SJCPL Computer Use Policy and Disclaimer

CONFIDENTIALITY
In general, the Library will treat information stored on computers as confidential. Requests for disclosure of information may be honored:

            *When approved by the appropriate Library administrator
            *When authorized by the owners of the information
            *When required by local, state or federal law

Computer users will normally receive prior notice of such disclosures. Viewing information in the course of normal system maintenance does not constitute disclosure.

USER RESPONSIBILITIES
Computer accounts, passwords and other types of authorization that are assigned to individual users should not be shared with others.

The user should assign an obscure account password and change it frequently.

Users should be aware of computer viruses and other destructive programs, and take steps to avoid being a victim or unwitting distributor. Ultimate responsibility for resolution of problems related to the invasion of the user’s privacy or loss of data rests with the user. The Library assumes no liability for loss or damage to the user’s data or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of the user’s privacy.

LEGAL USE
Computer resources may be used for legal purposes only. Examples of unacceptable purposes include, but are not limited to:

            *Harassment of other users
            *Libeling or slandering other users
            *Destruction of or damage to equipment, software or data belonging to the
                        Library or other users
            *Disruption or unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications
            *Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material

ETHICAL USE
Computer resources should be used in accordance with the ethical standards of the Library. Examples of unacceptable use, some of which may also have legal consequences include, but are not limited to:

            *Violation of computer system security
            *Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes or network
                        identification numbers assigned to others
            *Use of computer communications facilities in ways that unnecessarily                                   impede the computing activities of others such as randomly initiating                                  interactive electronic communications or email exchanges, overuse of                                     interactive network utilities, etc.
            *Violation of software license agreements
            *Violation of network use policies and regulations
            *Violation of another user’s privacy

TIME LIMITS
Monday through Saturday, an individual has up to 1 hour of computer use if others are waiting and up to 2 hours if no one is waiting. In order to maximize availability of computers for all users, each individual is limited to a total of 2 hours per day, regardless of how many stations are used.

Sunday, an individual has up to one half hour of computer use if others are waiting and up to 1 hour if no one is waiting. In order to maximize availability of computers for all users, each individual is limited to a total of 1 hour per Sunday, regardless of how many stations are used.

SANCTIONS
Violators of the Computer Use Policy may lose library privileges. Violations of the policies described above for legal and ethical use of computer resources will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner. An illegal act involving Library computer resources may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.

Use of Library Internet stations to display or disseminate sexually explicit or sexually suggestive material in any Library building is prohibited. Violators of this policy will be removed from the Library building and will have their library privileges revoked.

PROHIBITED USES BY CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS UNDER IC 35-42-4-12
Use of Social Networking websites, instant messaging or chat room programs (including, but not limited to Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter) is unlawful under Indiana law and strictly prohibited by the Library for any patron who is a convicted sex offender under Indiana Code 35-42-4-12.  Violators of this policy will be removed from the Library building and will have their library privileges revoked.

DISCLAIMER
The Internet is a global electronic network with no state or county control of its users or content. The Internet and its available resources contain material of a controversial nature. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of the Internet. Library staff cannot control the availability of information links which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.

Any information stored by a user on the Library's public computers will be periodically removed.

The St. Joseph County Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its servers or from its connections to other Internet services.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
All patrons who wish to use the Library’s computer resources are required to agree to the following Limitation of Liability Statement.

By logging on to this computer, you acknowledge you have read and understood the St. Joseph County Public Library Computer Use Policy and agree to fully comply with all terms, conditions and requirements. You acknowledge and agree that any violation of the Computer Use Policy will result in suspension or revocation of Library privileges at the sole discretion of Library Administration.

You acknowledge the St. Joseph County Public Library assumes no liability for any loss or damage to your data or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of privacy in your computer accounts, programs, or files. In consideration for use of Library computer resources, you agree to hold harmless and indemnify St. Joseph County Public Library, its directors, officers, administrators, employees and agents from any and all liabilities for any claims, demands and damages to your person or property whatsoever.

 

Adopted by the St. Joseph County Public Library Board February 27, 1995 and revised July 23, 2012.