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Tripoli Public Library
Internet Access and Acceptable Use Policy

POLICY ON INTERNET PUBLIC ACCESS

Our purpose is to offer a useful resource by providing citizens access to information worldwide via the Internet and World Wide Web.  Misuse of computer or Internet access or failure to abide by these policies may result in the loss of Internet access privileges and suspended library privileges.

 

The Tripoli Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and library patrons use it at their own risk. Users need to be aware that not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.

All patrons under the age of 18 using the Internet must read and sign the Internet Users Agreement and have a parent or legal guardian sign the agreement before use.

Library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning Internet computer jargon or personal computer use. We may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Internet reference books are available for your use. Because of library scheduling, Internet-trained staff may not always be available.

POLICY ON INTERNET USE

1.  Public use of the library’s connection to the Internet will be allowed and encouraged. Users under the age of 18 are required to sign-in and sign-out at the desk and may use the computer for thirty (30) minute time periods. There is a thirty (30) minute waiting period required between computer sessions even if there is no one else waiting.  The Internet access computers are normally available during all hours of operation.

2. Adult reserve time is scheduled for one-hour per day, no more than three days per week. Users must check in within five (5) minutes of scheduled time or lose the reservation.

3. Sending or receiving electronic mail on the library’s account is not permitted. Patrons are welcome to set up their own e-mail accounts utilizing Hotmail or any similar service they so choose.

4. Use of the library’s Internet for illegal or unethical purposes is prohibited. It is unacceptable to visit “adult only” sites on our computers. What is offensive to one person is not to another, but our Board has determined that adult only sites (labeled as such on the site) are not appropriate in this setting.

5. The library’s Internet resources are intended for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only. Therefore, conducting any commercial activity or enterprise or distributing advertisements using these resources is not permitted.

6. You may not install your own software program on any library computer. You may not download additional programs to the computer to include IM (instant messaging) or chat applets.  Accessing chat rooms and IM are not allowed.  Violation of this rule will result in loss of computer use privileges.

7. Since the computers on which the public can access the Internet are located in a public area, which must be shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities, individuals are asked to consider this when accessing potentially controversial information and images. Library staff cannot consistently and effectively monitor the public’s use of the Internet. Yet, the library reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images that cause a disruption.

8. The Tripoli Public Library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk or CD, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from the patron’s use of the library’s computer.

9. Printing of factual information from the Internet for school/research only, the library will allow up to ten (10) pages without charge. Cost for additional pages or pages for personal use are ten (10) cents per page or twenty-five (25) cents for color.

10. Only one person may use an Internet computer at a time. The only exceptions to this will be two (2) students working on a joint class project or a parent/guardian and a child working together.

11. All patrons under the age of 18 using the Internet must read and sign the Internet Users Agreement and must have a parent or legal guardian sign the agreement before use.

12. You may not always be able to access sites on the Internet. There are a number of reasons that may apply including the library’s Internet connection may be periodically or temporarily inoperable due to technical difficulties.

Approved February 22, 1995, rev. 12/96, 2/98, 5/00

Revised 1/30/02, 2/13/02, 7/02, 9/02, 8/06



 

Addendum to Internet Use Policy
of the Tripoli Public Library

Internet Safety Policy for Minors (ages 17 and under) and all others who wish to use the Internet public access workstations at the Tripoli Public Library

This set of policy statements is intended to supplement and expand upon the Tripoli Public Library existing policy on Internet use and specifically for the use of the Tripoli Public Library by minors as the term "minors" is defined in the CIPA/NCIPA law. The procedure statement addresses four areas: 1. Library Hold Harmless Clause and agreement 2. Separability clause 3. Privacy Policy 4. Specific Internet Safety Policy.

Library Hold Harmless Clause and Agreement

Patron, and parent or guardian if patron is a minor, whose signature appears on the Internet Users Agreement agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Tripoli Public Library, its agents, employees or any other person against loss or expense including attorneys’ fees, by reason of the liability imposed by law upon the Tripoli Public Library, for damage because of bodily injury, including death at any time resulting there from, sustained by any person or persons, or an account of damage to property arising out of or in consequence of this agreement, whether such injuries to persons or damage to property are due or claim to be due to any passive negligence of the Tripoli Public Library, its employees or agents or any other person. It is further understood and agreed that the parent or guardian shall (at the sole option of the Tripoli Public Library) defend the Tripoli Public Library with appropriate counsel and shall further bear all costs and expenses, including the expense of counsel, in the defense of any suit arising hereunder.

Separability Clause

If any one section of these policies, rules and procedures is found to be invalid, the other sections of the policies, rules and procedures will not be invalidated.

Privacy Policy

The confidentiality of your record(s) is a matter of law and of great concern to the Tripoli Public Library, we do not give out information about you and we destroy old or out of date records.

Specific Internet Safety Policy

Internet Safety Policy for patrons under the age of 18 as required by the public law, [47 U.S.C. § 254(h) and (l)] commonly know as: The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) which went into effect on April 20, 2001.

1. Individuals covered by this policy may not use the Tripoli Public Library Internet enabled computers to access inappropriate matter, chat rooms, instant messaging or any site requiring the individual to be over the age of 18 on the Internet, World Wide Web (www) or any other resource.

2. Individuals covered by this policy using the Tripoli Public Library, while using direct electronic communications, whether electronic mail or any other form of direct electronic communications may not divulge their name, age, address, location or other personal information.

3. Individuals covered by this policy using the Tripoli Public Library are specifically forbidden from using the Tripoli Public Library computers for unauthorized access, modification, hacking, cracking and other unlawful activities, including but not limited to accessing library and other networks.

4. Individuals covered by this policy are specifically forbidden in using the Tripoli Public Library computers to provide unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identifiable information concerning and regarding themselves or any other person. (See also item # 2 above.)

5. Individuals covered by this policy may not use the Tripoli Public Library to access any material which might be harmful to minors.

Individuals covered by these rules must have a signed copy of the Internet Users Agreement, signed by the individual and their parent/legal guardian, on file with the Tripoli Public Library prior to using the computers. While the rules are restrictive and the penalties harsh, they are intended to provide a safe environment for young people and to encourage access with parental involvement when the rules are not met.

While these rules are specifically for minors, many of them may apply to adults as they are reflected elsewhere in the Tripoli Public Library Policies. For example, while it may not be illegal under Iowa law for an adult to view material that “might be harmful to minors”, it is a violation of the Tripoli Public Library Internet Use Policy and of common correct behavior in the library; where someone may be offended and sue under other Iowa & United States laws. It is one of the adult privileges to view pornography, but not obscenity, it is NOT however, one of the acceptable uses in the library. Librarians have and will defend adults’ rights under the United States Constitution, but we expect you to exercise those rights appropriately. If you violate the rules of the Tripoli Public Library, you may be asked to leave, or may lose your use privileges-- be it because of pornography, damaging or not returning materials. The chart below outlines the Tripoli Public Libraries penalties for violation of the rules & procedures by all individuals.

Ø First offense - verbal warning

Ø Second offense - loss of computer and library privileges for the day

Ø Third offense - loss of computer privileges with reinstatement of privileges only after Safety Conference, which will include the Library Director, the patron, and the patron’s parent or guardian, if patron is a minor. The "Safety Conference" will cover such material as is needed to correct the problem.

Ø Fourth offense - loss of privileges for one year

Ø Fifth offense - loss of privileges while a minor, or, for adults permanent loss of privileges

 Approved 7/02, reviewed 9/02, revised 8/06


 

Tripoli Public Library
Internet Minor Users Agreement

 

I have read the policies concerning the use of the Tripoli Public Library’s Internet computers and agree to abide by the policies. I also understand that failure to observe such rules or failure to observe other library policies may result in the suspension of my use of the library’s Internet access computers as follows: First offense - verbal warning; Second offense - loss of computer and library privileges for the day; Third offense - loss of computer privileges with reinstatement of privileges only after safety conference, which will include the Library Director, the patron, and the patron’s parent or guardian, if patron is a minor. The "Safety Conference" will cover such material as is needed to correct the problem; Fourth offense - loss of privileges for one year; Fifth offense - loss of privileges while a minor.

 

 

Signature:__________________________________________Date:__________

 

Name (Please Print) :_______________________________________________

 

Birth date:___________________

 

FOR PARENTS: I have read the policies pertaining to the Internet usage and hereby grant my permission for my son/daughter/legal ward to use the Internet access computers in the Tripoli Public Library. I also understand that I will be held responsible for any damages incurred by the minor. I am aware that the library will NOT limit my child’s access to the Internet beyond what is restricted by our policy.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________________________

 

Parent/Guardian Name

(Please Print)_____________________________________________________

 

Date:________________ Signature of Witness:________________________

 

Electronic Intellectual Freedom

Tripoli Public Library

Consistent with our mission and the professional principles of public librarianship, our Internet Access Policy affirms the safeguarding of First Amendment rights, intellectual freedom, equity of access, confidentiality or information about users and their use of all library resources including electronic, and individual responsibility. The library affirms the following principles and user rights as delineated in the American library Association’s Library Bill of Rights in Cyberspace:

 

  • Electronic information, services, and networks provided by libraries should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users.

 

  • Libraries and librarians should not deny or limit access to information available via electronic resources because of its controversial content or because of personal beliefs or fear of confrontation.

 

  • Information retrieved or utilized electronically should be considered constitutionally protected unless determined otherwise by a court with appropriate jurisdiction.

 

  • Responsibility for, and any restriction of, a child’s use of the Internet rests solely with his or her parents or legal guardian.