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POLICIES

Helvetia Public Library
Mission

"Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for self-government. Freedom of expression encompasses the freedom of speech and the corollary right to receive information. These rights extend to children as well as adults. Libraries and librarians exist to facilitate these rights by providing access to, identifying, retrieving organizing, and preserving recorded expression regardless of the formats or technologies in which that expression is recorded."br> (American Library Association Statement on Electronic Information, Services and Networks)

The mission of the Helvetia Public Library is to provide quality service and access to ideas, information, experiences and materials that enrich people’s lives.


Responsibilities of the User


The Internet contains a wealth of valuable information. However, users should be aware that some of the information might be inaccurate, outdated, controversial, or offensive. Use of Internet resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Parents, not the library, are responsible for the use of these resources by their children. In offering Internet access, the Library staff cannot control access points, which often change rapidly and unpredictably.

Although the Library seeks to protect the First Amendment rights of its patrons and their individual right to privacy, Internet users must be sensitive to the fact that the public access computers are located in public areas in close proximity to the circulation desk and, therefore, images on the screen are subject to view by a wide audience. Patrons are asked to exercise good judgment in displaying material on the screen. Users should remember that others might be inadvertently exposed to the results of their search. At the end of your session, as a courtesy to the next user, please exit from all sites that are open and close the Internet connection.

Users are cautioned that the Internet is not a secure medium. Personal identification information included in all transactions, files, and communications may be subject to unauthorized access by third parties. As to minors (defined in the W V code 61-8A-1 as an unemancipated person under 18 years of age), it is dangerous to give out personal identifying information!

Acceptable uses include but are not limited to those listed below.

Patrons are encouraged to use the Internet for the following purposes:
  • Research and Educational Information.
  • Unstructured navigation ("Surfing") of the Internet to locate sites of Interest and to hone usage skills.
  • Printing form full text databases (at patron cost, see below).
  • Downloading of public domain software (with Library Administration permission, see below).
  • Receiving and sending E-mail
    For safety and security purpose, parents, guardians, and /or caregivers are responsible for monitoring minors' e-mail accounts. The Internet is an unsecured environment. Use of e-mail accounts might invite unsolicited messages of a sexual nature.
Prohibited Uses include but are not limited to those listed below.
  • All patrons including minors, and staff may not use the Library's Internet computers in the following situations:
  • Illegal, unauthorized, unethical commercial purposes or any other inappropriate matter.
    Library equipment will not be used to access material that is illegal. Illegal; is defined as that which is:
    1. Obscene as defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code
    2. Child pornography as defined in section 2256 of title 18, Unites States Code
    3. Harmful to minors (since a public place, includes adults)
  • Accessing illegal information on public computers will result in immediate loss of Internet privileges.
  • Chat rooms and instant messaging

    Helvetia Public Library does not consider chat rooms to be a safe environment. People using chat rooms can misidentify and conduct themselves in an inappropriate manner.

  • Game playing

    Playing games online slows Internet searching on other computers.

  • Video and audio streaming

    Video and audio streaming slows Internet searching on other computers.

  • Manipulation of internal hardware and /or software including uploading of any software.
  • Transmission or downloading of any material in violation of state or federal laws including the following:

    Sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics, which may be construed as obscene, and other illegal materials as, define by law.

  • Copying or downloading of any material in violation of copyright law.

    (Downloading of software and files not in the public domain is a violation of copyright law and is expressly prohibited.)

  • Hacking or accessing any site that needs authorization.

    All patrons including minors prohibit this.

  • Lawful use of electronic resources is the individual's responsibility and not that of the library.

Internet use is a privilege and should be treated as such by all users of the system. Library staff has the right to determine the appropriateness of use and can at any time require a patron to, leave the computer. Prohibited use will result in loss of Internet privileges. In accordance with the Library's general policy, appeals of such should be addresses in writing to the library director. Perpetrators of malicious damage to the system will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Limitations

AGE: Because of high costs and delicate nature of complex electronic and mechanical equipment and the unsafe environment of the Internet, children under the age of 9 will be required to have a parent or guardian present when using the workstation.

Children under the age of 14 must have their parents sign this policy before using, but may use the workstations on their own after the initial parent approval.

TIME: Use of the Internet computers is on a first-come, first serve basis. There will not be a time limit assigned, but users, as a condition of use, will agree that if anyone is waiting they will make the computer available within 20 minutes of being informed by the library staff. The 20-minute notice may be waived at the discretion of library personnel. For example, if you have been browsing the Internet for a long period of time and someone needs to do research for a paper, you may be asked to give up your computer without being given a 20-minute notice.

COST: There is no charge for the use of the workstation and access to the information therein. However, patrons shall assume printing costs at the rate of ten cents per page. Because of the possibility of virus contamination disks for downloading must be purchased form the library at a cost of fifty cents each. Patrons wishing to save a file for further work may purchase a disk form the library and leave it at the library where it will be stored in a file box. Once the disk leaves the library building, the patron cannot use the disk with library equipment again.

Patron Requests

Electronic information technology is emerging, expanding, and changing constantly. The Helvetia Public Library Board of Trustees encourages patrons to makes use of the new technology and welcomes comments and suggestions regarding policies governing use. Comments and suggestions may be made to the library director in person, over the telephone, or in writing.

Procedures for Use

All first time users will be given s copy of these policies and will be required to sign a form stating that they have read, understood, and will abide by them.

New users will be given a brief training session by the staff to ensure they understand the basics of Internet use.

All users will be required to check in at the desk for staff to verify they are an authorized user and to sign a time slip at the begging in of each session. This is simply a way to keep track of an individual's time and it will be destroyed when the patron is finished at the computer. This will be used only for time keeping purposes.

All sessions must end 15 minutes before closing.

Technology Protection Measure

As a library in the statewide library network, the West Virginias Library Commission will meet CIPA filtering requirements at the state level. When a filter is installed by the statewide library network, the Helvetia Public Library will enforce the operation of the filtering program during any use of computers to which they apply.

Filtering software does not block all, or only, that material which patrons may find offensive.


CHILD SAFETY ON THE INTERNET

Parents may want to visit the following websites for tips on how to reduce the risks of exposure to inappropriate or disturbing information and images for their children:

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Child safety on the information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway, Brochures found in education and Resources section, provide valuable information to help parents reduce the online risks for children

GetNetWise Site Provides a guide to online safety, a glossary of Internet terms, a directory of online safety tools, and directions for reporting online trouble and recommended sites for children created by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations.

HELVETIA PUBLIC LIBRARY HOLIDAYS - 2016

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 18
Presidents Day Monday, February 15
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
West Virginia Day Monday, June 20
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Columbus Day Monday, October 10
Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24