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Computer and Internet Use Policy:

(Adopted August 21, 2007)

Table of Contents

1. General Guidelines
2. Access to Internet Resources
3. CIPA Compliance
4. Compliance with Library Policy and Guidelines
5. Review & Revision

1. General Guidelines

1.1  Fees

  • 1.1.1  Use of the computers is free to all patrons.
  • 1.1.2  Charge for printing is $.10 per page for black and white; 50¢ per page for color. The printing fee is still charged even if a patron provides their own paper, as this helps to cover maintenance and toner costs associated with operating printers.

1.2  Sign-up and Limits

  • 1.2.1   Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 1.2.2   A valid library card is necessary to use the computers. For individuals who are visiting the area and need a computer for one-time only use, guest passes are available at the circulation desk.
  • 1.2.3   Computer use may be limited to 1 hour a day per person, based upon demand.
  • 1.2.4   Cardholders with fines exceeding $10.00 will not be granted computer access.

1.3  Patron assistance

  • 1.3.1   Circulation desk staff are not available for assistance with computers other than for logging on and minor problem solving. Please ask the librarian on duty for assistance.
  • 1.3.2   One-on-one classes on basic use of the computers are available. Please speak to a librarian for more information and to register for a class.

1.4  Supplies

  • 1.4.1  1GB USB flash drives ($10.00) and CD-RWs ($1.00) are available for purchase at the circulation desk.

1.5  Security

  • 1.5.1  A security system has been installed on all of the library's computers, along with passwords. Deletion of passwords or other alteration of normal settings will cause the user to be unable to continue program use. Patrons found altering settings will be prevented from using the library's computers.
  • 1.5.2   Patrons are unable to load (or download) programs onto the library's computer hard drives
  • 1.5.3   Patrons may not copy programs from the computer. This is stealing and a violation of copyright law.

1.6  Children's Computers

  • 1.6.1   Computers in the children's area are limited to use by children and their parents or legal guardians. All children under the age of 18 will be directed to use the computers in this area unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will take responsibility for materials viewed in the adult computer section.

1.7  Disclaimer

  • 1.7.1  Moon Township Public Library is not responsible for damage to users' disks or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from use of the library's computers.
  • 1.7.2   Administration does not expect staff to police patrons on their use of information resources. This policy does not supersede or eliminate the parental responsibility with regard to monitoring children's computer/Internet use.

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2.  Access to Internet Resources

Moon Township Public Library provides free public access to the Internet, a medium that offers a wealth of educational, recreational, and cultural information for library users. Because the Internet is a vast, unregulated medium, the library cannot control and is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information accessed via the Internet, including information contained in email, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communications. This policy represents the library's best judgment about the most effective way to offer patrons access to this valuable, but controversial resource.

2.1  Moon Township Public Library accepts and complies with the Electronic Information Network's (eiNetwork) Policy Statement on Internet and Computer Use.

2.2  The library provides access to Internet resources equally to all library users and upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material.

2.3  In part because the Internet is unregulated, the library does not monitor, and cannot control, information that may be accessed by patrons, including minors, through the Internet. The library considers it important to let Internet users know that filters are unreliable. Information accessed through the Internet may contain material that is incorrect, inauthentic, unreliable, illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit and may fit the legal definition recorded by the Pennsylvania Obscenity Statue as being "harmful to minors."

  • 2.3.1  "Harmful to minors" involves material or performances that involve explicit sexual materials that depict nudity, sexual conduct or sadomasochistic abuse and appeal predominantly to prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, is offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community, and taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, educational or scientific value for minors (Pennsylvania Obscenity Statue - 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec. 5903).
  • 2.3.2  Patrons viewing such materials will be told that they must comply with the law. Repeat offenders will be banned from using the library's computers.

2.4   Children's access to the Internet, like other library materials, is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian, and not the library or its staff.

2.5   Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities on the Internet. Moon Township Public Library, however, will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or for the proper operation of the library.

2.6   Moon Township Public Library has selected Internet sites to link to its home page in accordance with its Collection Development Policy. Beyond this, the library does not assume responsibility for any content found on the Internet outside of the library's home page, for changes in the content of the sources to which the library's home page links, or for the content of sources accessed by the user through secondary links.

  • 2.6.1  The fact that the library has provided a link to an external site does not constitute an endorsement, authorization, sponsorship or affiliation by the library to the site, its owners, or any products or services mentioned on the site.

2.7   The use of the library's computers for game playing, email, and chat is viewed as low-priority use. The library reserves the right to limit these activities on its computers.

2.8   The library assumes no responsibility for damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of information accessed through the library's Internet service.

2.9   Wireless Internet Access

  • 2.9.1  Moon Township Public Library provides free wireless access to the Internet for patrons wishing to use personal laptops in the library.
  • 2.9.2   All patrons using wireless access in the library are bound to comply with the rules as outlined in this policy.
  • 2.9.3   Moon Township Public Library is not responsible for any changes made to settings as a result of attempting to connect to the wireless network. It is expected that the user/owner of the laptop is capable of configuring the network settings on their own computer. The library staff is not trained to configure laptops to utilize the network and cannot provide assistance with this task.

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3.  CIPA Compliance

3.1  Moon Township Public Library complies with the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

  • 3.1.1  The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires all computers in a public library to be filtered if that library accepts any federal funds for Internet access or computers used for Internet access (Supreme Court Decision: United States v. American Library Association, Inc., No. 02-361 (June 23, 2003)).

3.2   All computers in Moon Township Public Library are filtered with software provided by the eiNetwork. The eiNetwork has a filtering software policy. It is important to be aware that filters are unreliable, at times blocking sites of legitimate informational or educational value, or allowing access to sites that are illegal, obscene, or sexually explicit within the meaning of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec. 5903.

3.3   Parents or legal guardians, and not library staff, are responsible for monitoring their children's use of the Internet. The library strongly encourages parents or legal guardians to supervise their children's Internet use and to provide them with guidelines about acceptable use.

3.4   Under CIPA, library staff should disable a filter for adults (17 years of age or older) when requested.

3.5   Under CIPA, library staff may disable a filter for a minor (age 16 years or younger) in the event that a filter erroneously blocks access to an Internet site with legitimate informational value.

3.6   Moon Township Public Library is not responsible for any patron's unauthorized use of a computer with a disabled filter.

3.7   Any patron who wishes to file a complaint about the filtering software on the library's computers may do so within thirty (30) days of use to:

  • The Library Director and/or the Library Board President
  • The Director of the eiNetwork
  • The Federal Communications Commission

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4.  Compliance with Library Policy and Guidelines

4.1  Computer workstations cannot be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, Pennsylvania, or local laws, including activities in violation of 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Sec. 5903. Any illegal activity involving the library's computer/Internet resources or equipment will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

4.2  Violations of the policies and regulations that govern use of the library's computer resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources.

4.3  Moon Township Public Library reserves the right to take appropriate action to ensure compliance with this policy.

4.4  In the application and interpretation of this policy, Moon Township Public Library will use as reference The American Library Association's Code of Ethics, Freedom to Read Statement, Library Bill of Rights, and interpretations as they apply to electronic resources.

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5.  Review & Revision

5.1  This policy is subject to periodic review by the Library Board of Trustees.

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Last Updated: September 16, 2013

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