Internet Use Policy

Internet Use Policy

Lebanon County Library System (LCLS)
Internet and Public Computers Use Policy
As of March 20, 2006

Internet and Public PC users must read and accept this policy. Section I describes the county-wide policy. Section II describes the local library policy particulars.

Section I: System wide policy:

Purpose:
The public libraries in Lebanon County are committed to the promotion of lifelong learning. Accordingly, the libraries provide public access to the diverse and unique resources available on the Internet. LCLS libraries support the principles of intellectual freedom as laid out in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read and view statements.

Conditions and Terms of Use:
1. Information available on the Internet may be protected by copyrights or trademarks; therefore, use of such information must not violate any copyright or trademark laws.

2. The libraries cannot control Internet content. Individual users are responsible for determining the validity and accuracy of information located via the Internet. The libraries are not responsible for any use made of information obtained from Internet resources.

3. The Internet and its resources contain materials of controversial nature, thus parents or legal guardians, NOT library staff, are responsible for any information accessed by their children on the Internet. Parents or legal guardians who believe that their children cannot use the libraries’ Internet access responsibly are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use.

4. Viewing of certain materials in the public library may be considered improper in time, place, or manner. Libraries reserve the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates other library policies.

5. A patron may not use a public library Internet connection for any commercial or for-profit purpose.

6. Downloads to removable disks are subject to member library disk use policies.

7. A cost-recovery fee for printouts is required at all libraries and must be paid in advance.

8. LCLS expressly prohibits any use of computers for illegal activities, or to access material that contains or makes reference to explicit sexual materials as defined in 18Pa. C.S. 5903, is obscene, contains child pornography, or is harmful to minors.

9. The following practices are prohibited: a. Violating the computer system integrity including tampering with hardware or software; b. Storage of personal data; c. Violating software license agreements and copyright laws; d. Use of personal software; e. Violating another user’s privacy; f: Use of computer for any illegal or promotion of illegal activates; g. Hacking activities; and h. Uploading, downloading or creation of computer viruses.

 

Children and the Internet:
Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in the use of the Internet and inform them about material they should not use.

Library staff will seek to limit children’s exposure to materials of an explicit sexual nature using Internet filtering technology, by monitoring the use of Internet terminals when possible, and by intervening in on-line sessions when necessary. However, staff monitoring and/or filtering software do not offer absolute protection against the possibility that children may encounter sexually explicit materials while on-line. Parental supervision of children searching the Internet is strongly advised.

Filtering Policy:
LCLS implements content filtering to comply with Children’s Internet Protection Act. Users are reminded however, that filtering software is not foolproof. It diminishes the likelihood that searchers will inadvertently retrieve text or images that they may find offensive, but does not eliminate that possibility. Filters often block access to sites that users would otherwise consider both inoffensive and useful. Please inform the library staff about blocked useful sites, as well as unblocked offensive sites.

Conditions:
1. Users must have a valid library card and PIN, however, a Computer Courtesy Card or a Visitor Card will be provided to occasional users and visitors.

2. Users are allowed a maximum of two hours per day, in thirty-minute sessions. [ADD: The library has the right to limit usage to only one thirty-minute session. ADD]

3. Users who owe more than $5.00 in fines will be blocked.

4. All printing must be pre-paid in the user’s account. A maximum of $20 can be pre-paid. [ADD] Balances on accounts cannot be refunded, but will remain on the user’s account. [ADD]

5. Printing will be charged as follows:
30 Cents per page, tax included.

6. Users will be accommodated by First Available Sign-up System.

7. All library computers will be filtered, including staff PCs.

8. Adults will be given the option to change their filtering choices, including turning the
filter off; ‘Teen’ filtering level will be used for children between thirteen and seventeen years of age; and ‘Safe Harbor’ level will be used for children under thirteen years of age.

Limitations:
Availability of access to web-based services such as e-mail, is subject to member library access policies.

User Responsibilities:
1. Users will sign an Internet agreement; agreements for children under eighteen years of age may require a parent or legal guardian’s signature.
2. Users must observe time limits and other procedural guidelines set by individual libraries for use of the Internet.
3. Users are responsible for damage to equipment beyond that which occurs with normal usage; hardware and software may not be abused, modified or destroyed.

Staff Assistance:
Library staff will be able to assist in basic navigation, but due to limited staffing and time constrains, patrons are encouraged to search the Internet on their own.

 

Section II: Local library policies:

Annville Free Library:
Third Party Media: Due to computer system protection, downloading or uploading material from (or to) CD’s, Thumb drives, floppies, etc. is not possible.
Children and Youth Restrictions: a. Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when using the Internet.

Lebanon Community Library:
Chat Rooms are prohibited.
Violation Penalties: First violation leads to loss of Internet use privileges.

Matthews Public Library:
Removing of privacy screens is prohibited.
No more than 2 youth at a PC at a time.
Violation Penalties: First violation leads to loss of Internet use privileges.

Myerstown Community Library:
Children Restrictions: Patrons under the age of twelve must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while using the internet.
Prohibited Use: Chat Rooms, news groups, list-serves and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) are prohibited.
Violation Penalties: First violation: leads to loss of Internet use privileges.

Palmyra Public Library:
Children and Youth Restrictions: a. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when using the Internet. b. No more than 1 youth at a PC at a time.
Violation Penalties:
First violation: Warning and immediate loss of Internet use privileges for 24 hours.
Second Violation: Loss of Internet use privileges for 90 days.
Third violation: Loss of Internet use privileges for minimum of one year. Check library policy for appeal procedure.

Richland Community Library:
Children and Youth Restrictions: a. Children 12 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when using the Internet.
Violation Penalties:
First violation: Warning and immediate loss of Internet use privileges for 24 hours.
Second Violation: Loss of Internet use privileges.