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Using The Internet
The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Use of the Huntingdon Valley Library’s Internet computer provides patrons with access to the vast amount of information available through these connections.
The aims of the Huntingdon Valley Library Internet policies are to:
+ Promote the use of the Internet as an information, education and research tool.
+ Promote freedom of information.
+ Promote fair distribution of Internet access amongst patrons of the Library.
+ Promote the responsibility of the user when using electronic resources.
By using a public Internet workstation at the Huntingdon Valley Library you agree to the following guidelines and regulations:
1. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. We do not censor access to Internet material. As such, it enables access to some material that maybe offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweigh the possibility that the users may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of the library. The library does not monitor, and has no control over, the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. As with other Library materials, parents and legal guardians who are concerned about their children’s use of the Internet should provide guidance to their children and should monitor their use of this resource.
Parent or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children, including explicit sexual materials as defined in Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Code, Section 5903, relating to Obscene and other sexual materials and performances.
2. Library staff cannot control the availability of information links, which change rapidly, and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information. Know the source of the information on the site. If the information is important to you, check it in another source.
3. The Internet is provided as a free service to Huntingdon Valley Library users; however in fairness to all we have set limits on the length of time individuals may use this service. All users will sign up at the circulation desk before using the Internet. We will allow you a maximum of one half hour on Internet workstations. When you are done this time period, and someone is waiting, you must immediately end your session and sign up again to be able to access the computer for further time. If at the end of your allotted time, no one is waiting to use the computer you may continue your session.
4. Internet and e-mail usage is as stated free but there is a charge of twenty-five cents per page for any printouts made. This includes all pages printed even if you decide that you do not want the page you printed, and no matter how much information is on the page. If you are unsure of the amount of pages on the website you are printing from, please print one page at a time to avoid paying for more pages than necessary. If you need help with how to use the printer to only print out specific pages, please ask for help at the desk; we will try our best to assist you.
5. User should be aware that computer viruses and other destructive computer programs can damage our computers and software. To avoid the possibility of this occurring, we insist that the practices that allow this to happen not be allowed on our computers. These include:
+ No downloading of any program or software to either the computer’s hard drive or a disk.
+ Personal disks or CDs may be used only on workstations designated for that purpose. All personal disks will be scanned at Front Desk prior to use.
+ E-mail usage (sending or receiving of any email) only on those workstations designated for that purpose.
6. The Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot offer personal instruction on Internet operations or personal computer skills. Staff may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Reference staff is always available to help patrons locate books, periodicals and manuals about Internet and computer usage.
7. The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right and inappropriate use will result in suspension, and eventually cancellation, of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:
+ Violation of computer system integrity by altering, removing or damaging configurations, hardware or software. (User will be responsible for any damage done to library equipment while using);
+ Unauthorized access to any computer system attempting to gain access to files, passwords or data of others;
+ Rebooting or turning the computers on or off, changing settings, plugging personal equipment into or loading personal programs onto the computers;
+ Access to newsgroups, Instant messengers, Internet relay chat or games are restricted, except on computers designated for that purpose.
+ Illegal or unethical use of the Internet.
8. Normal regulations governing conduct in the library and library use, must be adhered to by all Users: for example, rules on noise, food, drink, etc.
9. The Library will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of every User, however, this privilege cannot be guaranteed. Think before you write, other people can read information you have entered into the Internet.
10. Violation of copyright laws – The Library is not liable for any consequences of copyright infringement. Federal copyright laws may protect some material on the Internet. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution of Copyrighted materials is illegal, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use”. Generally, fair use of copyright materials is limited to copies made for personal use, private study, scholarship, or research. If the use of copyrighted material does not fall within fair use, permission must be obtained before any such use.
11. All computers are turned off twenty minutes before closing time. Users should allow for this when searching or printing materials from the computers and be done by this time.
12. The Library staff reserves the right to monitor use of the Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Staff may ask users to end their Internet session if they observe any behavior, which they judge to be on conflict with this policy. Because the library is a public, community center, staff may also request that users end their session if content displayed on the workstation screen is deemed offensive to others in close proximity or if children are in danger of observing inappropriate sexually explicit graphic images on the screen.
The Huntingdon Valley Library reserves the right to change this statement at any time.
Revised and approved by the HV Library Board of Trustees - 8/17/06