Technology

COMPUTERS:
• Patrons must have a valid library card.
• Patrons must read and abide by the Internet rules.
• Patrons are required to check in at the desk before using the computer.

INTERNET:

Due to time and personnel constraints, library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning the Internet. We will be glad to assist you and offer searching suggestions. Due to the constantly changing and expanding nature of technology, the staff will not be familiar with every aspect of the Internet.
• Users must have a valid library card.
• Users may not use the Internet for any illegal activity.
• E-mail is allowed but users may not engage in chat rooms or other forms of direct communication on library computers.

This policy is aimed at protecting the safety and security of minors in particular. Such use includes, but is not limited to: giving others private information about one’s self or others or arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has met on the Internet without a parent or legal guardian’s permission.
• If others are waiting, computer time is limited to 15 minutes after notice is given by a staff member.(To begin at the time another requests to use the computer).
• Downloading of images or files from the Internet to the computer’s hard drive is strictly prohibited. Patrons may purchase a floppy disk at the circulation desk for downloading word processing projects. Unknown files will be purged from the system periodically.
• Printing is available at $0.25 per page.
• Engaging in any of the following activities is a violation of this policy: libeling or slandering of others; uploading a worm, virus, or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in hacking activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.
• The library reserves the right to request users to discontinue use of the Internet if these guidelines are not being followed. Repeat offenders may be restricted from future access to the Internet.
• Parents or guardians are responsible for monitoring their minor children’s use of the library’s Internet workstations. Children under 18 must have a parent accompany them in their Internet research. However, children 12 through 17 can view the Internet alone if a parent or guardian has signed a permission slip for them. This is kept on file at the library.

Virus Warning

Although the library uses a software program that checks for viruses, there is no guarantee that the program will be 100% successful in reducing the risk of downloading a virus. The library is not responsible for any damages that may arise from saving or downloading files to a diskette.