Sherman Free Library

Computer Policies

A.  The library respects a patron's right to both confidentiality and privacy.  Patrons are cautioned that the Internet is not a secure medium and all transactions, files, and communications may be subject to unauthorized access by third parties.  The library, however, will not release information on the use of electronic resources by members of the public except as required by law.

B.  The library's computers are located in a public area that is shared with library users and staff of all ages, backgroundsk and sensiiblites.  Individuals are expected to consider this diversity and respect the sensibilities of others when accessing potentially offensive information or images.

C.  The Internet is viewed as a resource tool used to provide information beyond the confines of the library's own collection.  Some resources may contain material of a contrversial or mature nature.

 The Sherman Free Library does not censor information accessed through the Interent.  The library assumes no liability or responsibility for what is viewed by patrons or left on the screen to be viewed by subsequent patrons and cannot guarantee computer viewing privacy, nor can the library guarantee the privacy of information sent or received over the Internet.

D.  The Sherman Fre Library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent).  Librarians cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet.  The library does not emply any filtered search engines on their computers.  Monitoring a child is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when using any of the public computers, expecially the Internet.  Parents or guardians must provide written permission for unaccompanied children.  See Internet Consent form.

Older children may use the Internet independently; however, monitoring what a child views on the Internet still remains the responsibility of the parent or guardian

Library staff is authorized to monitor computer use as needed to determine compliance with library policies and can at any time revoke computer privileges.

E.  Rules and LImits

1.  Use of the Internet for activities that violate local, state, or federal laws is prohibited.  This includes activities such as viewing child pornography, committing fraud, hacking, or spreading libel or slander.  Patrons may not send, receive, or display text or graphics that may reasonably be construed as obscene.

2. The Sherman Free Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibilty arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic resouces or any consequence thereof.

3. The Staff cannot provide in-depth computer training, but will answer questions and, as time allows, help users locate and use resource on the Internet or on other electronic tools in the library.

4.  Users must sign in at the librarian's desk before accessing a computer terminal.

5. No reservations are taken to use the internet.

6. Computer use is limited to 45 minutes.

7. Patrons wishing to downlad informaton must purchase a disc from the librarian or may bring their own disc or memory stick.

8.  Users may not install, delete, or modify library hardware or change any of the settings or defaults of the computers.  They may not download software from the Internet onto the library's computers.  Users may not misuse library computers or other equipment and resources.  Users may make only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software or data.

9.  Users shall not create and/or disctribute computer viruses over the Internet.

10.  Costs for printing are posted by the computers.

11.  Misuse of the computers will result in the loss of computer privileges.


Internet Consent form for Children under 14

My child ___________________has my permissoin to access the Internet in accordance with the terms set forth in the Computer Use Policy of the Sherman Free Library.

Both my child and I have read the policy and discussed proper library behavior regarding use of the Internet.  I also recognize that as a parent (or the legal guardian) of this child that I, not the library staff, assume full responsibility for my chld's use of the Internet through the library's computers.  I also understand that the library staff is not in a position to supervice juveniles' use of the Interent.  The library staff assumes no liability or responsibility for what is vied by children or left on the screen from a previous patron.

Parent/Guardian name _________________________________________

Parent/Guardian signature _____________________________________

Phone number ______________________________

Date:  ___________________________________