JASONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Computer Use and Internet Policy

The Jasonville Public Library provides free use of the computers and access to the Internet as a privilege for its patrons.  Each patron wishing to use the computer must agree to abide by the policies and procedures set out in this statement.  A signed copy of this agreement will be kept on file.  Patrons will be required to sign an updated copy of this agreement as needed.

 

Jasonville Public Library staff reserves the right to monitor any-and-all activity on Library computers to ensure the policies set forth in this statement are being followed.  The Library shall not use or disclose any activity found on the computers in any manner other than to ensure and enforce compliance with this User Agreement, to defend a claim against the Library, and/or as otherwise required by law.

 

The Library staff retains the right to refuse to permit use of the computer by any patron who lacks basic computer skills, violates Library policies or abuses the privileges to use the computers.  The Library staff is the sole arbiter of what constitutes abusive conduct or violation of its policies.  Inappropriate use may result in suspension of patron access privileges.

 

Examples of inappropriate Internet use include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Any purpose that violates local, state or federal laws or regulations, including the use of the Internet in any way that is harmful to minors (IC 35-49-3-3).  Users whose Internet conduct violates these laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law (IC 35-5-2-7)

-Interfering with or disrupting other computer users, services or equipment

-Solicitation, advertisement, or any commercial purposes

-Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized entry to other computing, information, or communications devices or resources

-Malicious, threatening, harassing or obscene behavior, including public display of obscene materials on computer screens or in hard copy

-Violation of federal, state, or local obscenity laws, including accessing, transmitting, downloading, uploading or distributing pornographic, obscene, abusive, sexually explicit, defamatory, child pornography or material or language harmful to minors

-Any use of personal email, social media, chat rooms or any other personal sites

-Unauthorized disclosure, use of dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors

-Intentional propagation of computer viruses or worms

-Violation of copyright, communication laws or software license agreements

-Transmission of speech not protected by the First Amendment, such as libel, slander or obscenity and demeaning or threatening language

-Fraud, including misrepresenting oneself or the Library.

 

Suspension of Internet privileges may occur if patrons violate any of the conditions listed in this policy, or if the Library staff deems appropriate.  A 1st offense of a patron will result in a 6-month suspension of computer privileges.  A 2nd offense will result in a lifetime revocation of computer privileges.  All punishments will ultimately be up to the Library’s discretion.

 

All patrons wishing to make use of the computers and/or Internet must abide by the following:

-All patrons must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.  Patrons under the age of eighteen (18) must have a consent form signed by their parent or guardian before using the computer.

-Patrons must be in good standing with the Library and have no overdue books or fees associated with their account.

-Patrons must sign in with Library staff at the circulation desk, including their full name, date and time in use.

-There will be a 30-minute time limit, per person per day

-Notify Library staff immediately if a problem exists with the computer and/or printer.

-Any major damage inflicted on the machine will be evaluated by Library staff and the user may be held financially responsible if the situation warrants.

 

Printing Policy

Patrons may print out their work to the Library printer or have copies made by Library staff at a cost of $.25 per page if printing less than 10 pages and $.10 per page if printing 10 or more pages.  These fees must be paid at the Circulation Desk when picking up materials.  Patrons are responsible for payment for all pages printed, even if pages printed are “by accident” or are not wanted. 

 

Limitation of Liability

The Jasonville Public Library and its Board of Directors assumes no liability for any loss or damage to patrons’ data or discs, nor for any personal damage or injury incurred as a result of using the Library’s computers.  The Library is not responsible for any patrons’ use of or inability to use the public access computers in the Library, not is the Library liable for any damage which may result to any patron or work product resulting from malfunctions of equipment or errors in usage.  Each user releases the Jasonville Public Library and its Board of Directors from any and all claims arising from the use of the computers.  Patrons using the computers, and parents/guardians of users under the age of eighteen (18), will be responsible to the Library for any damage caused to the computers or computer systems through deliberate destruction, defacement, or misuse of the computers.  The Jasonville Public Library and its Board of Directors will not be responsible for the purchase of any goods or services made through the Internet by any patron.

 

Disclaimer

Although the Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information, some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, controversial or offensive to some individuals.  The Library has no control over Internet sources, and is not responsible for its content or the information retrieved.  Users are hereby notified that they are responsible for the access points and websites they reach.  Patrons must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information they find.