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Internet Use Policy

MISSION STATEMENT

The Morristown Centennial Library serves all residents of Morristown and nearby communities regardless of economic status, political affiliation, race, gender, age or religion. Access to our library’s organized collections, books, related educational and informational materials, the electronic information and services provide communication of ideas, enlightened citizenship, personal enrichment and pure enjoyment of all citizens, allowing us to come together as a community.

The Library subscribes to and supports the Library Bill of Rights and its Interpretations, particularly Access to Electronic Information, Services and Networks.

INTERNET ACCESS

The Internet, a world-wide network of computer networks, is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types. Therefore, public access to the Internet is germane to the Library’s mission.

However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It also provides access to information that is inaccurate, illegal, or that some may find offensive or disturbing. The Library cannot control a user’s access to Internet resources.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF LIBRARY STAFF AND USERS

The Library Staff will not monitor a user’s Internet use, except for length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone.

The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates the Library’s policies.

It is the parent/guardian and only the parent/guardian who must be responsible for his/her child’s media access and only his/her own child. The parent/guardian who would rather his/her child did not have access to certain materials should so advise the child. Parents/guardians who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use.

The Morristown Centennial Library is pleased to be able to provide computer access to both our adult and youth populations. The computers designated for adult use (ages 14 and up) are located on the main level of the library in the adult services area. The computers designated for youth (to age 18) are located on the basement level in the youth services area.

In accordance with safe child practices, use of the youth computers shall be limited to children and teens up to age 18, their accompanying parents, guardians or caregivers. Adults not accompanying a child should use the adult computers. Children and teens up to age 14 should use the youth computers exclusively unless they are accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver, in which case they may use the adult computers. Teenaged patrons ages 14 to 18 may use both youth and adult computers.

DISCLAIMERS

While the Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any warrant as to the accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness of that information.

The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Library’s Internet service.

Since software and information downloaded from any sources, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus checking software on their home computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to user’s disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers.

UNACCEPTABLE USES OF COMPUTERS

Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:

  1. Uses that violate the law. Transmitting of offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use of any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by law; viewing, transmitting or downloading illegal materials; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.
  2. Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. Engaging in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); uploading a worm, virus, “Trojan horse”, “time bomb” or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in “hacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks or information systems.
  3. Uses that jeopardize the security of access of the computer network or other computer networks on the Internet. Disclosing or sharing the user’s password with others; impersonating another user; using one’s own software programs on the Library’s computers; altering the Library’s computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment or software.
  4. Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications (Minors under age 18). Giving others private information about one’s self or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers; arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one had “met” on the computer network or Internet without a parent or guardian’s permission.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY RECORDS

We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received, and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted. Such records shall not be made available to any agency of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigative power.

Complete information available in Privacy/Confidentiality policy.

The Library staff will develop such rules and procedures as are necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of Internet access.

Response to Violations:

The user’s access to the Library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user violates this policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the forfeiture of the user’s right to access these computers.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN’S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT (NCIPA)

The Library believes this policy to be in compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Pub.L No. 106-554, Subtitle C (Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act), {1731-32}.

Policy approved 7/8/10, updated 4/10/14, updated 9/11/14