Computer and Internet Use

This Computer Use Policy is designed to pro­vide all mem­bers of the pub­lic with fair, equi­table access to com­put­er services.

1. Time Limits – The ini­tial time lim­it will be 60 min­utes. If no one is wait­ing, com­put­er time may be extend­ed. The Millington Arbela District Library does not guar­an­tee a spe­cif­ic amount of time for com­put­er use.
2. Specific Use Computers – Some Millington Arbela District Library com­put­ers are des­ig­nat­ed for spe­cif­ic pur­pos­es such as chil­dren’s soft­ware. These com­put­ers are NOT con­nect­ed to the Internet.
3. Filtering
a. The Millington Arbela District Library net­work is filtered.
b. Parents or legal guardians need to be active­ly inter­est­ed in and are respon­si­ble for super­vi­sion of their children’s online use of the Internet and oth­er elec­tron­ic sources. Parents or legal guardians are encour­aged to dis­cuss the use of the Internet in rela­tion to fam­i­ly val­ues and bound­aries with their chil­dren and to mon­i­tor their children’s use of the Internet. A par­ent, legal guardian or approved adult care tak­er must accom­pa­ny chil­dren eleven years of age and under at all times while using the pub­lic access computers.
4. Library Use – Millington Arbela District Library staff may reserve com­put­ers for classes.
5. Closing – Computers and print­ers will be shut down 15 min­utes before the library closes.
6. Headphones – Headphones are avail­able at each pub­lic access computer.
7. Printing
a. Black & white pages are 15 cents per page. Color pages are 50 cents per page.
8. Saving Files and Documents – Patrons who wish a per­ma­nent record of their work need to save files and doc­u­ments on their own USB or Cloud dri­ve. Millington Arbela District Library com­put­ers do not allow users to save doc­u­ments or per­son­al files to the hard drive.
9. Disclaimer – Patrons use library com­put­er hard­ware and soft­ware at their own risk.
a. The Millington Arbela District Library is not respon­si­ble for equip­ment mal­func­tion, loss of data, any dam­ages to the user’s disks, data, or elec­tron­ic trans­ac­tions of any type.
b. The Millington Arbela District Library is not respon­si­ble for the loss of CD or USB drive.
c. The Millington Arbela District Library com­put­ers are fil­tered using the best avail­able tech­nol­o­gy. However, users are cau­tioned that ideas, points of view, and images can be found on the Internet that are con­tro­ver­sial, diver­gent, and inflammatory.
d. The pro­vi­sion of access does not mean or imply that the Millington Arbela District Library endors­es or sanc­tions the con­tent or point of view of any of the infor­ma­tion or com­men­tary which may be found on the Internet.
10. Staff Assistance – Computing resources are self-serve. While staff mem­bers are avail­able to assist users with the equip­ment, staff mem­bers do not pro­vide assis­tance in the use of soft­ware. Staff mem­bers are NOT allowed to view patron’s per­son­al infor­ma­tion such as cred­it card num­bers, social secu­ri­ty num­bers or bank­ing information.
11. Illegal and Unacceptable Uses – Patrons may use library com­put­ers or the wire­less access only for legal uses. Examples of unac­cept­able uses include but are not lim­it­ed to the following:
a. Attempting to crash, degrade per­for­mance, or gain unau­tho­rized access to com­put­er sys­tems and networks.
b. Damaging equip­ment, soft­ware, or data belong­ing to the Millington Arbela District Library or oth­er users.
c. Using the Internet for mali­cious pur­pos­es such as inten­tion­al­ly prop­a­gat­ing a virus.
d. Sending unso­licit­ed advertising.
e. Attempting to gain or gain­ing access to anoth­er per­son­’s files or autho­riza­tion codes.
f. Using anoth­er per­son­’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, bar code or pin num­ber, with or with­out permission.
g. Using, dis­clos­ing, or dis­sem­i­nat­ing per­son­al iden­ti­fi­ca­tion infor­ma­tion regard­ing minors with­out parental permission.
h. Displaying obscene mate­r­i­al, child pornog­ra­phy, or sex­u­al con­tent that might be harm­ful to minors.
i. Harassing oth­er users with mes­sages, prints, or images.
j. Libeling, slan­der­ing, or mali­cious­ly offend­ing oth­er users.
k. Violating copy­right laws or soft­ware licens­ing agreements.
l. Violating fed­er­al, state, or local laws, reg­u­la­tions, or ordinances.
12. Definitions
a. Obscenity, as defined in sec­tion 1460 of title 18, United States Code and MCL 752.362.
b. Child Pornography, as defined in sec­tion 2256 of title 18, United States Code.
c. Child sex­u­al­ly abu­sive mate­r­i­al, as defined in MCL 750.145c.
d. Harmful to Minors – The term harm­ful to minors” as defined under MCL 722.674, means any pic­ture, image, graph­ic image file, or oth­er visu­al depic­tion that:
i. tak­en as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a pruri­ent inter­est in nudi­ty, sex, or excretion;
ii. depicts, describes, or rep­re­sents, in a patent­ly offen­sive way with respect to what is suit­able for minors, an actu­al or sim­u­lat­ed sex­u­al act or sex­u­al con­tact, actu­al or sim­u­lat­ed nor­mal or per­vert­ed sex­u­al acts, or a lewd exhi­bi­tion of the gen­i­tals; and
iii. tak­en as a whole, lacks seri­ous lit­er­ary, artis­tic, polit­i­cal, or sci­en­tif­ic val­ue as to minors.
e. Sexual Act; Sexual Contact – The terms sex­u­al act” and sex­u­al con­tact” have the mean­ings giv­en such terms in sec­tion 2246 of title 18, United States Code.
13. Compliance – Failure to com­ply with this pol­i­cy or with library staff direc­tions may result in restric­tion or ter­mi­na­tion of the user’s library priv­i­leges and may result in pros­e­cu­tion under local, state, or fed­er­al laws. Any per­son denied access to the Library or its ser­vices may appeal the denial to the Library Director. If the appeal is not resolved by the Director, it may be sub­mit­ted in writ­ing to the Library Board. The Library Board will pro­vide the per­son with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to be heard before decid­ing the appeal.

INTERNET ACCESS POLICY

The Library’s Internet Access Policy is in com­pli­ance with fed­er­al and state laws.
1. Philosophy –The Millington Arbela District Library pro­vides the Internet to the pub­lic as an infor­ma­tion­al, edu­ca­tion­al, and recre­ation­al resource.
2. Internet Content – The Internet, as an infor­ma­tion resource, enables libraries to pro­vide infor­ma­tion beyond the con­fines of their own col­lec­tions. It allows access to ideas, infor­ma­tion, and commentary.
a. The Internet is an unreg­u­lat­ed medi­um. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of mate­r­i­al that is per­son­al­ly, pro­fes­sion­al­ly and cul­tur­al­ly enrich­ing to indi­vid­u­als of all ages, it also enables access to some mate­r­i­al that may be out of date, inac­cu­rate and offensive.
b. The Millington Arbela District Library is not respon­si­ble for the con­tent of infor­ma­tion accessed or selected.
c. The Millington Arbela District Library strives to main­tain a com­put­ing envi­ron­ment that pro­motes access to a wide vari­ety of elec­tron­ic infor­ma­tion in an array of for­mats; how­ev­er, Millington Arbela District Library makes no guar­an­tee that all Internet con­tent and ser­vices will func­tion on its equipment.
d. If an adult wants unfil­tered access to the Internet, the adult must make a request to staff to have the fil­ter­ing soft­ware turned off. At least one com­put­er may become unfiltered.
3. Privacy – It is the pol­i­cy of the Millington Arbela District Library to pre­serve the con­fi­den­tial­i­ty of library usage records of its patrons in accor­dance with the Library Privacy Act as last amended.
a. Unless ordered by a court after giv­ing Millington Arbela District Library notice of the request and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to be heard on the request, the library or an employ­ee or agent of the library shall not release or dis­close a library record or por­tion of a library record to a per­son with­out the writ­ten con­sent of the per­son iden­ti­fied in that library record or that per­son­’s par­ent or legal guardian.
b. The Millington Arbela District Library makes no rep­re­sen­ta­tions regard­ing the pri­va­cy of infor­ma­tion sent over the Millington Arbela District Library net­work (includ­ing Wireless Access) access­ing the Internet includ­ing e–mail, chat, or instant mes­sen­ger. Those trans­mis­sions are not guar­an­teed to be secure against inter­cep­tion and may be mon­i­tored by a third party.
4. Technology Protection Measure – It is Millington Arbela District Library’s pol­i­cy to com­ply with the require­ments of the Michigan Library Privacy Act, 1984 PA 455, MCL 397.601 et seq., and the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) (47 USC § 254 and 20 USC § 9134) and the June 23, 2003 United States Supreme Court deci­sion relat­ing there­to, as well as pro­vi­sions in the Michigan Library Privacy Act regard­ing restric­tion of Internet access to minors (MCL 397.606). Millington Arbela District Library uses a tech­nol­o­gy pro­tec­tion mea­sure (or Internet fil­ter”) to restrict access to Internet sites that con­tain adult con­tent (nudi­ty, pornog­ra­phy, as well as proxy avoid­ing web pages). All pub­lic com­put­ers are filtered.
5. Filtering Guidelines – Millington Arbela District Library uses the require­ments of CIPA and Michigan law to deter­mine what the fil­ter should block. Millington Arbela District Library uses the least restric­tive block­ing cat­e­gories pro­vid­ed by the fil­ter ven­dor that by their def­i­n­i­tions appear to include pro­hib­it­ed con­tent. Content to be blocked includes obscen­i­ty as defined in 18 USC § 1460, child pornog­ra­phy as defined in 18 USC § 2256, and sex­u­al con­tent harm­ful to minors as defined in 47 USC § 254 and 20 USC § 9134.
6. Parental Guidance – Parents need to be active­ly inter­est­ed in and are respon­si­ble for super­vi­sion of their chil­dren’s use of the Internet and oth­er elec­tron­ic resources. Parents and guardians are encour­aged to dis­cuss the use of the Internet and fam­i­ly val­ues with their children.
a. Parents and guardians need to be aware that the fil­ter is not total­ly effec­tive and the Millington Arbela District Library can­not assure that a child will not pur­pose­ful­ly or inad­ver­tent­ly access inap­pro­pri­ate materials.
b. The Millington Arbela District Library does not fil­ter the con­tent of e‑mail, chat rooms, or oth­er forms of direct elec­tron­ic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and can­not there­fore assure the safe­ty and secu­ri­ty of minors using these functions.
c. The Millington Arbela District Library can­not pro­tect against their chil­dren’s unau­tho­rized access to com­put­er resources, includ­ing hack­ing,” and oth­er unlaw­ful online activities.
d. The Millington Arbela District Library can­not pro­tect against unau­tho­rized dis­clo­sure, use, and dis­sem­i­na­tion of per­son­al iden­ti­fi­ca­tion infor­ma­tion regard­ing their chil­dren if their chil­dren pro­vide it while using the Internet.
7. Wireless Access – Authorized and approved wire­less access to the Internet is sup­port­ed by Millington Arbela District Library with­in the libraries dur­ing library hours.
a. The Millington Arbela District Library net­work is an open net­work and is not secure.
b. Most Wi-Fi equip­ment will be com­pat­i­ble. However, the Millington Arbela District Library can make no guar­an­tee to com­pat­i­bil­i­ty of equip­ment with Millington Arbela District Library’s network.
c. Wireless print­ing is avail­able through Princh.
d. The Millington Arbela District Library can­not guar­an­tee wire­less connectivity.
e. Millington Arbela District Library staff can­not assist with a patron’s com­put­er, wire­less net­work card, or configuration.
f. Millington Arbela District Library assumes no respon­si­bil­i­ty for any loss or dam­ages done direct­ly or indi­rect­ly to per­son­al data, equip­ment, unat­tend­ed equip­ment or for any dam­age or injury aris­ing from loss of pri­va­cy aris­ing from use of its World Wide Web serv­er, wire­less con­nec­tion, or con­nec­tion to oth­er Internet services.
g. Millington Arbela District Library staff is not respon­si­ble for any changes made to a patron’s com­put­er settings.
h. Wireless users must com­ply with the Millington Arbela District Library Computer and Internet Use Policies. Users are expect­ed to use the Millington Arbela District Library’s wire­less access in a legal and respon­si­ble manner.
8. Complaints and Penalties – If a user feels that a web site is being blocked or allowed inap­pro­pri­ate­ly by the fil­ter, the user may request that it be reviewed by library staff.
9. Definitions
a. Obscenity, as defined in sec­tion 1460 of title 18, United States Code and MCL 752.362.
b. Child Pornography, as defined in sec­tion 2256 of title 18, United States Code.
c. Child sex­u­al­ly abu­sive mate­r­i­al, as defined in MCL 750.145c.
d. Harmful to Minors – The term harm­ful to minors” as defined under MCL 722.674, means any pic­ture, image, graph­ic image file, or oth­er visu­al depic­tion that:
i. tak­en as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a pruri­ent inter­est in nudi­ty, sex, or excretion;
ii. depicts, describes, or rep­re­sents, in a patent­ly offen­sive way with respect to what is suit­able for minors, an actu­al or sim­u­lat­ed sex­u­al act or sex­u­al con­tact, actu­al or sim­u­lat­ed nor­mal or per­vert­ed sex­u­al acts, or a lewd exhi­bi­tion of the gen­i­tals; and
iii. tak­en as a whole, lacks seri­ous lit­er­ary, artis­tic, polit­i­cal, or sci­en­tif­ic val­ue as to minors.
e. Sexual Act; Sexual Contact – The terms sex­u­al act” and sex­u­al con­tact” have the mean­ings giv­en such terms in sec­tion 2246 of title 18, United States Code.
10. Compliance – Failure to com­ply with this pol­i­cy or with library staff direc­tions may result in restric­tion or ter­mi­na­tion of the user’s library priv­i­leges and may result in pros­e­cu­tion under local, state, or fed­er­al laws. Any per­son denied access to the Library or its ser­vices may appeal the denial to the Library Director. If the appeal is not resolved by the Director, it may be sub­mit­ted in writ­ing to the Library Board. The Library Board will pro­vide the per­son with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to be heard before decid­ing the appeal.

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