Mountain Brook Community Library

Internet Policy and Internet Use Guidelines

 

Internet Policy

 

Adopted by the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation
11th of January, 2007

 

The Mountain Brook Community Library is committed to ensuring access to information through technology. Access to digital information is fundamental for supporting continuous lifelong learning. Recognizing its role to provide access to electronic information, the Mountain Brook Community Library offers public access to the Internet.

The Internet is an immense global network that is constantly growing and evolving, allowing an online user to communicate and connect to information around the world.

The Library upholds and affirms the right of every individual to have access to material on the Internet. However, the content of the Internet is not managed or governed by any entity, therefore users may encounter materials they consider offensive. The Library supports both open and guided access to information. Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring Internet access by children.

The Library and its volunteers assume no responsibility for damages of any type arising from the use of Mountain Brook Community Library Internet workstations.

Illegal use of the Internet is prohibited. Library users may not use the Library's Internet access to view, print, distribute, display, send or receive images, text or graphics of obscene materials. Library users may not disseminate, exhibit or display to minors materials that are harmful to minors.

Library users must abide by the Internet Use Guidelines as approved by the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation.

 

 

 

Internet Use Guidelines


Adopted by the Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation
11th of January, 2007

 

The Mountain Brook Community Library (MBCL) provides Internet access for conducting research, retrieving information, exploring ideas, facilitating communication, and accessing the full array of resources available through the World Wide Web. These are fundamental to supporting continuous lifelong learning for people of all ages. Unlike the selection of library materials on library shelves, however, librarians do not select the offerings of the Internet. Because not all Internet sites are accurate and complete, and some sites may be offensive, library users are encouraged to exercise critical judgment in accessing these sites.

The Internet has raised new challenges for public libraries. Because of its graphical display format, MBCL must through these guidelines work to balance the rights of individuals to access information and the need to provide a welcoming environment for people of all ages. The Library is committed to providing its volunteers and patrons with an environment that is free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, and prohibiting the display of obscene material, pornography, and material that is harmful to minors and to make every possible effort to prevent minors from viewing materials that could be deemed harmful.

 

Internet Use Rules

The following rules and procedures govern the use of Internet workstations:

  • Time Limit per person: One hour if there are others waiting to use a computer.
  • Log On: A library card and signing of the MBCL user agreement is required to log on a Internet workstation. Youth under the age of 17 require parent or guardian’s signature in addition to their own on the MBCL user agreement.
  • Temporary Internet Access: Temporary Internet Access for visitors is available.  Basic information is required in addition to signing the MBCL user agreement.  Youth under the age of 17 require parent or guardian’s signature in addition to their own on the MBCL user agreement.
  • Myspace access: Youth under the age of 17 must have written permission signed in the presence of the librarian from parent or guardian to use Myspace.  Parents or guardians will be provided with articles informing them of the risks presented by the website if they are not already aware of them.

Responsibilities of Users

All Library users must observe the policies, rules and procedures established by the Library.  Users at MBCL workstations should bear in mind that the workstations are located in public areas shared by people of all ages and backgrounds, and are expected to show consideration for others when viewing Web pages. All library users are expected to respect the privacy of all other library users.

Use of any workstation is for legal purposes only.

No person shall use a library workstation in a way that disturbs or interferes with users, volunteers or operations of the Library.

Internet users may not:

·         View, print, distribute, display, send or receive images, text or graphics of obscene materials.

·         Disseminate, exhibit or display materials that are harmful to minors.

·         Use an Internet workstation to transmit threatening or harassing material.

·         Engage in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.

·         Violate copyright or software licensing agreements.

·         Gain unauthorized access to any computing, information, communications devices, or resources.

·         Damage, alter, or degrade computer equipment, peripherals, software, or configurations.

·         Install software applications.

·         Use a workstation to conduct a business.

 

Responsibility and Authority of Staff

Librarians are responsible for implementing the Internet Use Guidelines and are expected to take prompt and appropriate action to enforce the Internet Use Guidelines.  They are authorized to terminate the Internet use session of anyone who fails to comply.

 

Use of the Internet by Children

MBCL respects the responsibility of all parents/legal guardians to guide their own children's use of the library, its resources and services.

 

Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with the Internet Use Guidelines will result in a request from the librarian to discontinue the activity. Continued violations will result in a request to leave the library facility, and may lead to revocation of library privileges, including the right to visit the buildings and grounds. Repeat offenders or persons ordered from the premises who do not comply may be subject to arrest and prosecution for trespassing.

 

Liabilities

The MBCL assumes no responsibility for any damage, direct or indirect, that users or anyone else may suffer through MBCL's access to the Internet. All public Internet users at MBCL agree to hold the Library harmless from any claims, losses, damages, obligations related to:

  • Infringement of U.S. Copyright Law governing the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted material.
  • The use and/or accuracy of information obtained from the Library's electronic information system.
  • Damage to non-library software or hardware resulting from viruses downloaded via the Library's Internet services.

The Library Board will review and revise its Internet Policy and Internet rules, procedures, and guidelines as often as deemed necessary.

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Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation,
May 14, 2009, 6:05 PM
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Mountain Brook Homestead Foundation,
May 14, 2009, 6:05 PM
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