Internet Policy

1. Libraries and librarians have a responsibility to provide material and information presenting all points of view. Libraries must support access to materials to meet the users’ informational needs.

2. The Black River Falls Public Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens for the library’s service area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource. Access to the Internet is available to all patrons; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines.

3. Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, they do not do so for electronic information. Selection policies which serve to govern a library’s purchase of written materials may not apply to material accessed electronically. It is the responsibility of the user to determine what is appropriate.

4. The Internet is a decentralized, un-moderated global network; the Black River Falls Public Library has no control over the content found here. The library will not censor access to m material nor protect users from offensive information, and it is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet.

5. The Library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free. The library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user’s personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the library’s internet service.

6. The use of the Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.

7. To use the INTERNET you must be registered with the librarian.
A. Internet access is an important information tool and is available to all library patrons. However, use of computers and the Internet may be revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct.
B. Library patrons under the age of 16 must have a signed consent form by a parent/guardian indicating whether the child may use the computer. The parent/guardian must have a library card on file as well. Parents of minor children must ultimately assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the library’s connection.
C. The Black River Falls Public Library is not responsible for the content, quality, or accuracy of the information obtained from the Internet.
D. Research and reference are the main purpose of the library’s Internet access.
E. Use of the Internet workstation is limited to one hour per day per library patron. It is on a first come, first served basis. One person may work at the terminal at a time.
F. Librarians may provide minimal assistance as their time permits.
G. Users may not attempt to modify, alter, or damage software and equipment. Users may not use their own software programs on the Internet workstation and software downloaded from the Internet is prohibited.
H. Materials printed from the Internet will cost .15 a page.
I. Users will not send, receive, or display text/graphics which may reasonable be construed as obscene. Users may not send/receive e-mail on the libraries account.

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