Internet Access Policy
It is the policy of the Slayton Public Library to
provide free access to information to users of all ages. Electronic
information and networking are resources that are constantly changing,
therefore impossible to monitor. Use of information found on the
Internet must be the responsibility of the library patron--the public
library and its staff will not be responsible for areas accessed by
minors. Because of this, it is the responsibility of the parent or
guardian to insure what a minor views on the Internet is suitable.
Internet computers will not be used for illegal activity, to access
illegal materials, or to access materials that by local community
standards would be obscene. Library staff is authorized to take prompt
and appropriate actions to enforce these Rules of Conduct
and to prohibit the use by persons who fail to comply with the Internet
Access Agreement. Patrons who wish to use the library's computers must
review and agree to the Internet User Policy.
RULES OF CONDUCT:
- Misuse of
the library's computers will result in the loss of computer privileges
and may result in loss of library privilege and legal prosecution.
Violations include: using the computer for illegal activities, hacking
into the library's computer system, damaging computer software
& hardware, gaining unauthorized access to another person's
files, sending harassing messages to others, violating copyright laws
and software licensing agreements.
library's Internet computers may not be used to access websites that
portray visual or child pornography, that are harmful to minors,
obscene, or illegal.
Users may not use the library's
computers to disrupt other computer use, staff, or patrons. Displaying
images for the purpose of harassing other computer users, distribution
of unsolicited advertising (spamming), or propagation of computer
viruses will not be allowed.
- There will be NO
eating or drinking in the computer lab.
Slayton Public Library staff may ask Internet users to refrain from
displaying images that they deem to be offensive to others. Users who
find anything on another computer screen to be offensive may report it
to the library staff, and the director/staff will address the problem.
- Printing will cost twenty (.20) cents per page. Patrons must
observe copyright rules.
- Personal software or
hardware may not be used or installed on the library's computers.
- Information may only be downloaded from the Internet to a
disk. Disks must be purchased at the circulation desk for $1.00 per
- Sharing other's personal information
without written permission is strictly prohibited.
Internet users are encouraged to follow these guidelines:
- Remember: not
everything found online is true. Consider the source and date of
information for accuracy.
- Do not give out
identifying personal information such as address, name or telephone
number to someone you do not know.
- Be cautious
about providing credit card information; you are using a public
computer and the information you provide may be accessible to other
INTERNET USE POLICY:
- Minors the age of eight (8) and
under must be accompanied by an adult when using the computer. Patrons
aged 9 to 18 must have a parent's signature on this form in order to
use the computer alone.
Sessions will be limited to one 3 hours. During periods of
high demand, staff may reduce that to 1 hour per day. After 3:00
p.m. and on days when school is not in session, computer time will be
30 minutes per day.
- Patrons may phone the library to reserve a computer and must arrive on
time for the session; patrons who arrive 15 minutes late may forfeit
- Workstations can be used by only
two persons at a time.
- The computer lab will be available during the library's
regular hours of operation. If a group is using the lab, then it will
not be available to the public.
- Patrons will be assigned a computer and
expected to use only the assigned computer until the session is done.
Patrons will be responsible for any damage or misuse that is done to
the computer that they are assigned to.
by the Slayton Public Library
Board of Directors
December 17, 2001
Revised April 6, 2009