Every attempt will be made to make use of the electronic resources available through the Avoyelles Parish Library a productive and pleasant experience. The following information is provided to guide use of these resources, including the Internet.
It is the mission of the library to provide information for the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the public. The aim of the library is to be of service in fulfilling the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of all people regardless of age, sex, education or economic level, ethnic origin, or physical condition. Any public library is a leading force in its community, bringing better conditions to the area it serves by enriching it culturally, providing the means for continual education of its citizens, answering the information needs of the people, providing a basis for economic growth of the community and its people, and furnishing a recreational outlet for all ages. Electronic resources and the Internet provide ways of increasing the resources that the library can offer. The Avoyelles Parish Library supports the ALA Library Bill of Rights and the Librarian's Code of Ethics.
FREEDOM OF ACCESS
The Avoyelles Parish Librarys policy concerning access to all materials, print and non-print, is based on the ALAs Bill of Rights and the corresponding interpretation of the Bill of Rights concerning Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks. Furthermore, it is the right of the parent or guardian to guide decisions about what a child or teen can read or view.
The workstations may be used for information or for recreation by adults or children. The library reserves the right to limit access to the workstations to that which is considered acceptable use, within the scope of its mission. The guidelines for acceptable use are listed below. Use of the workstations is considered agreement with the policies of the Avoyelles Parish.
The library will also make every effort to provide maximum access to the workstations, but reserves the right to limit use during times of heavy demand. During the school year, one or two workstations may be reserved for school research use and staff-assisted use when necessary. Research needs will take priority over casual browsing, in keeping with the librarys mission.
CHARGES AND OTHER CONCERNS
Use of the workstations is free. There will be a small fee for printing to offset the cost of consumable supplies used. Diskettes for downloading may be purchased from the library at cost. Any purchases made online are the responsibility of the user.
Due to the nature of the Internet, only that information provided through the librarys paid databases can be authenticated by the library.
The library can not make guarantees for availability of the Internet or for uninterrupted access due to matters beyond the librarys control.
Downloading from the Internet carries the risk of downloading a virus which may be transmitted to the users home PC. Information transmitted over the Internet is not secure and may be seen by others. Users are advised to be aware of these cautions and proceed accordingly. The library is not responsible for any damages to the patrons hardware, software, or data due to library use.
Children who can use a workstation without discernible risk of damage to the equipment may use it for any purpose which falls into the acceptable use categories. Recommended age is 7 and above. The library may restrict use if the possibility for damage is observed, e.g. banging the keyboard.
Library staff is available for assistance with electronic research whenever possible and for guidance in use of the available software and the Internet. The library offers online databases and will assist in their use also.
Use of the workstations is based on the librarys mission to provide educational, informational, and recreational materials in keeping with the common standards of citizens of Avoyelles Parish. Materials which are pornographic, sexually explicit, racist, sexist, homophobic, or religiously intolerant may not be viewed, created, transmitted, downloaded, printed, or distributed using the public access workstations owned by the Avoyelles Parish Library, as those are not in keeping with the mission of the library.
Cost for any damages are fully the responsibility of the user. Parents or guardians of a dependent child are responsible for any damages by that child.
Information downloaded or otherwise the property of the patron may not be copied onto any of the workstations hard drive. Diskettes for downloading may be purchased from the library at cost.
Any purchases made online are the responsibility of the user
Use of the computers is limited to those areas which are designated for patron use only. A patron who tampers with the computers may be banned from using them.
The librarys workstations are not to be used for chat rooms, discussion groups, or any other form of electronic discussion, including game playing. Creation of web pages is not allowed.
All state, federal, and local laws apply, including laws pertaining to copyright, license, pornography, harassment, etc.
The workstations may not be used for commercial purposes or any illegal activity.
Patrons are cautioned that waste of the librarys consumable resources including excessive printing, especially of heavily graphic pages, or printing without paying, may result in suspension or banning of access to the workstations.
Use of the workstations will be on a first come, first served basis, subject to a time limitation when necessary.
Adopted by the Avoyelles Parish Library Board on July 15, 1998
Policies may be amended as needed with board approval.
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