Internet use policies
Use of the Internet computers is your agreement with the terms and conditions of this policy.
- In accordance with Rodman Public Library's General Objectives and Principles, the Library endeavors to develop collections, resources and services that meet the informational, educational and technological needs of the Alliance community. The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Internet access is available on selected public terminals for all users of the Rodman Public Library.
- The Library offers pointers or links to a wide range of useful and interesting sites through its home page. Some internet sites may contain controversial or offensive material. The Library has no control over the information available on the Internet and, therefore, cannot be held responsible for its content, accuracy or currency. Patrons agree to hold Rodman Public Library harmless and indemnify it against any and all claims or liabilities, directly or indirectly, relating to their use of the Internet computer.
- Users are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet and to exercise good judgment and discretion in their use of it. The Library firmly believes that the valuable information available on the Internet far outweighs the possibility that users may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of the Library. However, the Library staff reserves the right to prohibit material that in their judgment is inappropriate for viewing in a public area.
- As with other Library materials, parents are responsible for their children's use of the Internet through the Library's connection. Parents are encouraged to supervise their children's Internet sessions. Parents of children who have not reached age 15 must acknowledge, in writing, their reading and understanding of the pamphlet "Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet" and authorize their child's use of the Internet computers. Children who are not yet in third grade must have a responsible adult sit with them when using an Internet computer.
- Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancelation of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Violation of computer system integrity;
- Unauthorized tampering with computer hardware or software;
- Storage of data to anything other than a personal storage device;
- Violation of software license agreements or copyright laws;
- Violation of another user's privacy;
- Use of Internet computers for purposes other than Internet access.
Illegal acts involving Library computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
- The Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot offer personal instruction. Computer classes are offered free of charge throughout the year. Reference staff are always available to help patrons locate books, periodicals and videos/DVDs about the Internet. Patrons must present a valid RPL card, or if not on hand, a photo I.D. Patrons must not have fines of $5.00 or more, or any block on their RPL card. Patrons must be 15 to use the public computers in the adult area. Printing is available at a nominal cost per page.
- The Library does not directly provide electronic mail and prohibits access to news, discussion groups, instant messaging and chat rooms. Entertainment web sites will be permitted as long as they do not interfere with network services. Patrons causing network slowdowns will be asked to move on to another web site. Repeat offensives will cause revocation of Internet privileges.
- Patrons may save files to their own removable storage media. The use of virus protection software is required. Patrons should notify the Library of any viruses they find. The Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's personal storage device or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from the patron's use of the Library's computers. The Library is also not responsible for the unavailability of resources on the Internet computers due to technical difficulties.
- A patron's use of the Internet computers is limited to sixty (60) minutes per person per day. Patrons needing the computer for longer than 60 minutes for research, filling out forms, writing papers, etc., but not game playing, may make arrangements with the reference staff for additional time. Due to space limitations, no more than two (2) patrons may use an Internet computer at one time.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, 12/96
Revised by the Board of Trustees, 5/98; 7/03; 1/07; 2/10
Rodman Public Library
215 E. Broadway Street Alliance, OH 44601