H Computer and Internet Policy

                                                                                                                                                Approved by Board 1-14-99

                                                                                                                                                  Amended by Board 1-11-03

 

                        Computer and Internet Policy

General

 

            In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the

 

community, McDonald County Library endeavors to develop collections,

 

resources and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational and

 

educational needs of the citizens of McDonald County.  It is within this context

 

that the Library offers access to the Internet.

 

            McDonald County 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 diverse use population and it is

 

the responsibility of the user to use this resource wisely.

 

            All use of the library’s computers shall be for, or in support of, research,

 

education or public service.

 

            It is unacceptable to use the library’s computers for purposes which violate

 

any federal, state or local law.  It is unacceptable to use the library’s computers in

 

a manner that is harmful or harassing to others.  It is unacceptable to use the

 

library’s computers in a manner that disrupts normal network use and service.

 

Such disruption would include, but is not limited to, the propagation of computer

 

viruses, the violation of personal privacy and the unauthorized access to

 

protected and private network resources.  It is unacceptable to use the library’s

 

computers for commercial activities, including, but not limited to, commercial

 

solicitation of business.

                                                                                                                      

 

            All patrons wishing to use the computers must sign in at the desk and

 

show either their library card or identification indicating that the person is over the

 

age of 15.

 

            If Internet searching results in disruption of library services, or if patron

 

behavior when using Internet resources becomes inappropriate for a library

 

setting, the library reserves the right to end the session.

 

            Each computer user is allowed one hour on the computer.  If no one else

 

is waiting for the computer, they may extend that up to two hours, but will be

 

required to give up their computer to any new user.  After the two hours is over,

 

the patron will be required to sign out and make the computer available to others.

 

However, if a patron is performing important research, they may extend their

 

time limits with special permission from the librarian on duty.

 

Children and the Internet

 

            All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally

 

to all library users.  Children of any age may use the computers while their

 

parents are in the library, provided the child has signed in on the computer sign-

 

in sheet at the front desk.

 

            It is the policy of the Library to not usurp the rights and responsibilities of

 

parents; for this reason, parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are

 

responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their

 

children.  Parents are advised to supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

                                                                                                                     

 

As a part of supporting parents in their role, the Library gives parents of children

 

under the age of 16 their choice of deciding whether or not children may use the

 

library’s computers at times when the parent is not in the library.  Parents

 

wishing to allow their children to use the library’s computers will be asked to

 

sign a card acknowledging their consent.

 

            The use of chat or instant messaging by minors is strictly prohibited.

 

            In compliance with statutes 182.825 and 182.827 RSMo, the library will

 

not allow any minor to use the public computers to access any material deemed

 

pornographic.  The definition of pornographic material contains items listed

 

in 573.010 RSMo, which conforms to our local community standards.

 

            As amended by the Library Board on January 11, 2003, the following form

 

must be signed by any patron wishing to use a public access computer in the

 

McDonald County Library, including any branches.

 

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I, ____________________, a patron of McDonald County Library, have

been advised that public use of the Library’s computers, including Internet

access, is to be solely for academic or personal research, education, and recreation.  Therefore, the library does not allow the use of these machines for accessing pornographic or illegal sites or information.

Though we respect the rights of our patrons, this is a public institution, which must remain a healthy learning environment for all who use it.

I understand that if I am found to be in violation of the Library’s policy, by using the computers for inappropriate purposes, my computer privileges will be revoked.

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References:

Missouri Revised Statutes ; Chapter 573 ; Pornography and Related Offenses ; Section 573.010