Technology Policy

Technology Policy

Libraries and librarians have a responsibility to provide material and information presenting all points of view. Libraries support access to materials to meet the users’ informational needs. The Black River Falls Public Library provides access to the Internet to enhance educational and recreational opportunities for the citizens of the library’s service area. The library provides desktop/laptop computers and tablets for in-library use with an open, unsecured wireless network. Library computers are filtered of pornography.

1. Internet Use: You must have your own Winding Rivers Library System card or register with staff as a “guest” user.

A. Be kind, use headphones and silence your cell phone.
B. 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. Use of computers and the Internet may be revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct.
C. Understand that files saved on library computers are not saved between sessions.
D. 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 computer use and behavior.
E. The Black River Falls Public Library is not responsible for the content, quality, or accuracy of the information obtained from the Internet.
F. Use of the Internet workstation is limited to one hour per day per library patron, with time extensions granted based on availability. Public computer use is on a first come, first served basis. One person may work at the terminal at a time.
G. Library staff may provide minimal assistance as their time permits.
H. There is a suggested fee for printing of materials.
I. The public and staff may use library computer resources only for legal purposes. These resources should be used in accordance with the ethical standards of the library. Examples of unacceptable behavior and/or use include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Harassment;
• Libel or slander;
• Sending or posting content considered threatening, harassing, obscene or abusive;
• Destruction of, damage to, or altering equipment, software or data belonging to the library or others;
• Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications;
• Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material;
• Conducting illegal activities of any kind;
• Violation of computer system security;
• Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes or network identification numbers assigned to others;
• Violation of software license agreements;
• Violation of network usage policies and regulations;
• Violation of another person’s privacy.

A refusal to abide by legal and ethical guidelines will result in suspension of library privileges. The library assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to the patron’s data or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of the patron’s privacy.

2. Copier/Printer Use:

A. A copier/printer is available to patrons who wish to copy, print or scan materials. Suggested copy costs are posted near the copier/printer.
B. Users are advised that there are restrictions on copyrighted materials. Any violation of copyright is the responsibility of the user.
C. The library is not responsible for damage to personal items or data from use of this public machine.