Internet Use Policy

Purpose:

  • The Lester Public Library of Arpin has established this Internet policy to ensure appropriate use of Internet resources within the Library.
  • The Internet enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection.  It offers access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world.  However, this information may not be up-to-date, complete or even accurate.

Disclaimer:

  • The Lester Public Library of Arpin does not monitor and has no control over the information assessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  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.  It is the responsibility of the user (or parent, legal guardian or caregiver) to determine what is appropriate. 

Responsibility of the User:

  • All users of electronic information resources such as the Internet are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purpose for which they are provided and to follow these rules and regulations.

Responsible, ethical use of such resources includes the following:

  • Users are expected to obey all federal, state, and local laws.  Users will not use the Internet to harm or harass others; (e.g. sending unwanted e-mail/chain messages).  This is in violation of Wisconsin State Statues. 
  • Users are expected to obey library policies and procedures.  Failure to comply may result in the loss of Internet privileges.
  • Users will respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to any files, passwords, or data belonging to others or to the library.
  • Users will not send, receive or display text or graphics, which may reasonably be construed as obscene according to Wisconsin State Statutes Obscenities Law.
  • Users agree not to make changes to the setup or configuration or the software or hardware of Library electronic equipment.
  • Users agree to log-off properly when they are finished.

Restrictions:

  • Patrons’ use of the computer for illegal purposes is prohibited.
  • Patrons attempting to crash or degrade or change security of the Library’s computer systems, damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the library is prohibited.
  • Downloading files (e.g. games, music or chat programs) to be stored on the hard drive is not permitted.
  • Saving documents to the hard drive is not permitted.
  • Copying of software is prohibited.  No library software may leave the premises.
  • Display of sexually explicit graphics is inappropriate for a public and open environment and is prohibited.
  • The use of profanity is prohibited in any situation, Internet or otherwise.

Copyright:

  • U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of fair use.  Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, test, images, programs or data) without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.  Any responsibility for any consequences or copyright infringement lies with the user; the library expressly disclaims any liability for responsibility resulting from such use.

Internet Access for Children:

Staff Assistance:

  • Staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits.  Due to limits on staffing, the library is unable to provide extensive, personalized instruction on the use of the Internet.  Library staff will be able to offer searching suggestions and answer some questions.

Consequences for Misuse:

  • While respecting a user’s right to privacy, library staff reserves the right to monitor use of the 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.
  • Patrons violating these guidelines will be asked to stop.  If the violation continues, the patron will forfeit the right to use the computers at this time and will be asked to leave the library.  Under the same circumstances, minors violating the guidelines will be asked to leave and their parents or guardian will be contacted immediately.
  • Misuse or abuses of the computers or Internet access will result in suspension of Internet access privileges.  The library staff reserves the right to end the patron’s session.
  • If patron continues to violate internet guidelines, their misuse will be brought before the library board, and appropriate action will be taken.

Printing Charges:

  • A fee of $.20 cents per page for printing will be charged for any information printed from the internet on the online printer.  Please pay the library staff immediately after your internet session.

Appeals:

Users have the right to a full and impartial review of disciplinary action of a decision they consider unjust.  Appeals may be made by the parent/guardian of the child under the age of 18.  An adult may also make appeals.  Appeals will be made to the following:

  • Library Board Members:  Adults or parents/guardian of a minor will notify the Library Director of their wish to appeal a disciplinary action.  Disciplinary actions can be appealed at the monthly board meeting, which occurs the first Tuesday of the month.  The Director will inform the adults or parents/guardian of the meeting date and time.  The Library Director will then inform the Library Board President and place it on the agenda.  The Director will also have present for the appeal at the monthly meeting the appropriate staff and any other person(s) involved.

Reviewed and Updated: November 1, 2014