(DUNKIRK INTERNET ACCESS)
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Dunkirk Public Library Mission Statement
The Dunkirk Public Library will welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and their pursuit of lifelong learning through a variety of technological means.
In keeping with this mission, the Library provides free Internet access for any legal or ethical purpose.
The Internet and its available resources contain a wide variety of material and opinion from diverse points of view. In offering Internet access, Library staff cannot control access points that library customers reach. Minor children (13 and under) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who assumes responsibility for their child’s use of the Internet through the library’s connection. Children ages 13-16 must have a parental permission signature on file in order to use the Internet unaccompanied by an adult. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to determine whether to place restrictions on his/her child in the use of the Internet.
The Dunkirk Library assumes no responsibility for damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of its World Wide Web server or from its connections to other Internet services. The Dunkirk Library will be educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyberbullying awareness, and response.
Due to the limited resources available at the Dunkirk Public Library, the user shall limit their usage to a maximum of one hour per visit, unless otherwise deemed necessary by library personnel for the user to complete research on a subject. It shall be at the library’s discretion to limit use at any time due to the high demand of the available computer station(s).
Internet privileges may be suspended or revoked by the Dunkirk Library administration at any time, without prior notice or hearing, for abusive conduct or violation of the conditions set forth in this document. Dunkirk Library will be the sole arbiter of what constitutes abusive conduct or violation of the “DINA” acceptable use policy. Users must abide by the Library’s agreement with the Internet service provider.
Using the library computer system is a privilege, not a right. We ask that patrons use only programs that are available on the public menu. Abuse of the system and/or equipment will result in denial of further computer use. Any patron owing the maximum fines amount to the library will be denied access to the Internet per the following code:
Indiana Administrative Code 590 rule 6 http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T05900/A00060.PDF? states on page 5:
(14) The library shall provide public access computers with a minimum Internet connection speed of one and five-tenths megabits per second (1.5 Mbps) per fixed service location. Computers shall be provided for the free use of all persons regardless of residency, so long as such use would not violate any laws or other legally binding prohibitions imposed upon the person, including, but not limited to, fines owed to the library or violations of library policies.
THE FOLLOWING ARE UNACCEPTABLE USES OF THE “DINA” RESOURCES AND SERVICES:
*Use for any purpose that violate applicable federal, state or local Laws.
*Interfering with or disrupting other computer users, service or equipment.
*Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized entry to other computing information, or
communications devices or resources.
*Entering contests offered via the Internet.
*Entering or participating in on line chat rooms or instant messaging.
*Malicious, threatening, harassing or obscene behavior.
(Obscene behavior includes public display of obscene materials or language on computer screen or hard copy.)
Users whose conduct violates federal, state or local laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Evidence of Illegal activity will be reported to the proper legal authorities. Dunkirk Library will cooperate with the proper authorities in the investigation of illegal activities.
Dunkirk Library makes no warranties, expressed or implied, that the functions or content of the system will meet any users specific requirements, or that it will be error-free or trouble-free, current or uninterrupted; nor shall Dunkirk Library be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including lost data, information, or income) sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operations, or inability to use the system.
Approved by the Dunkirk Public Library Board of Trustees on May 12, 1997.
Reviewed and approved by the Dunkirk Public Library Board of Trustees November 13, 2000, January 14, 2003, October 9, 2006, August 11, 2008, March 9, 2009, March 29, 2010, April 10, 2012, July 1, 2012.
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