Palmer Public Library Access to Electronic Resources Guidelines Welcome to the Palmer Public Library's Electronic Resources. To maximize availability to this service and to insure fair accessibility for all, please follow these Guidelines

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Access to Electronic Resources Guidelines

Welcome to the Palmer Public Library's Electronic Resources. To maximize availability to this service and to insure fair accessibility for all, please follow these Guidelines, which include our Internet policies, rules and procedures. Enjoy exploring the Internet, but please remember that many times you will find the specific information you need right here, in our books, periodicals, online databases, and Reference collection.

Internet Access Policy

In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Palmer Public Library endeavors to develop collections, resources and services that meet the cultural, recreational and educational needs of the Palmer community. In doing so, it supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights as well as the responsibility of local trustees and community members to develop Internet use policies for their own public libraries. It is within this context that the Palmer Public Library offers access to the Internet.

Responsibility of Users

Supervising children's use
All Internet resources accessible through the library are provided equally to all users. There is no age limit for use of any material via our Internet services. Children have access to the same resources as adults. It is the library's policy that parents or legal guardians are responsible for deciding what resources are appropriate for their children. There will be some resources which are inappropriate for children. Parents should tell their children if there are materials which they do not want them to use. Parents should supervise their children's Internet sessions.
Parents are urged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway, which was jointly produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Alliance.

Choosing and evaluating sources carefully

The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and information content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. The Palmer Public Library cannot protect users from information they find offensive. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the Internet through the library network. We are not responsible for unannounced changes in content of the sources to which we link, nor for the content of sources accessed through secondary links that we did not create.

As with printed publications, not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete or current information. Users should evaluate Internet sources just as they do printed materials, questioning the accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage of the information provided. Some helpful hints for evaluating Internet sources are offered in Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages.
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
The Internet enables the Palmer Public Library to expand its reference/information services by providing access to unique resources worldwide. Patrons are encouraged to use the Internet for their informational, educational and recreational needs while following these guidelines:
• Patrons will use the Internet workstation and resources in a responsible and ethical manner:

* Users will not attempt to modify, alter, or damage software and


* Users will not receive or display text/graphics that may reasonably be

considered obscene.

• Internet access is a privilege, not a right, which may be revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct.

• Files may be saved through e-mail accounts, or on external devices including diskettes that are available at the Circulation Desk for 50 cents.

• Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus. Patrons should have virus checking software on their home computers. The Palmer Public Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's diskette or computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from a patron’s use of the library’s computers.

Parents or legal guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the information selected and/or accessed by children.

Staff Assistance

Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits, but cannot offer individual instruction, assistance with financial transactions and tax filing, job applications, opinion concerning medical and legal sites, or any help involving personal information.

Guidelines for accessing the Internet at the Palmer Public Library
1. You will need a current Palmer Public Library card or a card from any other C/WMARS library.
2. Select a vacant computer station and enter your name and password. To continue, you will need to read and accept (or decline) the Access to Electronic Resources Guidelines. By accepting these guidelines, you agree to adhere to all rules and regulations.
3. Use of the Internet access computers is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those using an Internet access computer are limited to 2 one-hour sessions but time may be extended if no one is waiting to use a computer.

Prohibitions and Sanctions

Users may not:

  1. Download files to drives other than the A: drive or external devices.

  2. Use the library's workstations as a staging ground to gather unauthorized access to the library's networks or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.

  3. Make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.

  4. Make any attempt to alter software configurations.

  5. Make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance.

  6. Use any library workstation for any illegal or criminal purpose.

  7. Use Internet services to acquire, display or print materials that may reasonably be considered obscene, or to place them in e-mail, web pages, or other network systems.

  8. Share their library card number or password information with anyone else.

  9. Attempt to access another person’s library information, private files, or e-mail, or conduct any harassing activities toward library users, staff, or volunteers.

  10. Compromise the privacy of other library users by revealing or disclosing confidential information.

  11. Violate copyright laws* or software licensing agreements in their use of library workstations.

  12. Transmit copyrighted music/video material or files containing music/video.

  13. Engage in any activity that is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous or slanderous.

Violations may result in loss of library privileges, including removal from library premises. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner which could involve police intervention.

*The Palmer Public Library is guided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which restricts the use of copyrighted material in any form – print, audio, and video. It is important that library users understand and respect all statutes that protect intellectual property rights.
A related policy of the Palmer Public Library concerns Acceptable Use of Computer Resources Guidelines for PPL Staff, first approved by the Board of Trustees in June 1999.
These Guidelines were approved by the Palmer Public Library Board of Trustees on February 13, 1997
Last amended 2/21/08
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