Internet and Electronic Resources Use

 

I.                   LIBRARY POSITION

It is the intent of the Park City Library to provide equal access to electronic information and resources which meet the recreational, educational and general information needs of our diverse population.  These resources include but are not limited to the internet.  Electronic information resources allow the Library to enhance collections and services by providing access to information and educational materials worldwide.

The Park City Library staff will develop electronic information resources that are consistent with the ethics, principles and goals stated in the Library’s Materials Selection Policy.  Electronic information resources are subject to the same quality standards, evaluation and materials selection policies as all other Library materials.

II.                GENERAL POLICY SCOPE

The Park City Library electronic resources use policy applies specifically to computers and networks under direct Library supervision. Employees of the Library will also be subject to computer, Internet and E-mail use policies outlined in the City’s Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual.

At all times, Library staff and public users are expected to observe common rules of network etiquette or good manners online, known as “netiquette.”

The Library will provide access to the Internet via an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

III.             SECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Park City Library will utilize appropriate technology to protect the physical integrity of computer hardware, software and databases in the Library. These actions can only provide resistance to disruption and are in no way considered as insurance against loss of data or damage to equipment.

The Park City Library does not provide data storage on the terminals available to Library patrons but information may be saved on removable storage devices. Patrons who attempt to store or load unauthorized software on the library network or hard drives are at risk of losing their access to the Library’s electronic resources.

IV.             INDIVIDUAL SECURITY

Since electronic and network security measures do not guarantee individual privacy and confidentiality, individuals must accept responsibility for the integrity of their interactions on electronic networks.

Library staff is responsible for using prescribed data backup and storage procedures. Library staff with password access to electronic networks is responsible for maintaining the security of their passwords.

V.                ACCEPTABLE USE STATEMENT

A.                LEGAL USE

Library computers and networks may only be used for legal purposes. The Library considers legal violations as just causes for taking disciplinary actions, including termination of Internet or Library privileges or any other legal remedy.

Examples of illegal use that could lead to legal actions include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Violations of existing obscenity and pornography laws: Utah Code, 76-5B-103, Utah Code 76-10-1201, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 9101

·         Harassment of other users

·         Violations of computer system security

·         Violations of existing laws pertaining to access to and participation in on-line gambling sites

·         Unauthorized use of computer accounts access codes, or network identification numbers

·         Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications

·         Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material

·         Violation of network usage policies and regulations

·         Violation of software license agreements

·         Destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other users

·         Libeling or slandering other users

B.                 COMPUTER ETIQUETTE

Computers and networks should be used in accordance with the ethical standards of the Park City Library. The Library considers unethical use to be just cause for taking disciplinary actions, including termination of Internet or Library privileges or any other legal remedy.

Examples of unethical use that could lead to disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to:

·         Violation of time limits

·         Violation of another user’s privacy

·         Signing in under someone else’s name

·         Disrupting another user

·         Repeatedly freezing an Internet terminal

C.                ONLINE ACCESS POLICY

The Park City Library’s Online Access Policy prohibits access by minors to Internet or online sites that contain obscene material, child pornography and/or materials harmful to minors. Minors are individuals under the age of 18. This policy was established to meet the requirements of Utah Code Section 9-7-213, 9-7-215 and 9-7-216 for the purpose of preserving the library’s eligibility to receive any and all state funding for which it qualifies. In furtherance of this policy, the Library has installed technology protection devices (filters) designed to meet the requirements of the Utah Code as cited above, on all publicly accessible computers.  Additionally, in order to meet the requirements of the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act for the purpose of preserving the Library’s eligibility for any and all federal funding for which it qualifies the Library has installed technology protection devices (filters) on all staff-only-accessible computers.

Disabling Provision: In compliance with Utah Code 9-7-215(4) any adult patron (18 years of age or older) may request that the technology protection device (filter) be disabled at any time and for any period of time during which the patron is using the computer. Such request can be made to any library staff. All library staff has the authority to disable technology protection devices (filters).

 

Administrative procedures and guidelines for staff to follow in enforcing the Online Access Policy have been established and are available at the Circulation/Reference desk.

The Online Access Policy is enforced by Library staff as follows:

·         Internet users are required to sign in using the electronic reservation system.

·         Users must read and accept the Park City Library Online Access Policy Agreement before being allowed to access the Internet.  Users not accepting the Online Access Policy terms will be denied access to the Internet.

·         The Online Access Policy is enforced on a complaint basis as well as by monitoring by Library staff.  Any verified subsequent report or observed violation of the Online Access Policy will result in immediate termination of that user’s Internet privileges.

·         Complaint forms concerning the Online Access Policy or its enforcement are available at the Circulation/Reference Desk.  All complains are forwarded to and given consideration by the Library Director. 

D.                ONLINE ACCESS POLICY AGREEMENT

The Online Access Policy Agreement reads as follows:

·         Use of the Library’s Internet Terminals is limited to posted times, when others are waiting. Users must sign in electronically to use the Internet Terminals.

·         The Park City Library staff cannot control the availability of information links to external networks. The Library also has no means of verifying the accuracy, content, or currency of information accessed via the Internet. Patrons use the Internet at their own risk.

·         Library Internet connections are public domain. Information searches and correspondence on the Library terminals may be subject to monitoring by network administrators or by unscrupulous users.

·         The Library encourages parents to learn and explore the Internet with their children. Supervision of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

The following actions are prohibited on library computers:

·         Viewing pornography or obscene material.

·         Installing programs, uploading/downloading software or information from personal storage devices, CDs/DVDs or the Internet at Library workstations.

·         Damaging the library’s computers, attempting to access internal networks or change software/hardware settings.

Failure to comply with these policies may result in the loss of Internet privileges in addition to any appropriate legal action including criminal prosecution.

The Internet and Electronic Resources Use Policy is available at the circulation/reference desk for review or online at www.parkcitylibrary.org.

VI.             DISCLAIMER

A.                CONTROVERSIAL MATERIALS

Electronic information resources provide a wealth of education, recreation, and outreach opportunities for the community. However, some information accessed through these resources may be objectionable, offensive, misleading, or illegal.

The Library has installed filtering software to block pornography but cannot guarantee that software will block 100% of such materials. The library cannot censor access to materials nor protect users from all information which they may find offensive.

B.                 ACCESS FOR MINORS

As with other Library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. The Library encourages parents to learn and explore the Internet with their children and to supervise their use.

C.                AVAILABILITY AND VALIDITY

Park City Library staff cannot control the availability of information links to external networks. The Library also has no means of verifying the accuracy, content, or currency of information accessed from computer networks.

D.                DAMAGES / RISK

The Park City Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its terminals or from its connections to external networks. Users use the equipment and network connections at their own risk.

VII.          PRINTING CHARGES

The Library charges for printing from electronic resources.

VIII.       TIME LIMITS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS

The Library enforces time limits when others are waiting. The use of the computer in the Children’s room is restricted to persons under 18 years of age, or to parents or guardians using the computer with their children.

IX.             WIRESS ACCESS POLICY

The Library offers free filtered Internet access points or “hot spots” for library users with appropriately equipped wireless devices during library business hours.  Users agree to abide by the Library’s Online Access Policy when accessing the wireless network.  All liability and risk lies with the user.  No other technical assistance is available.

Reviewed and Revised: April 18, 2006, Adopted: May 22, 2006               

Reviewed and Revised: January 29, 2010, Adopted: May 7, 2010

Reviewed, Revised, and Adopted:  June 12, 2013