Internet Use and Safety Policy
EVPL Board of Trustees 12/12/13
The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library provides its patrons with access to the wealth of Internet information resources without charge. Access to the Internet may be limited by Internet traffic, and/or the Library Internet provider. As with other information sources, Internet sources may not prove to be accurate, appropriate, or current. Internet users need to be good information consumers, evaluating the information found.
Because the Library has no control over Internet sources, the Library is not responsible for its content or the information retrieved. The Library makes no warranties, expressed or implied, that the functions or content of the Internet will meet any user's specific requirements, or that access will be trouble-free or uninterrupted. Nor shall the Library be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including lost data, information, or income, sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operation, or inability to use the Internet. Internet users are subject to applicable local, state, and federal statutes. Any unlawful or malicious activity or any activity that causes harm to another person, the Library, or the Internet will result in loss of Internet use for the offending person.
Restriction of a minor's access to the Internet remains the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Where available, access to the Internet is content-filtered.
Use of a scheduled computer requires an EVPL card, either a regular library card or a computer guest card. Use of any EVPL card issued to another individual constitutes fraud, and may result in loss of library privileges for up to 6 months.
Where headphones are required, they must be supplied by user.
The Library reserves the right to limit the number of persons using a terminal at the same time. Library users at terminals in public areas may be asked to remove images or text from a screen if they offend a complaining user or are in violation of local, state, or federal statutes.
The Library does not provide electronic mail (email) accounts.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) grants the owner of copyright exclusive rights to authorize the reproduction and/or duplication of copyrighted materials (i.e. books, software, or works in electronic or digital format), or the preparation of derivative works based upon the copyrighted work. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when copying, publishing or otherwise distributing materials from the library's collections. Use of
Library computers for the transmission, dissemination, and/or duplication of library materials or other copyrighted works is also regulated by the copyright laws. All users of library computers are expected to comply with the copyright laws, and any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.
The Library recognizes that Internet safety is the responsibility of its users and educates users about Internet safety through its policies, publications, and individual instruction.
In addition, the Library strives to prevent access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet by filtering, preventing access to chat and instant messaging, preventing access to Library computer hard drives, and by its privacy policies.
Filtering: The Library uses a commercial filter. Users who attempt to access a filtered site are advised by a screen message that the site is restricted. Should a legitimate site be filtered, it can be unfiltered by Library staff.
Direct electronic communications: The Library prevents access to chat rooms and to instant messaging.
Computer hard drive lockdown: The Library uses an operational system to lock down public computers in order to prevent access to computer hard drives. This reduces the possibility of user hacking or other unlawful activities.
The Library adheres to the public records provisions of the Indiana Code (IC 5-14-3) and maintains that the following Library records are exempted from disclosure requirements:
- Employee information, including personnel files;
- Computer programs, computer codes and data, and any other software owned by the Library or purchased or leased by the Library; and
- Library or archival records that can be used to identify library users or library use.