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Internet Use Policy

Internet Use Policy

In order to access the Internet you must read the following Internet Policy of the Cadillac Wexford Public Library.

Internet Policy


The Cadillac Wexford County Public Library, in compliance with Michigan’s PA 455, of 1982, and the CHILDREN’S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT (Pub. L. 106-554) and acting in good faith, has developed an Internet Policy in accordance with these laws in order to offer the public of all ages safe and legal access to the Internet.
The Cadillac-Wexford County Public Library is open to the public so that they may benefit from the materials, books, magazines, journals, audio, video, maps, databases, therein.   The Professional staff has been trained and hired to evaluate and obtain the best materials from among all that are available.  It is not possible to purchase all the materials that are available on the market.  The Library provides Internet access as an extension of these resources. Therefore, Internet use is directed to sites that meet the same criteria.  Access to obscene matter or sexually explicit matter that is harmful to minors in any format is not provided.
The Internet offers unlimited global access to all types of information.  Not all sources are accurate, complete, current, legal or philosophically acceptable to all people.  Some information may be offensive, controversial, illegal, erroneous, etc.  It is the responsibility of the user to select or reject online information based on good judgment and discretion.  Access is a privilege, not a right, and requires responsibility on the part of the user. 
The content of the materials on the Internet changes rapidly and unpredictably cannot be fully monitor or controlled.

Adults, who are all persons to have reached the age of 18 years, have the use of the public access Internet computers, as per the above stated intended use, and are not permitted to access sites that contain obscene or sexually explicit matter that is harmful to minors.

Parents and guardians of minor children must assume responsibility of their children’s use of the Internet just as they must with printed materials or visual materials.

Unacceptable Use

Computing resources may only be used for legal purposes by the public and staff.  Examples of unacceptable use include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Uses for any purposes that violate applicable federal, state, or local laws including copyright laws.
2. Interfering with or disrupting other computer users, services, or equipment.
3. Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized entry to communications sources (hacking).
4. Malicious, threatening, harassing, or obscene behavior or language.
5. Obscene behavior including public display of obscene materials on computer screens or in hard copy.
6. Misrepresentation of oneself or the computing center.
7. Activities that could cause congestion and disruption of networks and systems.
8. Unsolicited advertising.
9. To access, upload, download, transmit or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit language or material.

Cautions

1.  Parents are cautioned to monitor their minor children's use of the Internet.
ANY USER UNDER AGE 18 MUST HAVE A PARENTAL/GUARDIAN (see MCL 700.5204) PERMISSION SLIP SIGNED AND TURNED INTO THE CIRCULATION DESK BEFORE USING THE INTERNET. 

2.  Users are cautioned to guard closely the security of personal information, credit card numbers, computer accounts, passwords, and other types of authorizations when using the Internet.

3.  Users are cautioned to take steps to protect their systems from computer viruses and other destructive computer programs when downloading programs to disk for use on other computers.
4.  Electronic files should not be considered confidential.  When required by law, the library must disclose all files to the extent required by law. 
5. The library is not liable for any direct or indirect and/or punitive damages (including lost data or information) sustained or incurred in connection with the use or unavailability of the system.

Violation of Acceptable Use Policy

Violation of any part of the acceptable use policy will be handled under these terms:

1st violation: verbal warning with a note on SAMS and Agent
2nd violation: LIBRARY PRIVILEGES WILL BE REVOKED FOR ONE MONTH.
Subsequent violations: LIBRARY PRIVILEGES WILL BE REVOKED FOR ONE YEAR.


This policy, which has been approved by the Board of Trustees, will be reviewed annually.
Internet and Computer Use Procedures

•    Use of the Internet stations is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
•    Time limits are set so all patrons seeking access will have an opportunity to do so
•    A patron is allowed up to 2 hours per day of Internet use.   Two hours on a laptop or two hours on the desktop    computers.
•    If there are Library fines or fees totaling more than $5.00, there will be no Internet privileges until the fines are paid in full, material(s) returned or compensation is offered for the lost material(s).

Applying for an Internet access card:


1.    A person must be 18 years old or have a signed parent or guardians (see MCL 700.5204) permission slip on file.  They must present a valid picture ID to verify if they are at least older than 18. (MCL 397.606 Section 6)

2.    Check the patron in Agent if they already have a library card to see if their card is expired; if the card is expired, update them in Agent and then add them to SAMS.

3.    If patron only wants an Internet card check in Agent first then go to the add user section, then add in:  Last name, First name, Middle initial and then card number. 

4.    All children under 18 years of age: be sure to check if students have a parent/guardian permission slip on file.

Replacement Cards:
If a patron has lost a library card they can get a new card for a replacement cost of $1.00.

Allotted time:
Desktop computer users two consecutive hours.
Patrons will be able to use laptops for  two hours per day.
The total time a patron may use the Internet is up to 2 hours.

Automatic logoffs
 If a patron logs in 3 consecutive times (less than an hour apart) or a maximum of 5 logins a day totaling 1 hour time session, SAMS will not allow any more logins for that day.

Printing
All printing requests go to the Internet printers (located in center work station). Patrons must have money on their card before any requests will print. Black and white copies are $.10 and color copies are $.25 a page.

Teen Computers
 The same guidelines apply as Internet computers.

Laptops
 Patrons must have a current picture ID (Student, Michigan Identification, Michigan Drivers License) and a Cadillac Wexford Public Library card.
Laptops are checked out to patron but must stay in the library. The patron’s ID is kept in place of the laptop.
Guests to the Cadillac Wexford Public Library will be able to check out a laptop using one of the guest library cards and a 60 minute guest pass along with their picture ID.

Guest Pass
 Guest passes will give the patron 2 hours for the day.  Same login guidelines apply as getting SAMS card. 
If the patron is from the area it is a one time use.  If the patron is visiting from out of the area they may use the internet for up to a week using guest passes.  If they are going to be using the internet for a month or more issue an internet only card.
For patrons under 18, there must be parent permission on file or parents must be present in library while child uses the internet.
If a guest puts money onto the guest card and has money left when done, the library will refund money back to patron.  First checking the guest pass to make sure how much money is on it.




Approved by the Cadillac Wexford Public Library Board of Trustees – April 21, 2008