Library policies & applications
Computer and Internet Acceptable Use
The Casco Public Library, as part of its commitment to serve the community as its information center, provides access to educational, informational and recreational materials; is responsive to the changing needs of the community; and is aware of evolving technologies available to fulfill its role as a service oriented dynamic library. The library protects intellectual freedom and encourages lifelong learning. It is within this context that the Casco Public Library offers access to the Internet.
All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents and children are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway, produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
It is the policy of The Casco Public Library to:
· prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications
· prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity
· prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors
· comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Access to Inappropriate Material
· To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, 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 adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Casco Public Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of
inappropriate network usage includes:
· unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities
· unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
Education, Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Casco Public Library staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.
Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of Library Director or designated representatives.
Access and Services
The Library has full authority to grant, refuse or revoke permission or to make conditions for access to the Internet. There are times when viewing otherwise legal materials may be inappropriate or when the behavior of those using the Internet may be inappropriate. The Library staff reserves the right to address such use of the Internet or behavior by requiring a patron to terminate his or her session.
Library staff are available to assist patrons with computer use as time permits but may not be familiar with all applications and cannot provide complete technical support.
The Library cannot guarantee successful Internet connections.
Internet access is limited to free Web-based applications or online resources purchased or licensed by the library. Only Library-owned software may be installed on library computers.
All users who release personal information over the Internet, including personal identifying information, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers, do so at their own risk.
Procedures and Rules for Computer and Internet Use
- Patrons must sign in at the circulation desk before using the computer to verify that they have read and agree to the Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
- Use of the computers is limited to one hour per day per person; additional time may be scheduled if available.
- The cost to print material is fifteen cents a page.
- Children under 17 must have signed parental consent to use the computers.
- Patrons are responsible for damage to equipment, software, or data that results from their use.
- Users should notify staff immediately if they experience any problems with the equipment or software.
- The computers may be used only for legal purposes.
- Any files or applications saved to library computers will be deleted nightly.
Patrons with laptops that have wireless network cards may bring them to the library and use our wireless network to access the Internet. The wireless network is available from outside the building as well.
Patrons with personal laptops that have wireless network cards may also use the wireless network from outside the building.
Prohibited uses include but are not limited to the following:
- Harassment of other library or computer users or staff.
- Destruction or damage to equipment, software or data belonging to the library.
- Violation of any local, state or federal law. This includes, but is not limited to, copyright and licensing violations, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use" under federal copyright law; invading the privacy of individuals by accessing their data or by harming, modifying, or destroying their data; and using Internet access for slanderous, libelous or harassing purposes.
- Use of Internet access for commercial purposes.
- Downloading files or applications to library hard drives. Any files inadvertently saved to library computers will be deleted regularly.
- Knowing display of sexually explicit graphics as defined by library staff as inappropriate for a public setting.
- Misuse or abuse of equipment.
The Casco Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its Internet or computer services.
This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Casco Public Library at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on February 7, 2016.