Computer Use Policy for Internet Access
PURPOSE AND DISCLAIMER
Emporia Public Library 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 serve people of all ages at
all levels of need.
The Internet offers access to ideas, information and
commentary from around the world that can be personally,
professionally and culturally enriching. However, not
all sources on the Internet are accurate, complete or
up-to-date. We do not monitor, have no control over,
and do not accept responsibility for material found
in sources on the Internet. We do not use filtering
software since it blocks valid references as well as
problem sites. We encourage users of all ages to use
the Internet in positive and educational ways.
Emporia Public Library tries to balance the rights
of users to access different information resources with
the rights of users to work in a public environment
free from harassing sounds and visuals.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF USERS
Users should be aware that they are working in a public
environment shared by people of all ages and sensibilities.
Users should refrain from the use of Internet sounds
and visuals which might disrupt the ability of other
library patrons to use the library and its resources.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources
· Users should evaluate Internet sources just
as they do print materials, questioning the accuracy
and completeness of the information.
· Users must use the Internet at their own risk,
realizing that they may encounter material they find
Supervising Children's Use
· Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility
for deciding what library materials are appropriate
for their children. Restriction of a child's access
to the Internet is the parents' or guardian's responsibility.
Parents or guardians are responsible for supervising
their children's Internet sessions.
· Parents or guardians are responsible for letting
their children know if there are materials they don't
want the children to use.
|Legal and Acceptable Uses
People may only use the Library's computers for legal
Examples of illegal and unacceptable uses include,
but are not limited to the following:
·Harassment of other users or violation of their
·Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending
·Violation of copyright laws or software licensing
·Obstruction of other people's work by overuse
of system resources;
·Attempting to crash, degrade performance of
or gain unauthorized access to the Library's or other
computer systems and networks;
·Damaging equipment, software or data belonging
to the Library or other users;
·Viewing or printing sexually explicit images
inappropriate for use in a public setting as defined
by the City of ·Emporia's definition of sexually
explicit material in Ordinance 86-13;
·Accessing, creating or displaying information
that is obscene as defined by Kansas law. (KSA 21 4301)
(KSA 21 4301C).
Violation may result in loss of Internet or Library
privileges. Illegal uses of computers may also be subject
to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
U.S. copyright law ((Title17, U.S. Code) prohibits the
unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted
materials, except as permitted by the principles of
fair use. Users may not copy or distribute electronic
materials (including electronic mail, text, images,
programs or data) without the explicit permission of
the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences
of copyright infringement lies with the user; the Library
expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility
resulting from such use.
NOTE: 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. The Library also assumes
no responsibility for the safety or security of a patron's
personal equipment resulting from the connection.