Hope Welty Public Library

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Computer Policy

The library has two computers for public use. A valid library card with no fines is necessary in order to use the computer. We must have a signed computer agreement on file. Patrons under the age of 18 must have an agreement signed by a parent. Patrons under the age of 12 must have a parent present in the library during their computer time.

COMPUTERS

COMPUTER REGISTRATION AND USER AGREEMENT

1.    I have read the policy concerning the use of the Hope Welty Public Library District’s computers and agree to abide by the policy.

2.    I agree to pay any repair or replacement costs of equipment or software damaged by myself or by minors for whom I am responsible.

3.    I understand that copyright laws restrict duplication of copyrighted software, and I will follow all copyright laws.

4.    I understand that if I fail to abide by the Hope Welty Public Library District’s policy I will lose eligibility for use of this service.

5.    I understand and acknowledge that the Internet contains materials of a controversial nature including pornography, obscenity, inflammatory or dangerous material and the Hope Welty Public Library District, and it’s Staff have no control over the Internet and assumes no responsibility for the content, quality, accuracy, currency or appropriateness of any Internet resources. 

6.    Viewing of certain materials in the public library may be considered improper in time, place, or manner.  Inappropriate use of the Internet, as decided by the library staff, may result in suspension or revocation of Internet use and/or library privileges.
                The library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time.
Violations of Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 720, Criminal Offenses,Section 5, Article 11 regarding lewd, obscene, and/or pornographic materials will be reported immediately to the local and/or county law enforcement.  Full text of these statutes is available upon request.
NAME   ____________________________________
DATE _______________Patron Card #___________

FOR PATRONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18
As the parent or guardian of_______________________, I give my permission for my child to use the computers at the Hope Welty Public Library District, with the understanding that I am responsible for monitoring my child’s appropriate use of this service and that I am responsible for any damage that may occur and that I have read, understand and agree to the above statements.

PARENT SIGNATURE _______________DATE_____________






PUBLIC ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION NETWORK

THE LIBRARY’S MISSION TO ELECTRONIC NETWORKS

Libraries make it possible for citizens to have access to the information they need to make informed decisions. As a member of the Illinois Library and Information Network (ILLINET), the Hope Welty Public Library District is committed to networking which represents good public policy by maximizing the use of the resources of all types of libraries. Every library user benefits from expanded access to information beyond the four walls of a single library building.

The Hope Welty Public Library District and all ILLINET libraries use electronic information networks such as the Internet for a variety of purposes:

1.    Access to shared automation systems that provide bibliographic access to the collection of the local library and libraries in the region and across the sate.
2.    Access to the wealth of information resources available via the Internet.
3.    Access to general and specialized shared licensed databases available to ILLINET member libraries through regional and statewide cooperative programs.

Internet electronic mail service is available to patrons in libraries that elect to offer this service. In many areas of Illinois, regional community information networks are operational and offer library patrons access to Internet e-mail and related services.

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LIBRARY POLICIES
    The Hope Welty Public Library District’s policy for Access to Electronic Information Networks is part of the library’s overall policy structure and should be interpreted in conjunction with other existing policies. Copies of all library policies are available upon request from a library staff member.
 
‘GLOBAL’ VERSUS ‘LOCAL’ RESOURCES
    Most resources available via the Internet and other electronic information networks are “global” resources rather than “local” resources. The library does not and cannot control the information content available through global resources such as information obtained from outside sources via the Internet.  Internet resources enhance and supplement resources that are available locally within a library. Library users must be aware that this library does not exercise control over information obtained via the Internet and must keep in mind the following points when evaluation information obtained via the Internet.
1.    Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be reliable and may or may not be obtained from a reliable source.
2.    Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be accurate.
3.    Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be current and up to date.
4.    Links to information on the Internet may not always be valid, and particular information sites on the Internet may sometimes be unavailable and this unavailability often occurs unpredictably.
5.    Certain information obtained via the Internet may be considered controversial by some library patrons.
6.    Viewing of certain materials in the public library may be considered improper in time, place, or manner.  Inappropriate use of the Internet, as decided by the library staff, may result in suspension or revocation of Internet use and/or library privileges.  The library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time.
7.    Violations of Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 720, Criminal Offenses,Section 5, Article 11 regarding lewd, obscene, and/or pornographic materials will be reported immediately to the local and/or county law enforcement.  Full text of these statutes is available upon request.
The Hope Welty Public Library District urges library patrons to be informed consumers and carefully evaluate information obtained via the Internet. Library staff may be available to assist patrons in making judgments about the reliability or currency of certain typed in Internet information sources, but are unable to provide definitive analysis of particular sources due to the extremely large variety and volume of information available via the Internet.

This library is not responsible for damages, indirect or direct, arising from a library patron’s use of Internet information resources.

LIBRARY PATRON’S RIGHTS
    Library patrons have certain rights with respect to use of electronic information networks such as the Internet. This library will work with other libraries in the Illinois Library Information Network to preserve and protect these rights, subject to limitations imposed by licensing and payment agreements with database providers.
Library patrons have the right to confidentiality and privacy in the use of electronic information networks to the extent possible given certain constraints such as proximity or other patrons and in public settings.

Library patrons have the right to equitable access to electronic information networks.

Library patrons have the right to access and read all library service policies and discuss questions with appropriate library staff.


PATRON ASSISTANCE AND INSTRUCTION
    The Hope Welty Public Library District’s staff may provide assistance to patrons in the use of electronic information networks as time and staff knowledge permits. Printed and online documentation and instructions are available at or near points of service. Formal instruction in particular aspects of electronic information network use may be available.

USE OF EQUIPMENT AND NETWORKS
    The Hope Welty Public Library District requires that library patrons using electronic information networks such as the Internet do so within the guidelines of acceptable use. The following activities are UNACCEPTABLE:
1.    Use of electronic information networks for any purpose which results in the harassment of other users.
2.    Destruction of, damage to or unauthorized alteration of the library’s computer equipment software, or network security procedures.
3.    Use of electronic information networks in any way which violates a Federal or State law.
4.    Use of electronic information networks in any way which violates licensing and payment agreements between this library and network’/database providers.
5.    Unauthorized duplication of copy protected software or violation of software license agreements.
6.    Violation of system security.
7.    Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users, including but not limited to overuse of computer equipment which serves to deny access to other users.
8.    Viewing of certain materials in the public library may be   considered improper in time, place, or manner.  Inappropriate use of the Internet, as decided by the library staff, may result in suspension or revocation of Internet use and/or library privileges.  The library reserves the right to end an Internet session at any time.
Violations of Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 720, Criminal Offenses,Section 5, Article 11 regarding lewd, obscene, and/or pornographic materials will be reported immediately to the local and/or county law enforcement.  Full text of these statutes is available upon request.
CHILDREN’S ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION NETWORKS
    The Hope Welty Public Library District supports the right of all library users to access information and will not deny access to electronic information networks based solely on age.
This library recognizes that the electronic information networks such as the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for children. Parents are expected to monitor and supervise their children’s use of the Internet. Library staff are unable to monitor children’s use. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and electronic information network safety.

LIBRARY PROCEDURES RELATING TO ELECTRONIC NETWORKS
    This library has developed certain procedures to assist staff and patrons in the use of electronic information resources. These procedures include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:
1.    Time limits for access to allow use of resources by the maximum number of library patrons.
2.    Cost recovery for printouts using the library’s computer equipment.
3.    Priority usage for accessing the library’s online catalog.
4.    Specific instructions for downloading including compliance with virus protection measures.
5.    Restrictions on the use of personal software on library computer equipment.
6.    A registration and use agreement form which must be completed prior to usage.

BREACH OF POLICY
    Violation of any aspect of this policy may result in the loss of library privileges.

EQUIPMENT AND COMPUTER USE POLICY
    The library reserves the right to limit, refuse, and/or ban any patron from using the library equipment and computers. Use is limited to patrons in good standing, i.e. (all fines have been paid, all overdue materials have been returned, any lost materials have been paid for, and the patron must present a current local or system/wide library card).

    Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied (sitting with) by a parent or guardian while using library equipment or computers. A signed permission slip allowing computer usage must be on file at the library for anyone under the age of 18 years. These are available at the circulation desk.

    Reservations for equipment or computer use can be made at the circulation desk and without them usage is on a “first come, first served” basis. However, all patrons shall log in at the circulation desk prior to use to avoid conflicts with reserved times. If a user has not logged in at the circulation desk, that user will be required to give up the usage if a patron who has logged in or made a reservation is waiting.

In addition, these rules apply for library computer use: Usage is limited to half hour (30 minute) blocks, however, that patron may continue to use the computer in 15 minute intervals until another patron wishes to use it. If a patron is more than 15 minutes late the allocated time will not be extended to reflect the tardiness. Copyright laws forbid duplications of copyrighted software. The library will restrict the use of personal software on library computers. Library software shall not be copied and must be returned to the circulation desk before use of another software product. There will be a charge of $.15 per page of black and white and $.50 per page for color ink prints printed from a library computer. At this time, NO downloading is allowed because of the threat of a virus to our network.