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Sandhill Regional Library System
(Internet Safety Policy) Amended July 2014

Welcome to the Sandhill Regional Library System’s Internet Access. In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Sandhill Regional Library System endeavors to develop collections and services that meet the informational, recreational, and educational needs of our diverse community. It is within this context that the Library offers access to the Internet.  To maximize availability to this resource, and to insure fair accessibility for all, please follow these Internet Access Guidelines.

********************Warnings*******************

***There is sexually explicit material and other information on the Internet that one may find personally controversial, inappropriate, or offensive.
***SRLS does not warrant network functionality or accuracy of information.
***SRLS does not warrant the effectiveness of Internet filtering.
***The privacy of system users is limited.
***Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. Be a selective consumer, questioning the validity of the information you find.

Service Objectives
Essential to the mission of the Sandhill Regional Library System is ensuring that its citizens have the right and means to free and open access to ideas and information which are fundamental to a democracy.  The library will protect intellectual freedom, promote literacy, encourage lifelong learning, and provide library materials and information services.

Throughout its history, SRLS has made information available in a variety of formats, from print to audiovisual materials.  The library’s computer system provides the opportunity to integrate electronic resources from information networks around the world with the library’s other resources.

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, it is an unregulated medium. As such, it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, but it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. Individual users must accept personal responsibility for determining the suitability and appropriateness of information obtained through the Internet. To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, and access to inappropriate information.  Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

The library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to a wide variety of material.

The library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of library materials and resources. In affirmation of these rights, the SRLS has established the rules for Internet use. It shall be the prerogative of all members of the Sandhill Regional Library System staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Director of Technical Services or designated representatives.

Rules/Restrictions/Warnings

The following restrictions are to be noted:

* Computers will be shut down 15 minutes before closing at all library locations
*All computer users must be signed in to use the Internet. No one is allowed in the computer area unless they have a signed user agreement policy on file at the library location and are signed in on the sign-in log
*Any child age twelve (12) and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian when using public access computers. This person must sit with the child during the public access computer use time. This person will not be allowed to use another public access computer while monitoring the minor child

* Do not send or display obscene or disruptive messages, files, or images
* No unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors* Do not use Internet for personal profit, private, political, or commercial purposes
* Do not change or add files to the network or hard drive
*DO NOT move/adjust monitors or alter any computer equipment. The monitors are not to be adjusted unless adjusted by library staff members.
* No downloading of files/programs is allowed
* Do not watch videos online. Watching or downloading videos on the Internet takes up too much bandwidth and is not allowed on library computers.
* Do not play games from any Internet site, including Web sites, MOOs, MUDDs, etc.
* Do not violate copyright laws or software license restrictions
* No plagiarism
* No unauthorized access including hacking and other unlawful activities
* Do not display any images, sound or text, which could create an atmosphere of discomfort or harassment for others. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a user is told by a person to stop sending them messages, they must stop
* Do not use for extended periods of time (other patrons should have equal use time)
* Do not use chat rooms or chat channels
* No instant messaging when using electronic mail and other forms of direct electronic communication
* No personal software is allowed to be used with any Library computer
*Adult Patrons are not allowed to use headphones/headsets on Internet computers (these include all headphones/headsets). Headphones/Headsets are only allowed to be used when playing games already loaded onto the children's computers.
* Patrons are allowed to use portable media (flash drives, floppy disks, etc.) with public access computers. - Policy updated July 2014

Use of Internet Computers

* Internet access is available during hours when the library is open, subject to periodic maintenance.
* Library staff will turn computers on and off.
* Prospective users will sign an Internet Acceptable Use Agreement. A picture ID is required to use the Internet Access computers.
* Children age twelve (12) and under require parental permission and adult supervision.
* Computers will be shut down 15 minutes before closing at all library locations
* All other minors under the age of 18 require a signed parental permission agreement.
* Individuals age eighteen (18) and older are required to sign an acceptable use agreement.
* Customers may use the Internet computers for 30 minutes--renewable if no one is waiting.
* Misuse of the computer or Internet access will result in loss of your computer privileges. Your use of the computer should not infringe upon the rights of others. Attempts to degrade, disrupt or vandalize the library’s equipment, software, materials or data or those of any other user of the library’s computer system or other networks connected to the system is prohibited. This prohibition includes attempts to gain unauthorized access to restricted information, networks, other user's accounts or files or deliberately creating or propagating computerized viruses or worms. Computer users must sign in using their correct name. Using aliases is prohibited and will result in a 30 day ban or a permanent ban.
* The library reserves the right to require all prospective users to attend an orientation session as a condition for access to the library Internet stations. Orientation will include training in the use of software and hardware, and guidelines for the responsible care of library equipment.
* A customer found to be sending or receiving inappropriate materials, (i.e. pornographic, race-hate, violence-condoning messages) or violating our Internet Policy will be disconnected from the Internet, and will not be allowed to use the Internet for 30 days at any county library where the ban originated. If the customer violates the Internet Policy again after the first ban, they will be permanently banned from using the Internet at ALL SRLS Libraries. Unacceptable use that is illegal may result in criminal prosecution as well.

This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Sandhill Regional Library System’s Board of Trustees at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on January 30, 2002.

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Wireless Access Internet Policy
February 2011

The Sandhill Regional Library System offers free wireless access through a commercial provider at all locations for library customers to use with their own personal notebooks, laptops and other mobile devices. These access points are unsecured and are at the total risk of the user. The library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss. The library is also not responsible for any information (i.e. credit card) that is compromised on the network, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. The Sandhill Regional Library System strongly encourages users to observe standard security practices in relation to passwords and credit cards. Users should also make sure their devices have the latest virus protection software and system patches installed. Use of the library’s wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user.

A customer’s use of this service and any other wireless network is governed by the library’s Internet Policy. The library does not provide equipment to the public to access the wireless network, and cannot guarantee that a user’s device will work with the library’s wireless network. Also, there is no guarantee that wireless access will be available in all areas of each library building. Library staff can provide general information for connecting to the wireless network but cannot troubleshoot problems with your network equipment or make changes to the configuration or settings of your equipment. Customers should not leave personal equipment and items unattended. The library is not responsible for theft. The library reserves the right to determine which electrical outlets can be used for powering laptop computers.

Printing access is not available from the wireless connection. All users are expected to use the library’s wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided.

Use of the wireless network indicates agreement with the Sandhill Regional Library System’s Internet Policy.

 

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