Public Policy Manual: Appendix A

Technology Access Priorities Statement

The Greene County Public Library is committed to providing its patrons with technology necessary to completely fulfill all patron expectations with respect to the primary mission and functions of the Greene County Public Library. In this regard our strongest priority is to support and maintain the library webpage, the online catalog, and access to all other electronic reference databases and software available on its computers.

In fulfilling our primary mission, the Greene County Public Library also maintains and makes available internet access which a patron may utilize to access other internet sites not directly related to the library’s primary mission. While the library and its staff are committed to making such access available, the library cannot guarantee patron satisfaction in accessing these other sites with the same commitment and support provided to the delivery of our primary services.

Free wireless internet access is provided to patrons and guests. Patrons are responsible for configuring their own wireless equipment.

A patron's experience with websites may vary and may be beyond the control of the Greene County Public Library and its staff.

Greene County Public Library is in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by CIPA, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults age 17 or over upon proof of age or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

Acceptable Use Policy

  1. The following uses of the internet and equipment at the library are prohibited: illegal purposes, and displaying graphics which may be reasonably construed as obscene.
  2. Users of the public computers and equipment are responsible for their own choices. Parents and guardians are responsible for the use of these resources by their own minor children.
  3. Users of the public computers and equipment shall not: misrepresent themselves as another person; attempt to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; seek unauthorized access to any computer system; damage or alter software components of any network or database; upload information to a library computer's hard drive or equipment without authorization by staff; or modify any library screens or
    programs.
  4. The sending of any information, including name, address, and credit card numbers, via the internet is at the sole risk of the user. The library accepts no responsibility for unauthorized access or modification of accounts or materials accessed through the library’s equipment or networks.
  5. The library reserves the right to charge for printing or use of consumables.
  6. Makerspace users may bring their own consumable materials or use library-supplied materials. Makerspace user–supplied materials are subject to the approval of staff. Library-supplied materials may be supplied at a cost to the user.
  7. Use of a public computer or equipment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  8. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. The user of the public computer or tablet is liable for any infringement.
  9. Users may bring their own storage devices and media for the purposes of uploading, downloading, or storing data. Documents saved to the computers' hard drives are erased on a regular basis. The library is not responsible for damage to a patron's storage device or computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from use of the library's equipment.
  10. The library reserves the right to end a session at any time.
  11. Library staff assistance with equipment and technology is available as staff time permits.
  12. Misuse of the library's computers and/or equipment may result in loss of library privileges.
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