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Electronic Access Policy

Electronic Access Policy
Board Approved 6/17/13
 
The Tuscarawas County Public Library System (the Library) offers access to the Internet and other electronic resources as part of its mission to provide library users of all ages with resources to help them live, learn, and grow. The Internet, as a global electronic network, enables individuals to search for ideas and information beyond the confines of the Library collection.
 
In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Library has implemented the following measures to address these issues:
  • Internet filtering software that blocks access to sexual imagery is installed on all Library computers and the Library's wireless (WiFi) access.
  • Library Internet users may not send, receive, or display any text or graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene. Anyone violating this prohibition will be asked to cease, and may be excluded from the Library.
The Library does not guarantee the accuracy or suitability of the information available on the Internet. Not all information found on the Internet is accurate, current, legal, or acceptable to all individuals. Users are encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the validity and appropriateness of information accessed via the Internet. Library staff are available to assist users in their research. In addition, the Library offers scheduled classes on using the Internet.
 
The Library does not guarantee that the functions of the Library computers or the Internet will meet any user's requirements or that the service will be error-free or uninterrupted. The Library is not liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including lost profits or data or theft of personal information) sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operation, or inability to use or operate the Library's computers or the Internet.
 
To provide the opportunity for the maximum number of people to access Library Internet workstations, the Library has established daily time limits for computer and Internet access.
 
A valid Tuscarawas County Public Library System card is required to access the Internet in the Library.
 
User Responsibilities
 
Because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, users are cautioned that all transactions, files, and communications are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use. Users are advised to use caution when sending personal information over the Internet.
 
While accessing the Internet at the Library, users must comply with the Library's Code of Conduct for Library Users and all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Illegal or abusive use of Library computers and the Internet is prohibited. Such use includes, but is not limited to
  • Using the Internet to harass or threaten other persons
  • Engaging in commercial or political activity
  • Tampering with, vandalizing, degrading, or disrupting the Library computers or another system
  • Gaining unauthorized access to computer systems and networks
  • Logging off, turning off, unplugging, or rebooting the equipment
  • Unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material
  • Installing application software on Library computers
Filtering
 
In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and in order to remain eligible for certain federal funding, the Library has implemented software filtering on all of its computers with Internet access and its wireless (WiFi) access. The Library has attempted to select filtering software that best complies with CIPA while providing library users with the broadest possible access to constitutionally protected speech and information. The Library cannot and does not guarantee that the filtering software will block all obscenity, child pornography, or materials that may be considered harmful to minors. Nor can the Library guarantee that the filtering software will always permit access to sites that may have legitimate research or other value.
 
Access by Minors
 
Internet filtering software should not substitute for individual judgment and/or parental involvement and oversight. Numerous websites are available that offer tips and suggestions for safe Internet usage by children and teens, such as: www.safekids.com, and www.netsmartz.org.
 
Wireless Network Access
The Library offers wireless (WiFi) access at all of its locations. Wireless users are bound by the same guidelines stated in this policy. Library staff can provide general information for connecting a device to the wireless network, but cannot troubleshoot problems related to a wireless device or assist in making changes to a device's network settings and/or hardware configuration. The Library cannot guarantee that a device will work with the Library's wireless access points.
 
Use of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System's wireless network is entirely at the risk of the user. The library disclaims all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss. The library will not be responsible for any damage caused to a user's hardware or software caused by electrical surges, security breaches, viruses, or hacking. All wireless (WiFi) access users are advised to have up-to-date virus protection on their laptop computers or wireless devices.