COMPUTER USE POLICY
The Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) offers access to its computers and Internet sources as part of its mission:
- to obtain and use information in a variety of formats
- to pursue lifelong learning
- to explore recreational interests
- to better understand personal and regional heritage
JCPL recognizes that the Internet makes available useful and entertaining information on a wide variety of topics. JCPL also acknowledges that the Internet includes material that some people will find undesirable. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet and Computer Use Policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.
Inappropriate uses: Inappropriate uses include but are not limited to:
- disrupting network systems or intentionally damaging, destroying or misusing equipment
- unlawful or malicious activity; misrepresentation of oneself or JCPL
- viewing sexually explicit material that appeals to prurient interests
- using abusive or objectionable language or images in public or private messages
- accessing inappropriate materials, and
- violation of copyright laws
Resultant penalties: Because the library is a public space, the staff has the right to end an Internet session when the Internet and Computer Use Policy is violated. Internet access may be suspended or revoked by the JCPL at any time, without prior notice or hearing, for violation of the conditions of use set forth in this document. JCPL will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes abusive conduct or violation of this Internet and Computer Use Policy.
Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution.
Consequences of Violations
- 1st Violation: Suspension of computer and internet privileges for 6 months
- 2nd Violation: Permanent revocation of computer and internet privileges - Patron may petition the Library Director for reinstatement once per year
- 3rd Violation: Permanent revocation of computer and internet privileges - Patron may petition the Library Board of Trustees for reinstatement once per year
Downloading of materials: Users must download material to their own external storage device, such as a USB flash drive, not to the computer hard-drives.
Time limit: Computer time is on a first-come, first-served basis. Use of public computers may be limited to ½ hour increments. There is a daily limit of two hours per user.
Eligibility for use: A valid Evergreen card is required for use of public computers. Non-residents or visitors will be issued a visitor card upon presentation of proper photo identification. Use of someone else’s library card is prohibited.
Assistance in using computers: The JCPL staff does not provide technical help or troubleshooting. Library staff may provide limited assistance in locating information or searching any of the library’s online databases. Patrons requiring more guidance are encouraged to call and arrange an appointment with a staff member.
To enhance patrons’ information literacy skills, JCPL offers a continuing program of free computer classes, which include instruction on using the Internet, email, and other computer applications.
Wireless: JCPL provides unsecured wireless Internet access for public use. The library does not provide personal wireless devices or technical support for privately owned wireless devices.
Disclaimer: JCPL makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it provides and will not be responsible for any damages suffered, including loss of data from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, service interruptions, or equipment failure.
JCPL is not responsible for direct, indirect, or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the library’s Internet service or for damages related to the operation of, or failure of, the filtering software, or for its circumvention by users.
Electronic files should not be considered confidential. When necessary, such files may be used as evidence in criminal investigations and/or prosecutions. To ensure patrons’ privacy and confidentiality of library records, JFCPL will not disclose personally identifiable information about library users except to law enforcement authorities as required by law.
As with other materials, parents and guardians of minor children are responsible for supervising their children’s use of Internet resources at the library.
Filtering: Because the library receives federal funding for public Internet access, federal law requires the library to install blocking software on the library’s Internet terminals. The Jefferson County Public Library uses a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to some Internet sites that are not in accordance with the policy of the Jefferson County Public Library.
As the law requires, JFCPL will provide unfiltered Internet access to persons 17 or older who request it for bono fide research or any other lawful purpose.
Library staff will not monitor an individual’s Internet use except as it may be required to ensure compliance with library policy and/or procedures.
Abuse of the Internet / Computer Use Policy, as determined by the library staff, may result in loss of computer privileges. Use of any public access computer at Jefferson County Public Library constitutes acceptance of this policy and related procedures.
AGES 14 - 16 MUST AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:
- I will avoid inappropriate content and images on the Internet.
- I will not use chat rooms or other direct electronic communications. I will use web-based electronic mail in a safe and responsible manner.
- I will not attempt to violate security systems or disrupt user services or equipment.
- I will not provide personal information (such as name, address, telephone, school name, or city name) about myself or others online.
- I understand that my Internet activities will go through filtering programs selected by the Jefferson County Public Library.
The 5 issues above are compliance requirements that the Library must address according to the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) as ordered by the Federal Communication Commission. NCIPA was passed in December 2000 as part of a federal budget bill (PL 106-554). It went into effect July 1, 2002.