Computers/Internet

The Library shall provide access to electronic information systems (including computers, computer networks and electronic information sources) to staff members and customers as is sufficient in the fulfillment of its mission.  Use of these systems shall be consistent with the Library’s mission, goals, policies and procedures, and with applicable local, state, federal and international laws.  The Library also expects that users of these systems shall not interfere with systems operation, integrity or security, or otherwise inhibit normal Library activities.  The Library is responsible for systems operations and integrity, and may develop appropriate procedures to ensure systems efficiency, reliability, and security, and legal and ethical system use.

The Library’s electronic information systems must be used in compliance with the Library’s Acceptable Use Policy, as set forth herein.  Additionally, the Library’s electronic information systems must be used in compliance with the Library’s Guidelines for Using Library Computers and Internet Safety Policy, which are incorporated by reference and are attached hereto.

108.01     MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
[Created April 16, 2003, Last Reviewed January 21, 2004]

The Computer Systems Manager and the Director are responsible for all aspects of electronic information systems development, management, and maintenance.  As part of this responsibility, they are empowered to authorize access to system elements (including computers and peripheral devices, network components, programs, program elements, files, or data), to implement reasonable and appropriate means to ensure systems reliability, integrity and security, and to enforce related policies and procedures.  Attempts to violate or circumvent these policies and procedures will result in disciplinary action, which may include temporary or permanent loss of system access or civil or criminal legal action.

108.02     STATEMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY
[Created April 16, 2003, Last Reviewed January 21, 2004]

Transaction logs, electronic mail and other information, which could be used to identify users with specific materials or subject matter, are considered by the Library to be confidential, and will not be divulged to anyone other than the user or parents of minor children.  All users are advised that such records shall not be made available to any agency of the federal, state or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state or local law relating to criminal, civil, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.  The Library resists the issuance or enforcement of any process, order or subpoena until a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.

108.03     SYSTEMS SECURITY
[Created April 16, 2003, Last Reviewed January 21, 2004]

  1. Users may not attempt to add, modify, or remove any system element without explicit authority to do so, or with the express permission of the Computer Systems Manager.
  2. Users may not attempt to assist unauthorized access to privileged or confidential system elements.
  3. User passwords, or any other information related to systems security may not be divulged, shared, or otherwise compromised.
  4. Additions or modifications to user access or privilege may not be made without the Computer Systems Manager’s authorization (and, for Library staff, supervisory consent).
  5. Use of Library systems to evade security measures on any systems is prohibited.

108.04     SYSTEMS RELIABILITY
[Created April 16, 2003, Last Reviewed January 21, 2004]

  1. Users may not impede systems use through the monopolization or unreasonable consumption of system resources, or by any attempt to delay or halt system operations.
  2. The Computer Systems Manager or his/her explicitly authorized agent must perform system maintenance, including software installations or upgrades.  No unauthorized software may be downloaded, installed or executed on Library systems.
  3. Staff members may not acquire system access, or authorization for the use of any privileged system element, without appropriate training from the Computer Systems Manager or his/her explicitly authorized agent.

108.05     LEGAL AND ETHICAL USE
[Created April 16, 2003, Last Reviewed January 21, 2004]

  1. Users may not attempt to access security–related or otherwise confidential information without the explicit authority to do so.
  2. Users may not employ Library systems to falsely identify themselves, falsely represent themselves, the Library or any of its policies, services or practices, or to otherwise commit fraud.
  3. Users may not employ Library systems for the purpose of libel, slander, or any form of harassment.
  4. Staff members may not systematically employ system resources for the purpose of personal commercial gain.
  5. Electronic communications and publications originating from the Library systems are considered representative of the Library.  Staff members are to adhere to Library guidelines for public communications, as determined by the appropriate Library personnel.

108.06     ELECTRONIC MATERIALS
[Created April 16, 2003, Last Reviewed January 21, 2004]

  1. U. S. copyright law (Title 17, U. S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use.”  Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.  Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.
  2. Electronic materials (including electronic mail) produced by Library employees on Library systems are considered works-for-hire and are the Library’s intellectual property.  However, the Library may not be held responsible or liable for the use of its systems for unsanctioned communications or publications, or any consequences thereof.
  3. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.
  4. The Computer Systems Manager shall hold and manage all passwords which shall be changed periodically.  No password protection shall be placed on any computer owned by the Library without the knowledge and/or permission of the Computer Systems Manager.

Internet Safety Policy
[Created April 16, 2003, Last Reviewed August 18, 2004]

Use by Minors

Minors (under age 18) must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian on file at Paris-Bourbon County Public Library before they will be issued a library card. Possession of a library card guarantees access to the library’s Internet terminals, unless such access has expressly been terminated. Signature indicates that the parent or legal guardian understands Paris-Bourbon County Public Library’s Acceptable Use and Internet Safety policies and agrees to the provisions therein. Because it is not always obvious which library customers are minors, staff members will ask to see the Library card of anyone who requests Internet access and appears to be under 25 years old.

Internet Safety

As a means of promoting effective use of the Internet-based resources at Paris-Bourbon County Public Library, the staff makes a concerted effort to provide ready access to information about safe use of the Internet. In compliance with the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (NCIPA), the Library gives special attention to informing minor children and their parents about safe Internet practices designed to promote the confidentiality, privacy, and personal safety of minor children and to prevent, when reasonably possible, the exposure of minor children to materials harmful to minors and to materials the Library Board deems inappropriate for minors to access on the Internet, i.e. nudity of a sexual nature and sexual acts/text. In addition to safe Internet practices, the policy addresses illegal practices, such as hacking. For the protection of children and the fair and equitable use and distribution of bandwidth, activities such as online gaming and chat are not allowed at the library.

A. Each family has the right and responsibility to decide what materials minor children will read, listen to, view, or create using the Public Internet Research Workstations at Paris-Bourbon County Public Library except as prohibited by law and library policy. Parents who feel more comfortable directly supervising these activities of their children should accompany them to the library and remain close by throughout the family’s visit. Library staff members provide general guidance for adults, teens, and children in selection and use of age-appropriate materials. However, their advice is not tailored to the opinions or perspectives of each individual or family that uses the library.

Parents of young children may wish to review the suggested sources that the staff makes readily available at Public Internet Research Workstations (http://www.safekids.com) for more information about the selection of Internet resources that are suitable for children. Parents and teens may wish to review and discuss the suggestions about Internet use available at Internet sites recommended by the staff for that purpose (http://www.safekids.com).

B. Parents should talk with their minor children to determine whether or not it is appropriate for them to use direct electronic communications such as Internet e-mail at the Library. If so, parents need to instruct young children and teens not to share information that strangers could use to identify them, their family, their friends, their house, or their school. Parents also need to instruct children not to respond to messages that make them feel uncomfortable, including those that are bullying, suggestive, obscene, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate. Parents and children should immediately report such messages received while at the Library to a staff member.

C. The Paris-Bourbon County Public Library’s Internet Policy prohibits illegal use of the Internet by children, teens, and adults. Whenever anyone signs on to use the Internet at  Paris-Bourbon County Public Library they are first asked to indicate that they have read and understood the “Acceptable Use Policy.” People who do not abide by that policy will be asked to end their use of the Internet and to leave the library. Repeat violations may result in loss of Internet use privileges. Illegal uses may be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Illegal uses of the Internet include, but are not limited to, hacking, identity theft, false representation for fraudulent or illegal purposes, harassing or threatening behavior, violation of copyright laws, viewing or printing obscene materials, and viewing or printing child pornography.

D. Everyone who uses Internet resources whether at home, at school, or at the library should be very careful about providing their personal identification information to unknown parties. This admonition is of particular importance for young children and teens who unfortunately may be targeted as potential victims of crime.

Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) certain commercial websites that collect personal identification information from their users cannot do so for children under age 13 without parental consent. Young children need to abide by that restriction whenever it is stated at a website.

Parents and children, including teens, should carefully review the information about protecting personal identification information at websites recommended by staff members available at the Public Internet Research Workstations:

“Tips for Families” (http://www.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/tips/families.php) and “Tips for Kids” (http://www.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/tips/kids.php) and “Tips by Teens for Teens” (http://www.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/tips/teens.php) .

E. As the Library adheres to the belief that access to information is constitutionally protected, no Internet filtering software is used at this time. The Library relies on compliance with its “Acceptable Use Policy” and supervision by parental authority in order to reduce the likelihood of the display of materials harmful to minors or of materials the Library Board deems inappropriate for minors to access on the Internet, e.g. nudity of a sexual nature and sexual acts/text.

The “Acceptable Use Policy” prohibits display of images inappropriate for viewing in a public space on library Public Internet Research Workstations. This includes illegal uses, such as display of obscene materials or child pornography, as well as display of pornographic materials, materials harmful to minors, and materials the Library Board deems inappropriate for minors to access on the Internet. Violations of this policy may result in revocation of Internet use privileges.

Further Reading:

Youth, Pornography, and the Internet, a report of a comprehensive study on children’s use of the Internet published by the National Research Council is available for review or check out from Paris-Bourbon County Public Library. It may also be available for reading online at the National Academy Press website (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10261.html?onpi_newsdoc05022002).

 

PARIS-BOURBON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
701 High Street
Paris, Kentucky 40361
Phone: 859-987-4419
Fax: 859-987-2421