Internet use-Britton Public Library

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Computer and Internet Use Policy

Public internet use: Britton Public Library provides Internet access for research, educational and social purposes. your using the internet at the library indicates your acceptance of our computer policy.

Scope of internet access: It is the goal of the library to provide the greatest possible access to the internet within the limites of available resources. The internet offers access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching.

Intellectual Freedom: Content: The library recognizes the right of individuals to determine what is most appropriate for their needs. Users should be aware that information accessed via the internet maybe controversial, inaccurate or dated. Because the internet is a vcast unregulated information network, it also enables access to ideas, information, images and commentary beyond the confines of the library's collection, imssion, selection criteria and collection development policies. Because of this access and because sites on the internet change often, rapidly and unpredictably, the library cannot protect users from information and images which they might find offensive or disturbing.

Children's Use of the Internet: As with other library materials and services, parents or legal guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the information selected or accessed by their children - and only their children. Under South Dakota law, parents or legal guardian are responsible for their children until the age of 18. Thre will, however, be no access to social media by anyone under the age of 18. Children 8 and older can utilize the public access computers.

Computer use:
                       1. Use is limited to thirty minute sessions on a first come, first serve basis.  Each user is allowed one session, if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session,                               the user may have a second session. 

                       2.  If required, please ask library staff for assistance on how to operate the equipment. For instructions about specific programs, use the program's FAQs or help menu.

 3.      Research on the computer is a priority over other activities and may allow you to remain on the computer while others are asked to terminate their session for waiting patrons.

3.      Users must sign in at the computer desk with name, date, time and computer they will be using.Signing indicates that the user accepts library policy. No reservations in advance are permitted.

4.      Users will respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.

5.      One person is allowed at each computer in order to keep walkway clear and the noise at a minimum.
6.    Current charges for printing and printing limits are posted

Internet Use: Library Rules - The same principles that guide the use of other library resources apply to the use of the internet. The library expects patrons to use the internet in a responsible manner respecting the rights of the rights of others and library rules of behavior. The library does not allow the use of library equipment to access material that is obscene, pornographic, features child pornography, or is harmful to minors. Because the librar is a public place, the librar staff has the right to monitor computer activity. Use of the internet is a privilege, not a right, and unacceptable use will result in suspension or cancellation of the privilege.
The length of suspension is at the discretion of the library staff. There may be an assessment of charges for damages, system restoration or unauthorized copying. 

      Unacceptable uses include bur are not limited to:

a)      Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.  Anyone caught destroying or damaging will face criminal persecution and will be financially responsible for labor and parts in restoring the library’s computer back to its original configurations.

b)     Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities

c)      Vandalizing the data of any other user

d)     Invading the privacy of individuals

e)     Violating Federal, State or local laws and regulations

f)        Use of sound or visuals which may be disruptive to others

g)     Accessing, viewing or downloading pornography


    Wireless Internet

1.      The library offers free Wi-Fi (wireless) Internet access to patrons bringing in their own wireless-equipped laptops.

2.      You are responsible for the configuration of your own equipment
Britton Public Library staff will not provide any assistance or recommendations regarding configuring or troubleshooting your equipment

3.      Audio output must be muted or directed to your headphones

4.      The coverage area is approximately the whole building
Signal strength and connection speed may vary in some areas

5.      A wireless connection is less secure than a wired connection
you are responsible for understanding the risks. Britton Public Library cannot assure the security of your data when you use any of the publicly available PCs or the wireless network.

6.      Any activity that violates library policy regarding library owned computers is also prohibited on user owned equipment that is connected to the wireless network.

 Microfilm Reader/Slide Scanner Computer

1.      Access to the reader/scanner computer will be the same as other public computers in the library.

2.      Session limits of one (1) hour shall be enforced. 

3.      Assistance is available from the library staff to show you how to use the machines.  The staff is not able to do the research for the patron due to time limitations.

G.    Computer Hardware

1.      The Library owns computer hardware for in house use only, to be used during your access session. 

2.      Photo scanner

3.      Document scanner

4.      In focus projector

a)     May be used in meeting room.

b)     You are responsible for price of bulb if not used properly.

c)      Local churches (pastors) or community education classes may request use outside of building, will be decided by library director.

d)     Librarians will assist in connecting the hardware and giving basic instructions.

H.     Revisions adopted by the board of trustees 2-10-2020