- Computer Use Policy
1. Statement of Purpose
The purpose of internet-connected computers at the Karl Junginger Memorial Library supports the mission of providing “access to information…through relevant technologies” and strives to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and strengthen community. Therefore, it is the intent that computers at the library shall be made available for uses consistent with educational and research purposes. It is the intent not to limit access to information through internet filtering devices or programs. As such, users are cautioned that information and images can be encountered which may be considered controversial and /or offensive. The provision of access does not mean or imply that the library sanctions or endorses the content users encounter. The policy applies to patrons and staff.
2. Selection Policy for Computer Software
- The software for the computers/network housed in the Karl Junginger Memorial Library is reviewed and chosen by the Library Director.
- To avoid the possibility of virus contamination, all software added to the computers/network shall be new (not previously used).
- Such software will also comply with the materials selection policy of the library.
3. User Responsibilities
a. The Internet computers are located in public areas used by library patrons of all ages, backgrounds, sensitivities and values. Individuals are expected to consider this when accessing potentially controversial information and images. Individuals who violate the rules of responsible use set forth in section c of this document will lose Internet access in the amount of time determined by the library board of trustees. Karl Junginger memorial Library staff will determine what actions constitute a violation of this Internet policy.
- Internet users are expected to use this library resource in a responsible and courteous manner and to follow all Internet related rules, regulations and procedures established by the library board of trustees. Patrons must have a valid library card or a current photo I.D. in order to sign into an internet computer workstation. Patrons are responsible for the cost of all printing from computer workstations. The library reserves the right to adjust the per page rate of print as necessary.
- Responsible, courteous use of the Internet- access computers includes:
- Recognizing that the internet, like all of the library’s information sources, must be used and shared in a manner which respects the rights of others and refrains from activity that prevents others from using it. Library staff reserves the right to limit the amount of time a patron may use an internet computer workstation.
- Each computer workstation may be occupied by no more than two individuals at a time. Exceptions may be made for sanctioned group work.
- Respecting intellectual property rights by making only authorized copies of software or data available on the Internet. The patron shall be liable for any damages resulting from such actions.
- Patrons may not change any setup configuration or setting on any library computer.
- No one may misrepresent oneself as another user or attempt to modify or gain unauthorized access to files, passwords, computer systems or data belonging to others.
- Abstaining from illegal or unethical use of the Internet.
- Abstaining from altering or damaging the equipment used to access the Internet.
- Abstaining from the deliberate propagation of computer viruses or worms.
- Abstaining from the display of threatening, harassing or abusive language and images.
- Abstaining from the use of images or language to sexually harass other patrons or employees.
- Abstaining from the display and printing of obscene images or language.
- Abstaining from the display of sites which perpetrate hate crimes.
- Not exposing children to harmful materials as per Section 948.11 of the Wisconsin Statues.
- Any violation of the computer use policy may result in suspension of library privileges, and/or legal prosecution, or both.
4. Children and the Internet
It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to determine and monitor their child’s use of library materials and resources. Parents and guardians with children under the age of 17 must sign an Internet use permission section on the library Application for Library Borrower Privileges if they wish to give their child access to Internet-access computers. Children age 8 and below must be assisted by an adult or caregiver of at least 12 years of age.
5. Staff Use of Computers Policy
Staff users of library computers must not deliberately perform acts that waste computer resources or unfairly monopolize resources to the exclusion of others. These acts include, but are not limited to, sending mass mailings or chain letters, spending excessive amounts of time on the internet, playing games, engaging in online chat groups, uploading or downloading large files, accessing streaming audio and/or video files, or otherwise creating unnecessary loads on network traffic associated with non-business related uses of the internet.
Amended: 08/26/1998, 04/19/2000, 02/20/2002, 06/22/2006, 11/12/2013, 07/15/2014, 05/09/2017, 05/12/2020