Electronic Information Networks And Computer Systems Use Policy
I. General Policy
The Cook Memorial Public Library District ("the Library") endeavors to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of the District's patrons. It is within this context that the Library provides access to electronic information, including the Internet and other electronic media. Access to electronic information networks is intended primarily for use as an information resource tool. Providing access to electronic information networks is consistent with the Library’s collection development policy and mission statement.
II. Patron Rights, Responsibilities, and Risks
Electronic information networks, including the Internet, are dynamic, global resources that provide access to a wide variety of information. Cook Memorial Public Library District does not have control over these resources and is not responsible for the content, availability, reliability, currency, accuracy or appropriateness of information accessed via their use. Library patrons use these resources at their own discretion and the Library is not responsible for any damages, indirect or direct, including but not limited to loss of data or any violation of privacy, arising from a Library patron's use of electronic information resources. Patrons using electronic information networks agree that the Library may need to monitor computer use from time to time as an operational necessity. Furthermore, the Library may be required to disclose any information if directed to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction. The Library extends the protections of applicable confidentiality laws to all records of Internet activity maintained on Library equipment. The Library reserves the authority to reasonably regulate these resources to ensure the proper and efficient operation of the Library.
Library patrons have certain rights with respect to the use of Library resources, including electronic information networks such as the Internet. Library patrons have the right to equitable access and the right to confidentiality and privacy in the use of electronic information resources to the extent possible given certain constraints, such as proximity of other patrons and staff in public access settings. Patrons also have the right to access and read all Library service policies, and discuss questions with the appropriate Library staff. This policy is part of the Library’s overall policy structure and should be interpreted in conjunction with other existing policies. Copies of all Library policies are available upon request and on the web page.
Cook Memorial Public Library District recognizes that the Internet contains material that is inappropriate for children and that may be objectionable to some adults. As such, the Library provides filtering for all public computer stations in each area of the Library where stations are located. The filter is activated by codes on library cards of patrons under eighteen years of age. The Library also recognizes that it is a parent's responsibility and right to guide his/her child's Library use. The parent may specify the option of unfiltered access for his/her minor child. The use of filtering software, however, cannot guarantee that all sites a person might consider objectionable are blocked. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for information selected and/or accessed by their children. The Library encourages parents to monitor and supervise their children's network use.
III. Rules and Guidelines for Use
The staff of Cook Memorial Public Library District shall develop such rules and procedures as it deems necessary to ensure fair and reasonable use of the Library’s electronic information network resources. A separate document, "Rules and Procedures for Electronic Information Networks and Computer Systems" details these procedures. Library staff is responsible for periodically reviewing and updating the document as necessary. Any changes must be approved at the next meeting of the Library Board.
Cook Memorial Public Library District requires that Library patrons using electronic information networks accept “The Statement of Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Networks’ displayed on the open screen at the start of each computer session. Failure to use electronic resources within the guidelines of acceptable use may result in suspension of access privileges, and/or loss of Library privileges. Library staff is responsible for periodically reviewing and updating the statement as necessary. Any changes must be approved at the next meeting of the Library Board.
The Library Director shall also create and enforce guidelines for acceptable staff use of library computers. These guidelines are subject to periodic review by the Board.