or supplement this Internet policy at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.