HARBOR BEACH AREA DISTRICT LIBRARYRULES FOR COMPUTER/INTERNET USE
1. Parents/guardians MUST sit with children of 12 or under while they use the Internet.
2. You must sign in and present valid identification before using the Internet station. You may call ahead to reserve a time slot. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will forfeit your time slot.
3. Use of the Internet is normally limited to one 30-minute time period. If no one is waiting at the end of that time period, the patron may sign up for an additional 30-minute time period. However, if another patron is waiting, the user should be prepared to sign off within the next 15 minutes.
4. The Library does not set up individual e-mail accounts. Patrons may set up their own Internet-based e-mail accounts only and are responsible for the protection of their own privacy.
5. The library allows downloading to disk of public domain software only. Disks may be purchased through the library.
6. Users are prohibited from making unauthorized copies of copyrighted, licensed, or otherwise-controlled data residing on the Internet.
7. No use of any chat rooms will be allowed.
8. Users are prohibited from accessing sites that are deemed inappropriate within the parameters of state and federal laws regarding obscenity or child pornography.
9. If a patron’s use of a computer creates a disturbance in the library, he will be asked to log off for the day.
10. Users are prohibited from using the Internet and the library’s technology for private gain or product advertisement.
11. Users are responsible for any damages to any computers or software, as well as for any unauthorized expenses. Physical damage to any hardware or software will require the immediate replacement of the damaged materials at the patron’s expense.
12. Deletion or alteration of material from the computer will result in a charge based upon the time and pay rate of the person(s) repairing the damage.
13. Internet users must respect the privacy of others. Users will not utilize the facilities directly or indirectly in the commission of a crime. Users agree to hold harmless the library from any claims and expenses relating to that user’s violations of the rules and guidelines.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN THE CONSEQUENCES LISTED BELOW.
FIRST OFFENSE: Patron’s card will be punched and dated. Patron will be barred from any use of the library computers for two months, starting from that day.
SECOND OFFENSE:Patron’s card will be punched and dated. Patron will be barred from any use of the library computers for six months, starting from that day.
THIRD OFFENSE:The patron will lose computer/Internet privileges for a period of one year, starting from that day.Each additional offense will result in another suspension of one year.
THESE RULES WERE ADOPTED BY THE HARBOR BEACH AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES AS OF MARCH 10, 1999, UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2000 AND ON JUNE 8, 2005. THEY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE BOARD.
GENERAL GUIDELINESThe Harbor Beach Area District Library is pleased to offer access to the wealth of information available on the Internet. The Internet offers unlimited global access to information. However, not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current or legal. The Harbor Beach Area District Library is unable to monitor or control the content of the materials of the Internet which changes rapidly and unpredictably.
STAFF ASSISTANCELibrary staff monitor internet usage on the Library public access computers, but are not responsible for the information selected or accessed by any patron Parents or guardians, NOT the library staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. See Questions About Youth, Libraries and the Internet produced by the Michigan Library Association. Copies are available at the library.
It is the library’s policy that parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their children. There will be some resources which parents may feel are inappropriate for their children. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the library’s connection.