Internet Use Policy

Please refer to the following as a guide to using the Library's internet connection:

IOLA VILLAGE LIBRARY
Internet Policy 3.6

PURPOSE:

The Iola Village Library Board of Trustees establishes this Internet Policy to ensure appropriate use of Internet resources within the Library.

The Library provides workstations for free public access to the Internet as an informational, educational and recreational resource.

The Library expects that all use of electronic information resources such as the Internet will be responsible and ethical, consistent with the purpose for which these resources are provided.

Prohibited uses of the public Internet computers in the Iola Village Library include:

  • Use of the public Internet computers for any activity prohibited by federal or state law or local ordinance.
  • Use of the public Internet computers to gain unauthorized access to the library's networks or computer systems or to any other network or computer system in any other facility.
  • Use of the public Internet computers to view pornography.
  • Sending, receiving, or displaying, text or graphics, which may reasonably be construed by the Library, staff as offensive to the public.
  • Use of the public Internet computers to obstruct other people's work by using the system unreasonably or by deliberately crashing or disrupting any computer system.
  • Make any attempt to deliberately damage, alter, change or modify the public Internet computer hardware or software, or to deliberately and knowingly introduce a computer virus.
  • Make any attempt to cause degradation of public Internet computer system's performance.
  • Use of the public Internet computers to engage in any tortuous activity, including libel or slander.
  • Use of the public Internet computers to operate a business.
  • Ethical is defined as being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice.


LIMITATIONS:

  • The library staff may impose restrictions, such as time limits, on the use of Library equipment. While respecting individual users' right to privacy, Library Staff reserves the right to monitor use of Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Staff may ask users to remove themselves from Library equipment if they observe any behavior, which they judge to be in conflict with this policy. Misuse or abuse of Library computers or Internet access may result in suspension of Internet access or library privileges.
  • The Internet access is via the World Wide Web only. Patrons are allowed access to email accounts. Access is not permitted for newsgroups and chat rooms.

PUBLIC ACCESS:

The Iola Village Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children. Subject to the above restrictions, it is the responsibility of the user (or parent, guardian or caregiver) to determine what is appropriate.

  • Parents and legal guardians who are concerned about their children's use of the Internet are expected to provide guidance to their children and monitor their use of this resource. Only they are in the position to define what material or information is consistent with their personal and family beliefs, and only they can apply these values for themselves and their children as they use the library's resources. Children and young adults under the age of 18 should have parental permission to use the Internet. It is not possible for the library staff to control specific information children and youth may locate on the Internet.
  • Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, they do not do so for electronic information. Selection policies, which serve to govern a library's purchase of written materials, may not apply to material accessed electronically.


Reviewed and Approved 2/25/2003