Internet Guidelines

 

The Bridgton Public Library is pleased to offer nineteen Internet terminals for public use, all with a fast broadband connection. All computers can access the library’s card catalog, and have Microsoft Word and Excel available for use. Selected computers also have Microsoft Publisher, Access and Powerpoint.

Black and color printing, copying, scanning and faxing are available. Printing charges are 10 cents per page for black and white printouts, and 25 cents per page for color.

Internet and Computer Use Guidelines

The Bridgton Public Library, as part of its commitment to serve the community as its information center, provides access to educational, informational and recreational materials. The library will be responsive to the changing needs of the community and aware of evolving technologies available to fulfill its role as a service-oriented, dynamic library. The library protects intellectual freedom and encourages lifelong learning. It is within this context that the Bridgton Public Library offers access to the Internet.

The Internet is an international network of public and private computers, which increases availability of resources and provides access to information outside the scope of the regular library collection. The Bridgton Public Library does not guarantee the accuracy, authenticity or currency of the information accessed on the Internet. Electronic information is constantly changing and expanding. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate information found on the Internet. Provision of access does not imply sponsorship or endorsement.

All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents, and only parents, may restrict their children, and only their children, from access to Internet resources available through the Library. Parents are advised to supervise their children’s sessions.

ACCESS AND SERVICES

Access to the Internet at the Bridgton Public Library is a privilege, not a right. Bridgton Public Library Internet access may be used for lawful purposes only. We expect our patrons to be considerate of others when viewing material that may be considered offensive by other library users. All users are asked to respect the privacy of other users and not attempt to censor or comment upon what others are viewing. Adults wishing to view a blocked site may ask either the Information Specialist or the Library Director to bypass the filter.

While the staff of Bridgton Public Library does not monitor an individual’s computer use, there are times when viewing certain materials may be inappropriate or when the behavior of those using the Internet may be inappropriate. The Library staff reserves the right to address such use of the Internet or behavior by requiring a patron to terminate his or her session.

The Bridgton Public Library reserves the right to establish guidelines, procedures and time limits for the use of the Internet or the use of its computer equipment, which are described in detail in the “Guidelines for Computer and Internet Use”, posted in the library. The Library has full authority to grant, refuse or revoke permission or to make conditions for access to the Internet. Users should read the Guidelines posted at the computers and circulation desk before signing in. Abuse of posted Internet Guidelines will be subject to sanctions at the discretion of the Library Director. Library staff will determine what constitutes a violation of this policy or the posted Internet guidelines.

The Bridgton Public Library reserves the right to refuse Internet access to patrons with overdue books and/or fines.

The Library cannot guarantee successful Internet connections.

Library staff are available to assist with the Internet as time permits, but may not be familiar with every application and cannot provide complete technical support.

Users should notify staff immediately if they experience any problems with the equipment or software.

Internet access is limited to free Web-based applications or online resources purchased or licensed by the library. With Staff permission, some software may be temporarily installed on library computers.

All users who release personal information over the Internet, including personal identifying information, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers, do so at their own risk.

Library customers who wish to make a complaint about any part of our Internet policy or the use of Internet workstations may complete the “Request for Review or Reconsideration of Library Resources” form available in the library. This form will be reviewed by the Library Director.

PROHIBITED USES

Prohibited uses or behavior include but are not limited to the following:

• Harassment of other library or computer users or staff.
• Violation of any local, state or federal law. This includes, but is not limited to, copyright and licensing violations, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use” under federal copyright law; invading the privacy of individuals by accessing their data or by harming, modifying, or destroying their data; and using Internet access for slanderous, libelous or harassing purposes.
• Display of sexually explicit graphics, as defined by library staff as inappropriate for a public setting.
• Transmitting sexually explicit material or graphics via the Internet.
• Destruction or damage to equipment, software or data belonging to the library
• Misuse or abuse of equipment.

INTERNET ACCESS FOR CHILDREN

Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian to use the Internet. Children ages 11 to 15 must have a permission slip signed by parent or guardian to have unlimited Internet access.

As stated previously, all Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents, and only parents, may restrict their children, and only their children, from access to Internet resources available through the Library. Parents are advised to supervise their children’s sessions.

Parents and children are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway, produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at http://www.safekids.com/child-safety-on-the-information-highway

DISCLAIMER

The Bridgton Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its Internet or computer services.

Wireless Internet Access Acceptable Use Policy

Access to the Internet at the Bridgton Public Library is a privilege, not a right. Bridgton Public Library Internet access may be used for legal purposes only. All users are asked to respect the privacy of other users and not attempt to censor or comment upon what others are viewing. Be considerate of others when viewing material that may be considered offensive by other library users. Also be considerate of others by muting the volume or using headphones when using your own computer within the library.

While the staff of Bridgton Public Library does not monitor an individual’s computer use, there are times when viewing otherwise legal materials may be inappropriate or when the behavior of those using the Internet may be inappropriate. The Library staff reserves the right to address such use of the Internet or behavior by requiring a patron to terminate his or her use of wireless access.

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