Internet Policy

Internet Policy

Macsherry Library provides access to the Internet as a source of information providing education, communication, and cultural enrichment for both the community and visitors to the area. The user should be aware that there is much inappropriate and inaccurate information to be found on the Internet. There is also valuable, accurate, and current information provided thereon. We do not monitor or control information accessible through the Internet and do not accept responsibility for its content. The Internet is a rapidly changing global entity currently unregulated by any government or organization. It is the responsibility of parents to understand the potential for harm provided by chat rooms and inappropriate sites and to supervise their childrens use of the computers. Parents/guardians of children under 13 are required to accompany their child and supervise the childs use of the librarys Internet computers. During periods of heavy use, adults (18 years and older) will receive priority for computer use. Any student doing school work will enjoy the same privilege. There are currently seven computers available for Internet access, word processing, printing, or other applications. Two laptop connections, two printers and a scanner are also available. Computer games are on the childrens room computers. Data discs and printed materials are available at the desk. Prices are as determined by the Board. There is video surveillance of the computer room. The library reserves the right to use content filtering software and also to monitor usage as necessary to ensure smooth operations and acceptable use. The library will set quotas for and monitor access time. 

ACCEPTABLE USER POLICY

You must be registered as a computer user and signed in at the desk before you use the computers. Computers are available on a first- come, first- served basis during library hours. No more than two persons may be on a computer at one time and both should sign in for that computer. A waiting list for the computers will result in a 30 minute time limit. Those on the list should wait in the reading areas and not in the computer room.

Users may not:

Use the computers for financial or commercial gain.

Invade the privacy of others.

Make any attempt to damage or modify computer equipment or software.

Engage in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.

Use the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other rights of third parties, or in a manner inconsistent with the libraries tax-exempt status or its proper operation.

The library computers may not be used for any purpose which violates U.S. or state laws. These would include the transmission of obscenity, harassment, or interference or disruption of other computers, services, or equipment. Disruption may include distribution of unsolicited advertising, propagation of worms and viruses, and unauthorized entry into another computer. 

Violations of the above policy will result in loss of computer privileges. Illegal acts involving the library computers may be subject to prosecution by government

authorities and the library would cooperate with these procedures. Behavior in the computer room should be consistent with the overall library policy and with special regard to hushed conversation and the prohibition of food and drink. Users of library computers should be mindful that they are in a public place and refrain from visiting sites with graphic content that is likely to be discomforting to other users, or inappropriate for younger users. Refusal to oblige requests to obey rules or cease such usage will result in the revocation of user privileges.

Security software on the library computers allows work to be saved only on CD, floppy, or flash drives. Discs may be purchased at the desk.

If you require assistance with the operation of your computer or in accessing the Internet, one of the library staff will be glad to help you as time allows.

If there is a problem, alert someone at the circulation desk.

Computers will be shut down by library staff. When finished with an internet computer, log out or return it to the desktop (blue or green screen). Computers will be shut down 15 minutes before the library closes.