To comply with CIPA
(CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT), the Ronan City
Library has adopted this Internet Safety Policy.
The library has installed Technology Protection Measures
(filtering software) on all of its Public Internet accessible
terminals. This filtering software helps to protect against
access to visual depictions deemed "obscene," "child pornography,"
or "harmful to minors."
It is the position of the library that staff presence and
use of a filtering system should not be viewed as a substitute
for parental supervision of a minor on the Internet. Staff
ability to monitor activities of minors online will be affected
by circumstances at the service desk.
Filtering software is flawed. In some instances it may block
access to constitutionally protected material on the Internet
or fail to block access to material that is obscene or harmful.
Under the law, the librarian can unblock individual websites
for minors that have been blocked erroneously. The Librarian
can only completely disable the filter for adult patrons, 17
and over, on request.
With regards to safety, the Ronan Library District Internet
Policy prohibits the following:
- - Sending or displaying obscene or disruptive messages, files,
or images, including anything obscene, harmful to minors,
or having to do with child pornography.
- - Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal
- - Gaining unauthorized access to the library's network
or computer systems or to any other network or computer
- - Using library computers to conduct any unlawful
Any violation of this policy may result in the loss of
Internet privileges at the library. Unacceptable use that
is illegal may result in criminal prosecution as well.
REMEMBER SAFETY AND SECURITY. Do not give out your
private information to anyone. This includes social security
numbers, credit card numbers, etc. If you do happen to meet
someone online, and want to meet them in person, make sure to
arrange a face-to-face meeting with the individual in a public
place and tell others of whom you may be meeting and where.
UNACCEPTABLE PATRON COMPUTER CENTER USAGE
1. Do not violate any Local, State or Federal laws. There
are filters in place in the Public Computing Center to block
most nefarious activities such as pornography, illegal downloads
etc. Remember when you download, that certain intellectual properties,
are copyright-managed and you need permission to use these.
2. Do not use the Patron Computer Center to conduct any illegal
business transactions, or use the Patron Computing Center for
hacking activities, such as security breaches, creating worms,
viruses, phishing (by obtaining personal information through
deceptive practices), downloading illegal programs and changing
any of the settings in the Patron Computing Center.
By logging on to a computer in the Patron Computing Center
, Patrons AGREE to the following.
1. Computer usage is on a first come, first serve basis.
Patrons agree to limit usage to 30 minute intervals, up to a
maximum usage of 2 hours per day.
2. Patrons are required to be cooperative and be considerate
of others. Patrons are forbidden to harass, libel or slander
others, and not to monopolize equipment.
3. All computers do print, for a fee of $0.10 per page. Please
do a print preview of the document in which you are wishing
to print. All pages must be paid for; even if you print pages
you did not want to print.
4. Patrons may save user data to their personal media, but
are strongly discouraged from saving their data to the hard
drives on the computers. Any data that is saved to the hard
drives will be deleted on a regular basis.
5. Any violations of the Patron Computer Center and this
Internet Policy will result in restrictive access. Violators
will have their privileges reduced for a specific amount of
time determined by the Library Director.
6. To comply with all rules and regulations in this Public
Computing Center and Internet Safety Policy.