Internet Policy

Internet Policy

(Updated 4/3/2013)

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that residents of the Glenside Public Library District have access to the INTERNET via T1 connection.

Internet access is intended for purposes permitted by law. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to: harassment of other users; libeling or slandering other users; viewing material that is obscene or can be categorized as illegal; destruction of or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other users; disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications; or unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material. All users accessing the INTERNET through District facilities are expected to conform their uses to the requirements of the law and to obey all applicable District policies.

The Glenside Public Library DISTRICT has no control of the INTERNET and its resources and assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, or currency of any INTERNET resource or the availability on the INTERNET of material of a controversial nature.

Internet Use Guidelines of the Glenside Public Library District

 

Purpose:

To fulfill our mission, Glenside Public Library District provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the Internet. We make this service available as part of our mission to offer a broadly defined program of informational, educational, recreational and cultural enrichment opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds.

The Library only monitors its own home page and supporting web pages. Glenside Public Library District does not monitor and has no control over other information accessed through the Internet. The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national, and international sources of information. However, not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. A good information consumer evaluates the validity of information found. Restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian; the Library does not have the right or responsibility to act in loco parentis.

 

Supervising Children's Use:

It is the Library's policy that parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their children. There will be some resources which parents feel are inappropriate for their children. Parents should let their children know if there are materials which they do not want them to use. Internet use by those under age 18 is the responsibility of their parents or legal guardians.  Children, under age 18, must have their library card.

 

Rules Governing Use:

  • Please limit time to 30 minutes when others are waiting.
  • Printing fees: 5 cents per page for black and white copies and 15 cents a page for color.
  • Library staff only provides limited assistance for basic start up procedures. If users have little experience with computers or have specific questions about the Internet, circulating books and reference books are available.
  • Users may download to preformatted disks. Users are encouraged to bring their own disks. Disks may be purchased from the Library. The Library is not responsible for loss or damage to personal disks when downloading. The Library is not responsible for loss or damage due to data from downloaded data which might contain a virus.
  • The Library does not offer electronic mail accounts. Users may download their e-mail if they know the Internet address of their private accounts.
  • Internet computers are to be used for Internet access or access to CD-ROM reference sources only. Users may not load other software.
  • Internet access must be for legal, acceptable uses only; unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to harassment of others; libeling or slandering others; disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications; unauthorized copying of copyright-protected materials; destruction or damage to equipment, software or data. material that is obscene or can be categorized as illegal viewing.

 

Laptops

As part of the internet access given to patrons, the library provides laptops for use in the building. These laptops offer patrons a more private alternative to the public internet desktops. Laptop use is ideal for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Listening and viewing music, movies, and TV shows.
  • Banking.
  • Filing of personal forms.
  • Viewing other sensitive materials.

 

Cautions

For your own protection, do not give personal information over the Internet, such as last name, address, telephone, social security number, or credit card number.

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.

If a user fails to comply with Glenside Public Library District Internet Use Guidelines and all applicable District Policies, the user will lose eligibility for future use of the Library's Internet computers.

If you have read, understand and accept the Internet Use Purpose and Guidelines, you may access the Internet by clicking the appropriate answer.