What are the library’s rules for in-house use of the Internet?
The Sturm Memorial Library provides access to the Internet through three public workstations. Internet access is provided through membership in OWLSnet, the computer network of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System.
The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world. Millions of people use and contribute to the Internet and while much of the information available is useful, much of it is not. Selection policies which serve to govern a library’s purchase of other materials cannot be applied to material accessed electronically. There is information on the Internet which may be personally offensive and controversial to the general public. The Internet also has content that is illegal and unethical. The Sturm Memorial Library cannot monitor or be held accountable for the material that is on the Internet.
The determination of what is an acceptable age to begin using the Internet cannot be made by library staff. Library staff cannot control the information/material youth may find on the Internet. For these reasons, the supervision of children using the Internet is inherently the responsibility of parents/guardians. Library staff assumes that children and young adults under the age of 18 who are unattended in the library have parental permission to use the library resources, including the Internet.
No filtering software is used on the Internet workstations in this library. The Sturm Memorial Library (along with all other OWLSnet libraries) is not required to filter as stated in the Children’s Internet Protection Act. (CIPA)
However, the Library requires that all users agree to:
Library staff reserves the right to:
The Library is not allowed to let people plug into the OWLSnet network with personal laptop computers.
In addition, computers users at the Library will see this Policy statement every time they log on to the computers and will have to accept the terms before they can proceed. The wording is slightly different from the regular policy to accommodate space issues in the computer display.
The Sturm Memorial Library:
Sturm Memorial Library will provide free Internet access points for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals during normal library business hours. 802.11b or 802.11g wireless networking is required. The Library cannot guarantee that your hardware will work with our wireless connection and the Library is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer’s settings.
The Library’s wireless network is not secure. Please take appropriate precautions when using this service.
Users of wireless services must abide by the Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy. The Library reserves the right to end wireless sessions of anyone in violation of the policy.
Library staff is not available to help anyone configure their laptop or PDA to access the wireless network or provide any technical assistance if difficulties occur. Staff will verify that the network is on and working.
The Library accepts no responsibility for damage caused to a person’s laptop, PDA or other peripheral devices.
Printing is not available on the wireless connection but users may save their work to a disk or other peripheral device and use the wired public access computers as available to print.
Staff reserves the right to limit the amount of bandwidth in use by any user of the wireless network particularly if there are multiple users of wireless at the same time.
The Library reserves the right to revise this policy at any time.