Internet Policy

I. Purpose A. The Jackson District Library provides Internet access to all residents of Jackson County and the general public through computers available at all our Library locations. Internet resources are to be used for educational, informational and recreational purposes. B. The selection policies, which govern a Library’s purchased materials, do not apply to information found freely on the Internet. Not all resources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users need to be good information consumers questioning and assessing the validity of information found. The provision of access does not mean or imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary that maybe found on the Internet. II. Nature of the Public Library Setting A. Respect Others. Because Library Users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities are using the computers, Library Users are asked to be sensitive to others’ values and beliefs when accessing potentially controversial information and images. B. Use with Caution of Risks. Users are cautioned that, because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, all transactions, files and communications are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use. III. User Responsibilities All Users of the Library’s Internet connection and workstations are expected to use this resource in a responsible and courteous manner, and to follow all rules and procedures as established in this policy. A. Intellectual Property. Users are expected to adhere to all laws and regulations regarding intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright, licensed software and protected data. Responsibility for any consequence of copyright infringement or violations of any other intellectual property law lies with the user. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such unlawful use. B. System Modifications. Users are not permitted to change the security setup, operating systems, network configuration or any other configuration of any Jackson District Library computer without authorization. Users shall refrain from use of personal software, except for Library sponsored programs. The Library’s computers may be used for downloading and uploading of files lawfully obtained. C. Lawful Use. Internet resources are not to be used for illegal, unethical or unauthorized purposes defined by local, state and federal law. D. Use Must Not be Harmful to Minors. Michigan law prohibits Users from allowing minors access to sexually explicit materials harmful to minors. Internet Users shall not permit any minor to view sexually explicit material or any other material deemed harmful to minors. E. Privacy. Users must respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to others; and by not seeking disallowed access to any computer system via the Internet. F. Time Limit. The Library has a limited number of computer terminals. As a result, Internet Users shall understand that they do not have unlimited access to the Library’s computers. Users shall relinquish the computer terminal immediately upon the expiration of the User’s time limit. G. Reimbursement. The User is responsible for reimbursement for all printing charges. IV. Users Under l8 Years of Age, Public Act 212 of 2000 A. Responsibility of Parents and Legal Guardians. As with other materials in the Library’s collection it is the Library’s policy that parents or legal guardians are responsible for deciding which Library resources are appropriate for their children. The Library urges parents and guardians to discuss Internet use with their children and to monitor their use of this educational tool. B. Access for Users Under 18 years of Age. 1. Unfiltered terminals. A parent or guardian must accompany and be sitting at the computer terminal with Users under 18 years of age wishing to have access to unfiltered Internet workstations. 2. Filtered Terminals. Users under 18 years of age without parent or guardian accompaniment may only access the Library’s filtered workstations. A filtered terminal means the computer has a program installed that is designed to restrict minors from receiving obscene material or sexually explicit material that is harmful to minors. V. Staff Assistance Library staff members are available to assist in the use of the Internet resources, but because of the many different applications available on the Internet, the Library staff may not be able to provide technical support. In addition, the Library cannot guarantee that Internet-trained staff will be available to assist users at all times the Library is open. VI. Wireless Access Jackson District Library has begun to provide wireless access to the Internet and library resources. Wireless Internet will only be available in the “Filtered” mode. VII. Agreement Internet users must agree to follow the “Internet Access Policy” prior to using a computer workstation. VIII. Violations The Library Director or the Director’s designee may restrict access to Internet access or Library facilities by suspending the User’s access to Library facilities for a set period of time or by denying access to specific services and/or programs pursuant to this Policy. If necessary, local enforcement may be called to intervene. A. Incident Reports. Library Staff shall record in writing in the form of an Incident Report any violation of this Policy that resulted in a suspension of Library privileges. By the end of the day on which the incident occurred, an Incident Report shall be written and forwarded to the Library Director or the Director’s designee for logging and review. The report should include physical descriptions in addition to the name of the User. A copy of the suspension of privileges letter should be attached, if applicable. B. Violations of the Policy - Suspension of Privileges. The Library shall handle violations as follows: 1. Initial Violation: Library users observed violating this Policy will be asked to cease the violation with a verbal warning. If the User does not comply with the request, the User will be asked to leave the building for the day. If the User refuses, law enforcement may be called. If the conduct constitutes a violation of local, state, or federal law, the User shall immediately lose privileges without a verbal warning, law enforcement shall be called and arrest may ensue. 2. Subsequent Violations: The Director or the Director’s authorized designee may further limit or revoke the User’s Library privileges in escalating responses if the infraction continues. Such limitation or revocation shall be in writing specifying the nature of the violation. Any future violation shall result in a suspension of Library privileges. Subsequent violations will result in additional suspensions of increasing length. C. Reinstatement: The User whose privileges have been limited or revoked shall attend a meeting with the Director or the Director’s designee to review the Policy before their privileges may be reinstated. D. Damages. If the User violates the policy by causing damage to Library property, the User shall be assessed the actual costs. E. Right of Appeal. Users may appeal a decision in writing to the Library Director within 10 working days of the date of the letter stating why Library privileges should be restored. The Library Director or a designee will respond to the appeal in writing within 10 working days of the date the appeal was received. Any person may appeal the Library Director’s decision by sending an appeal in writing to the President of the Board of Trustees within 10 business days. The decision of the Library Board President is final.