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Cardholders are those who hold a regular Jay County Public Library card as a resident or reciprocal borrower, or through use of a PLAC (Public Library Access Card). By signing a copy of the Internet application to be kept on file, cardholders may use their regular library card number plus a PIN (personal identification number) to log on without further assistance from staff. Because it violates the policy requiring users to sign the Acceptable Use Policy, cardholders may not allow others to use their card number and PIN to log on.
Guest users do not hold a Jay County Public Library card and must sign the guest log each time they wish to use the Internet computers or Wireless Internet. The Acceptable Use Policy is indicated on the log page. Staff must issue a Guest number and password. Because it violates the policy requiring users to sign the Acceptable Use Policy, cardholders may not allow guests to use their card number and PIN to log on.
JAY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNET PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY
Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for self-government. Freedom of expression encompasses the right to freedom of speech and the corollary right to receive information. Such rights extend to minors as well as adults. Libraries facilitate the exercise of these rights by providing access to information regardless of format or technology to facilitate research and education.
Internet users must sign an Acceptable Use Policy, either as a card-holder or as a guest (non-card-holder). In order to use a general access Internet terminal, users age 12 through 17 must have a permission form on file signed by their parent or legal guardian. In order to use a general access Internet terminal, children under 12 years of age may access the Internet only under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian who has signed the Policy. Anyone under the age of 18 may use a terminal that has access limited to a few child-friendly sites. Library staff will not act in loco parentis.
In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), all computer terminals in the library with access to the Internet will be filtered to meet the requirements of the act. Upon request, the filter will be disabled by the staff for use by an adult, so long as said usage does not violate other terms of this policy.
The library will not provide home page service or electronic mail (e-mail) service for patrons, although users may access e-mail through free services available on the Internet. Because of the bandwidth required by interactive uses, activities such as chat rooms, instant messaging, and interactive game playing are not permitted. Information may be downloaded onto the user’s own disk or external storage device, but patrons may not download any programs or store any files on the library’s computers, including files changing desktop or screensaver appearance. The library staff is authorized to delete any files on the hard drive or public access disks.
The following Internet access uses will not be permitted:
Any violation of the library’s Internet policies may result in the loss of the individual's right to use JCPL- provided Internet Access and/or general library privileges.
Re-activating privileges for users under 18 requires a new registration form signed by the parent or legal guardian.
The library staff is authorized to establish procedures to implement this policy.
Revised Sept. 8, 2009
Although the Internet has huge amounts of readily accessible reference materials, it also contains the following:
Children may also be able to order materials or other items for which parents will be held financially responsible.
The library's Internet terminals DO have filters designed to block material potentially harmful to minors, but no filter is perfect. There is a chance inappropriate material will be displayed.
Parents should teach children the dangers involved with e-mail, such as identifying themselves to strangers. Parents should also be aware that children can potentially order materials or other items for which parents will be held financially responsible.
Other than the restrictions imposed by filtering software, the library staff does not monitor or restrict what a child may access, as long as the activity is not contrary to the library's rules.
Policy and rules revised September 2009