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Internet Policy & Terms of Use

SPRINGFIELD TOWN LIBRARY

POLICY ON PUBLIC ACCESS TO COMPUTERS & THE INTERNET

Springfield Town Library provides public access to computers and the Internet as part of its role as the Information Resource Center for the community. The Library's public access computers allow users to integrate electronic resources from information networks around the world with the Library's other resources. In providing public access to the Internet, the Library is able to enhance the size, scope and depth of its resources and expand the range of materials available within the Library far beyond the limit of its own collection. The Library also provides wireless access to those patrons who bring their own computing device to the Library.

However, the Library has no control over the information available on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content or quality. Internet resources are not subject to the selection criteria established in the Library's Collection Development Policy and users might access materials they find offensive, or which may be inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date or illegal. Patrons using a credit card on the Library computers do so at their own risk; the Library will not be responsible for any problems that may result.

In providing Internet access, the Library affirms and upholds the Library Bill of Rights and its interpretation on Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks adopted by the American Library Association in 1996. Internet access in the Library is available to all patrons and guests in good standing; however, children under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent or legal guardian before accessing the Internet. It is the responsibility of each user to determine what is appropriate for their own needs, and for parents to assume responsibility for and supervise their children's use of the Internet at the Library. Parents are encouraged to come to the Library with their children and supervise Internet sessions

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act and regulations of the Universal Service Administrative Company, filtering software is installed on all Library computers with Internet access. Internet filtering will be at the least restrictive setting at which the Library may comply with applicable laws and regulations, except that gambling sites will also be blocked. Requests to remove specific sites from the list of those blocked by the filtering software will be reviewed by qualified Library staff. Those sites found to be appropriate for general viewing will be removed from the list of blocked sites. Filtering on individual computer workstations in the lobby area will be temporarily disabled when requested by an adult (age 18 or older). Filtering on the computers in the Children's Room will not be disabled at any time. Adults requesting to have filtering overridden are reminded that the Library's "Policy on Public Access to Computers & the Internet" and the Terms and Conditions of Use still apply.

The Library may set time limits so that all patrons seeking access will have an appropriate opportunity. The Library reserves the right to enda computer session when time limits are exceeded. Users agree to end their computer session within 5 minutes when so notified.

Use of the Library's computers is conditioned on the user's compliance with the Terms and Conditions of Use (reverse). Accepted use must be legal, ethical and respectful of intellectual property and data ownership, system security and privacy rights. If use of the computers results in disruption of Library services or a user fails to comply with the Terms and Conditions of Use, the Library reserves the right to end the user's session and/or suspend or restrict indefinitely access to the Library's computers. A patron denied access to the Library's computers may appeal that decision to the Library Board of Trustees

Adopted 1/10/2006; Rev. 9/13/2010 & 8/20/2012

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

In an effort to ensure that the use of these computers is consistent with the Policies of the Springfield Town Library, the following terms and conditions of use shall apply:

Users shall read the “Policy on Public Access to Computers & the Internet” and these Terms and Conditions of Use and click “I Agree” on screen indicating that they understand and agree to abide by these policies and regulations before using the Internet. Internet users under 18 years of age must also have an Internet UserContract signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Library computer users agree to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws as well as Library policies, procedures and behavior guidelines. Use of the Library's computers for pornographic, illegal or criminal purposes, for gambling, or for abusive, threatening or harassing communication is prohibited. The Library may terminate or restrict a user's computer privileges for failure to comply with these accepted use regulations.

Users will treat all library materials and equipment in a responsible manner to preserve their integrity and insure their availability for others. Users will not attempt to alter or tamper with computer programs, settings or configurations, install any software, gain unauthorized access to restricted resources, disrupt the intended use of the Internet, destroy the integrity of Internet resources, or compromise the privacy of other users.

Problems with computer equipment or software must be reported to the Library staff immediately. Abuse of the equipment or the service may result in the user being denied further access to the service. Any damage to a computer or its peripheral devices is the responsibility of the user. The user will pay the cost to repair or replace any equipment, materials or software lost or damaged as a result of carelessness or failure to inform staff of a malfunction. Malicious damage may result in prosecution.

Users may log on to any available public access computer using their Library card and PIN. Computer session management software will initiate a 60 minute session when users agree to this Policy and Terms of Use. If no other users are waiting they may ask to extend that session, up to a maximum total of 120 minutes per day. Library staff may grant additional time under special circumstances (online testing, etc.). An Internet Express station is available with a 15 minute time limit.

Users may not download or install programs or store files on the hard drive. The Library will provide diskettes and CDs for a nominal charge.

The charge for printing in black & white is 15 cents per page, 50 cents per page in color; please use print preview before printing. Users are responsible for the cost of all pages printed, whether intended or not.

No more than two people may be at a workstation at any time.

If the Library determines that a user has abused his/her computer privileges, the Library Director may revoke or restrict those privileges indefinitely or permanently. Any financial obligations incurred through the use or misuse of these computers are the sole responsibility of the user.

Adopted 1/10/2006; Rev. 9/13/2010 & 8/20/2012

Revisions to the Springfield Town Library Policy on Public Access Computers & The Internet were presented for discussion at a duly warned meeting of the Library Board of Trustees on December 15, 2005 for the purpose of receiving public comments. The revised Policy was adopted at the January 10, 2006 meeting of the Library Board of Trustees and is in compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Pub. Law No. 106-554, Subtitle C (Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act), Section 1731-32.

Adopted 1/10/2006

Springfield Town Library Board of Trustees

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Additional revisions to the Springfield Town Library Policy on Public Access Computers & The Internet were presented for discussion at a duly warned meeting of the Library Board of Trustees on June 14, 2010 and adopted by unanimous vote at the September 13, 2010 meeting of the Library Board of Trustees.

Additional revisions to the Springfield Town Library Policy on Public Access Computers & The Internet were presented for discussion at a duly warned meeting of the Library Board of Trustees on August 20, 2012 and adopted by unanimous vote at the August 20, 2012 meeting of the Library Board of Trustees.