Computer/Internet Use Policy (approved 4/12/2016):
The Johnsburg Public Library uses Internet filters to protect children from pornographic or extremely obscene images as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). No filtering solution is 100% effective. The Johnsburg Public Library makes no claims that every pornographic site or image will be filtered, although the library has made a good faith effort to attempt to do this with its filters. The library’s filters may be turned off at individual stations at the request of any patron age 18 and older, as long as the request is for accessing information that is not considered illegal. The Johnsburg Public Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Information may be reliable and current or it may be inaccurate, out-of-date, controversial or even offensive to some people.
Library users access the Internet at their own discretion. Parents and legal guardians of minors are responsible for determining the limits of their children’s access to the Internet and providing guidance to them.
By using any computer of the Johnsburg Public Library patrons agree to these terms. These include:
Library staff cannot provide in-depth training. Staff will provide assistance as time and the expertise of the individual staff members permit.
In order to discourage unruly or noisy behavior, staff may limit the number of users at any single workstation at any given time.
There is a one-hour time limit on all computers, unless no one else is waiting for one. Usage is available on a first come-first served basis.
Library computers may be used only for designated and legal purposes. Illegal or prohibited acts may include but are not limited to: viewing or producing sexually explicit or pornographic materials, violation of copyright laws or software licenses agreements, using Library computers to buy or sell illegal items, creating slanderous or libelous material, harassment of other users or violation of their privacy, attempting to break into the library’s computer network, any deliberate attempt to alter software or hardware configurations, or any attempt to cause degradation of system performance or any other ‘hacking’ of library equipment.
Users are responsible for deleting any personal files saved on Library computers during their sessions. Files saved on Library computers may be accessible to other patrons using the same computer. Computer hard drives are set to delete saved information at the end of each day. The Johnsburg Public Library is not responsible for the loss of any file that may have been saved on a public station. Storage devices are available for purchase if files need to be saved.
While reasonable efforts are made by the Library to guard against malware and to protect user privacy, no guarantees can be made as to the security and privacy of any activity conducted on Library computers. Users conducting personal business on Library computers do so at their own risk.
The library accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of personal property incurred as a result of the use of library workstations. This includes but is not limited to damage to users’ storage devices or personal equipment.
Wireless Internet access is available at the library. Patrons should be aware that wireless access is less secure than wired access. The library cannot assure the safety of your personal data when you use either our wireless or wired access. The library assumes no responsibility for any problems or damage that may be inflicted on any equipment by using or attempting to connect to the wireless network.
The library charges 10 cents a page for printing in black and white from all computer workstations. Color pages are available for 50 cents per page.
Illegal/prohibited use of the library’s computers or failure to follow the terms of this policy may result in suspension of computer privileges, being required to leave the premises, having library privileges limited or suspended, and/or appropriate legal or disciplinary action. Illegal acts may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.