Computer Usage Policies
Information on computer and internet use, internet safety, user agreement form, and the internet filtering policy.
Acceptable Computer & Internet Use Policy
The Wellington Public Library, in fulfillment of its mission, will provide resources and services to meet the informational needs of the community. We are committed to meeting the needs of the people we serve by providing information access within the means of the library and the limitations of policy and law. In response to patron demand for information access through technology, the library offers to the public free Internet access. The Wellington Public Library provides this service equally to all library users. Internet access is intended for research, educational, and recreational purposes. Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children under the age of 18. The Library Board of Trustees has given library staff authority and responsibility to insure the equitable, responsible and efficient use of the Internet resources.
Any user who knowingly violates any of the following policies will lose their computer privileges for a length of time to be determined by the library director.
The library is concerned for the safety and security of the users of online information. The library has no control over the content of the Internet and cannot be held responsible for what the user sees when using the Internet. Restriction of a minor’s access to the Internet beyond what is required by this policy is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
A user will not use a library computer to:
- Access or display information that is obscene as defined by Colorado law (18-7-101 (2), C.R.S. 18 U.S.C. sec. 2246 (2) and (3), and 18 U.S.C. sec. 2256 (8))
- Participate in e-mail, chat rooms, or instant messages that use information that is obscene as defined by Colorado law (sited above)
- Disclose, use, or disseminate personal information that could threaten or create a vulnerability for a minor, for any other person, or for the library
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access to any data, computer, or network
- Users of the library’s Internet connection may be required to have a valid Wellington Public Library card or picture identification.
- Users are encouraged to call ahead to reserve computer time. You must sign in at the start of your computer session. Each session is limited to 30 minutes but if no one is waiting, a second thirty-minute session may be requested. Those who have finished one 30-minute session may be asked to vacate the computer within 5 minutes if another patron is waiting to use a computer. No more than two persons may sit at one computer at a time.
- Users wishing to use e-mail must establish their own accounts with one of the free e-mail providers, and may use the library’s computers to access their e-mail account. The library’s computers may not be used to send threatening, obscene, abusive or harassing messages, or for illegal purposes.
- Users may not enter chat rooms or use chat/electronic mail and other forms of non-chat electronic communications for purposes inappropriate in a public library setting.
- The Internet computers cannot be used to access, transmit, upload or download, or distribute material that is pornographic, defamatory, sexually explicit, obscene, or harmful to a minor.
- Files and bookmarks may not be saved to the hard drive, but can be saved to the patron’s floppy disk or CD. Although reasonable precautions are taken, the library does not guarantee the hard drives to be virus free. The library assumes no liability for virus infections if patrons save files to their own disks or CDs.
- Reasonable care of the computers by the user is expected. Misuse of computers will result in loss of computer privileges. Report any computer malfunctions to the library staff.
- Library staff may assist the user in accessing the Internet, but cannot provide in-depth assistance and/or training. The same pertains to personal computer use including word processing.
- There is no charge for internet/computer use; however, the charge is $.10 for each printed page and must be paid at the time of printing.
- The preceding policy must be read and a policy acceptance form signed by patrons before beginning computer/Internet use. Any user under the age of 18 must also have a parent/guardian sign the policy acceptance form. Proof of age must be shown upon request. Users who violate this policy may be denied use of the library’s computers.
Library staff may make exceptions to these requirements in order to accommodate disabled users, or in other special needs situations.
COMPUTER/INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY USER AGREEMENT
I have read and understand the computer/internet policy and the filtering policy. I agree to abide by these terms at all times while using computers at Wellington Public Library. I agree that failure to comply with any of these terms will result in termination of computer privileges.
Printed name of User_________________________________________
Signature of User____________________________________________
Signature of parent or guardian_________________________________
In fulfillment of the Wellington Public Library’s mission, the library is committed to meeting the information needs of the patrons we serve by providing information access through technology. This access will be provided within the means of the library and within the limitations of policy and law.
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), as amended, is a federal law (PL #106-554) that is intended to protect children from access to harmful material without compromising reasonable adult use of Internet services in public libraries. The Colorado legislature, in the 2004 legislative session, in response to the CIPA, adopted House Bill – 1004, providing for Internet protection in public libraries. The state and federal acts provide that a public library is required to adopt and implement a policy of internet safety for minors, including the operation of a technology protection measure for each computer operated by the public library that allows for access to the Internet by a minor. In accordance with state statute, the Wellington Library Board has installed technology protection measures on all computers that are accessible to minors.
Pursuant to C.R.S. §24-90-604, a non-minor, being a person who has attained the age of 17 years, may request that the library staff disable technology protection measures. If an adult requests the technology protection measures be disabled and thereafter uses a public library computer for the purpose of viewing non-scientific or non-medical sexually explicit site, library staff shall make a decision whether the material is pornographic or objectionable within the library and may request that use of the computer be discontinued by that adult.
A minor may request that technology protections be temporarily disabled in the event that the technology protection measure wrongly blocks or filters Internet access to a specific site with informational value. The minor’s parents or guardian shall provide library staff with a properly executed Internet use agreement in a form approved by the Library Board before the staff will disable such technology protection and shall provide assurances that such disabled use of the computer is for legitimate research purposes.
Be aware that computer filters can be unreliable and at times sites with legitimate or educational value can be blocked. The unreliability of filters occasionally allows access to sites that are illegal, obscene or sexually explicit, as defined by applicable law. Further, applicable statutes contain exceptions that technology protection measures may not block scientific or medically accurate information regarding sexual assault, sexual abuse, incest, sexually transmitted disease or reproductive health.
Parents and legal guardians, and not the library staff, are responsible for monitoring their children’s use of the Internet and the information accessed by minors.