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Osgood, IN 47037

Phone: (812) 689-4011

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1171 North Warpath
Milan, IN 47031

Phone: (812) 654-1963

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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

 

~Osgood Public Library ~
Milan Branch Library

Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy

 

The Library is committed to providing technology tools and information in a variety of formats to meet the needs of the community. The Internet can be a valuable tool for information and recreation; however, it is a tool that should be used wisely. Users should be aware the Internet is a vast network of computers with constantly changing content. Many sites contain valuable and timely information; however, other sites may contain material that is inaccurate, defamatory, illegal or offensive to some people. Those using the Internet must learn how to determine the validity of information found online.

Access by Minors

The Library adheres to the tenets of the Federal Childrens Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
CIPA requires filtering of all computers in the Library to protect against visual depictions of obscenity, child pornography, and materials harmful to minors. While the Osgood Public Library attempts through filtering software to prevent direct access to materials that would not be generally acceptable in a public library, it is technically impossible to prevent access to all objectionable resources. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to monitor and guide their own children in the use of the Internet.

Parents/guardians should stress safety issues to minors in the use of the Internet, electronic mail and other forms of direct electronic communications. As a safety measure, parents/guardians should instruct minors never to give out personal information on the Internet. This includes name, home address, school address, or list of daily activities.

The Library also encourages parents/guardians and minors to keep in mind the following safety guidelines:

  1. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone without parents or guardians approval.
  2. Never respond to messages that are threatening, obscene or make one uncomfortable.
  3. Remember that people online may not be who they say they are and that not everything read online is true. The Library strongly encourages parents/guardians to discuss the above safety guidelines with their children to ensure they have a positive online experience. Children under the age of 11 must have a parent or adult caregiver stay with them while using the Internet and must have a signed Internet permission form on file.  Youth under the age of 18 must have an Internet Permission Form signed by parent or legal guardian on file at the Library to use the Internet. Form must be signed in the presence of the librarian.

Unacceptable Use of Library Computers

Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • access, transmit, upload, download, or distribute material or language that is pornographic, abusive, sexually explicit, obscene, harmful to minors, or otherwise inappropriate for a public library setting; engage in any illegal activities on the Internet;
  • vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization;
  • violate copyright or otherwise use intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission;
  • engage in hacking or attempts to otherwise compromise any computer or network system;
  • Harass, cyberbully, libel or slander;
  • use electronic mail and other forms of non-chat electronic communications for purposes not appropriate in a public library setting; and
  • use chat rooms.

Patrons using the Librarys wireless network must also comply with the Librarys Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

Violations may result in loss of computer access or Library privileges. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

 

Filtering of Library Computers
All Library computers are filtered. An authorized Library staff member may disable the filtering software for adult use which enables access for bona fide research or other lawful purpose. This request must be submitted in writing and will be fulfilled within two business days. The Children’s Internet Protection Act does not allow for the disabling of the filtering software for minors under any circumstance.

Notice to Users of the Library Computers
Users of the Library computers are hereby notified that all communications may be monitored by the Library Staff. The Library reserves the right to deny access to the computers by individuals who may send or receive sexually graphic communications or engage in the transmission of any message or documents which would violate State and Federal Law. Users of the Library computers will be deemed to have waived any rights to privacy in the use of the computers. The Library shall have the discretion to determine whether any communications violate the terms of this policy.

Disclaimers
While the Osgood Public Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any warrant as to the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through library-provided Internet access. The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Librarys Internet service. The Library is not responsible for damage to users storage media or computers or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from the use of the Librarys computers or Internet service.

Files left on computer hard drives can be read by anyone. It is the users responsibility to ensure private files are not saved to library computers.

Staff will be available to answer questions, but patrons are expected to search independently. Library staff will not help patrons fill out forms or work on websites which require staff to enter personal, financial, legal, or employment information for the patron. The Library is not responsible for misdirection provided by Library staff.

 

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Osgood Public Library: May 22, 2007
Reviewed: August 28, 2007, October 27, 2009, September 28, 2010, August 23, 2011, May 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

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