Policies

SEWAREN FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNET ACCESS POLICY
The Sewaren Free Public Library endorses the American Library Association Bill of Rights. All library users are provided equal access to the resources available on the Internet.

The Internet is a world-wide entity with a diverse user population. The Library does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy, authenticity or timeliness of information accessed via the Internet. It is left to each user to determine what information is appropriate. Parents of guardians of minors using the Internet are responsible for providing guidance to the children under their care.

Users have the right of confidentiality in all their activities with resources and services provided by the Library. The Library supports the user’s right to privacy; however, users are advised that because security is technically difficult to achieve, electronic communications and files could become public.


DISCLAIMER STATEMENTS
The Library has no control over any of the resources referenced by this document. Some or all of these resources may be unavailable at any time.

Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children.

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet. The Library makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied with respect to the quality or content of the information available on the Internet. Not all the information available via the Internet is accurate, current or complete. The provision of access does not mean or imply that the Library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary, which may be found on the Internet. Because the Internet is a vast and unregulated information network, it may enable access to ideas, information, images and commentary beyond the confines of the Library's collection, mission, selections criteria and collection development policies.

Patrons are advised to have virus-checking software on their own computers. Downloading of software from the Internet is not allowed.


USER RESPONSIBILITIES AND RULES FOR USE
All users of the Internet are expected to use this library resource in a responsible and courteous manner, consistent with the purposes for which it is provided, and to follow all Internet-related rules, regulations and procedures established for its use including, but not limited to, those of the Library.

Internet users will:
* Recognize that the Internet, like all of the Library’s information sources, must be shared and used in a manner which respects the rights of others and refrain from activity that prevents others from using it.

* Use the Library’s Internet resources for education, informational and recreational purposes only.

* Respect intellectual property rights by making only authorized copies of copyrighted, licensed or otherwise-controlled software or data residing on the Internet.

* Respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; and by not seeking disallowed access to any computer system via the Internet.

* Allow the Library staff to supervise Internet access for length of use. Most sessions will last between 15 and 30 minutes dependent upon waiting list. However, the Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.

Internet users are prohibited from:
* Using Library Internet workstations in a way that is inappropriate for an open public area shared by people of all ages and backgrounds, or that interferes with customers, employees, or operations at the Library.

* Using the Library’s Internet resources to conduct a business or commercial enterprise, or engage in commercial activity such as the distribution of advertising.

* Using the Internet illegally.

* Damaging or altering the setup of the equipment used to access the Internet at the Library.

* Altering or damaging software or data residing on the Internet.

* Deliberately propagating computer worms or viruses.

* Transmitting threatening, harassing or abusive language and images.


COMPLIANCE WITH LIBRARY POLICY AND GUIDELINES
In addition to the policy, general guidelines for the use of all public-access computers govern the use of the Internet in the Library. Violation of the policies and regulations that govern the use of the Library’s Internet resources may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources. Illegal activity involving the Library’s Internet resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.


CHILD SAFETY ON THE INTERNET
Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet in relation to family values and boundaries with their children and to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

To assist parents, the Library has available the pamphlet “Child Safety on the Information Highway” published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The pamphlet includes “Guidelines for Parents” and “My Rules for Online Safety”. Parents are encouraged to review this information with their children.


STAFF ASSISTANCE
The Library cannot guarantee that staff will be available to assist users at all times the Library is open. Regrettably, staff is not able to offer extensive explanations about the Internet or personal computer use or provide in-depth training. Time permitting, staff will try to answer specific questions about the Internet and offer suggestions for effective searching. Staff can also provide information about Internet training opportunities and Internet books and manuals.