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Computer Usage Rules and Regulations

The mission of the Hiawatha Public Library is to provide the members of its community with access to information that can improve their minds, broaden their lives, and fulfill their cultural, civic, intellectual, and recreational needs. A goal of the Hiawatha Public Library is to provide opportunities for any citizen who wishes to explore the World Wide Web in the library.

The library's computer systems provide the opportunity to integrate electronic resources from information networks around the world with the library's other resources. The World Wide Web enables the library to provide information from beyond the confines of its own collection and allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe.

The World Wide Web, as part of the Internet, is an unregulated medium. It offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, but it also allows access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal.

The library cannot control or monitor the vast amount of material accessible from computers and networks via the World Wide Web. As with printed material, not all sources provide accurate, complete or current information. It is the responsibility of individual users to evaluate the validity of all information found.


CONDITIONS AND TERMS OF USE IN THE LIBRARY

In an effort to ensure that the use of this medium is consistent with the mission of the Hiawatha Public Library the following regulations shall apply:

1. The library will attempt to ensure that the use of the World Wide Web is consistent with the mission statement.
2. World Wide Web use will be managed in a manner consistent with all library policies but especially those policies regarding disruptive behavior and unattended children. These policies are available at the circulation desk.
3. As a part of the library card registration process, the cardholder agrees to be responsible for the correct and proper use of the World Wide Web.
4. Rules for On-Line Safety will be distributed to all minors and their parents when applying for a library card.
5. Failure to use the World Wide Web appropriately and responsibly, as defined in the Computer Usage Rules and Regulations, posted in the computer area, will result in suspension of computer use privileges.
6. The library affirms the right and responsibility of parents or guardians to guide, determine, and monitor their children's use of library materials and resources. Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the World Wide Web information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents or guardians--and only parents or guardians-- may restrict their children -- and only their children -- from access to Internet resources available through the library.
7. The library’s home page will identify specific starting points that are consistent with the library's mission and service roles.
8. Sending and/or receiving e-mail is permitted on the library’s Internet computers, but the library does not provide e-mail accounts.
9. Personal software programs and diskettes cannot be used on library computers.
10. Software cannot be downloaded from the Internet
11. Printing is available for $.10/page. It will be printed on a shared laser printer that is kept at the circulation desk.
12. No more than 2 people are allowed at a computer.
13. Sometimes library staff can help with basic computer use, but we will not provide detailed information on software and its use. The library reserves the right to require anyone who wishes to use the computers to be knowledgeable in their operation.
14. The use of the library computers must be for legal and ethical purposes. Examples of unacceptable purposes include, but are not limited to, the following:
bulletDestruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the library;
bulletViolation of computer system security and/or system configuration;
bulletViolation of another user’s right to privacy;
bulletViolation of the copyright laws of the United States;
bulletUse of sounds and visuals that might be disruptive to others.
bulletReceiving or displaying test or graphics which may reasonably be construed as indecent or obscene.
bulletAccessing “adult only” sites is not allowed.

Violations of the computer use policy may result in loss of computer privileges and may lead to financial responsibility. Illegal acts involving library computers may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities. It is against the law Iowa to download or provide child pornography, or display pornography where children may see it. (Iowa Code, chapter 728.2)

15. Library staff cannot control the availability, accuracy, or currency of information links, which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Each individual must evaluate the validity and reliability of the information.


PUBLIC USE COMPUTERS (Computers 3 & 4)

Public Use Computers are available for using Word and Excel. Computers are available on a first-come, first served basis. Library diskettes are available for a nominal fee. Once a diskette leaves the building it cannot be used again in the library computers. Diskettes will be held for individuals who purchase a diskette at the library.

NO OUTSIDE DISKETTES ARE ALLOWED IN LIBRARY COMPUTERS.

Rules 8-13 of this document will also apply to use of these computers.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees 12/1/98
Revised 10/7/99
Revised 2/12/02
Revised 7/9/02
Revised 1/14/03
Revised 10/7/03

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Last updated: February 19, 2007.