Purpose | Disclaimer | Privacy | Acceptable Use | Rules of Conduct | Use of Filters | Termination of User Access | Definitions
The Carrollton Public Library provides access to the Internet as one means of fulfilling its mission to "improve the quality of life in Carrollton by sustaining resources and services that inform, empower and inspire its citizens.” All Internet resources accessible to users in the library are provided to cardholders and guests with the understanding that it is the individual user's responsibility to demonstrate judgment, respect for others, and appropriate conduct while using public library resources and facilities. Internet computers will not be used by anyone, including minors, for illegal activity, to access illegal materials. Library employees are authorized to take prompt and appropriate actions to enforce the rules of conduct, and/or to prohibit use by individuals who fail to comply with the Internet safety policy as stated or implied herein.
The Carrollton Public Library cannot control the content of resources available on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet offers open access to information, ideas and commentary from around the world in an unregulated medium. As such, it offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, but also enables access to some material that some may find offensive, disturbing and/or illegal, inaccurate or incomplete. The availability of information does not constitute endorsement of the content by the Carrollton Public Library. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. Library patrons use it at their own risk. Use of Internet resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Access, use, or dissemination of information via the Internet in the library is the responsibility of the user. In the case of minors, it is a joint responsibility of the user and the parent or guardian. The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in place of a parent. Librarians cannot act in the place of parents by supervising children as they explore the Internet. The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests with parents or guardians.
The Carrollton Public Library seeks to protect the first amendment rights of its customers and their individual right to privacy. Absolute privacy for users at computers in the library is not guaranteed. Users are urged to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing information that may be offensive to someone else. There exists a possibility of inadvertent viewing by other patrons, either by watching the user's screen, or because a user may leave the screen unattended.
The "rules of conduct" apply to the behavior of patrons using computers. Failure to follow this policy could result in the loss of computer privileges and/or library privileges. Users are cautioned that the Internet is not a secure environment. Personal information included in all transactions, files and communications may be subject to unauthorized access by third parties. The Carrollton Public Library respects the confidentiality of those using its electronic resources and will only release library records as required by law or for the library's business operations.
Rules of Conduct
Use of Filters
The Carrollton Public Library employs a filter (Smart Computing/Smart Filter), 2 levels of filtering available as well as a no internet option. The Carrollton Public Library supports the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to direct the use of the Internet by their own children. Each parent or guardian when applying for a library card for his/her child has the choice—for his/her child—of (1) least restrictive Internet access, (2) more restrictive Internet access, or (3) no Internet access at computers within the library. These choices are imbedded within the child's library card and the card is required to access library computers. (Because the library catalog is accessed through the Internet, "no Internet" library cards will allow a user access only to Microsoft office software. Computers with "catalog only" signs are available for patrons with "no Internet" access and will allow use of the library catalog and library sponsored databases.)
The library uses Internet management software to examine and categorize web content. No filtering software is an absolute guard against objectionable content or a substitute for parental supervision. The filtering software may restrict access to sites that could be deemed objectionable, but may also limit access to sites that have legitimate research value. If you feel you must access a restricted site, report the URL to the reference staff. The library will look into the site to see if access is possible. The library cannot promise less than a 24 hour turn around time for access to a particular blocked web site.
Termination or Prohibition of User Access
When library employees observe that a user has failed to comply with the Internet Acceptable Use Policy, they are authorized to terminate that user's access session or to prohibit that user from future sessions for up to two weeks from the date of informing the user of that action. A meeting with the Library Director or designee will determine whether the customer’s access to Internet in the library will be reinstated or permanently denied. Temporary or permanent denial of Internet privileges at any Carrollton Public Library facility will be effective at all Carrollton Public Library facilities.
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