of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for
self-government. Freedom of expression encompasses the freedom of
speech and the corollary right to receive information. These rights
extend to children as well as adults.
Libraries and librarians exist to facilitate these rights by
providing access to, identifying, retrieving, organizing, and
preserving recorded expression regardless of the formats or
technologies in which that expression is recorded." (American
Library Association Statement on Electronic Information, Services
mission of the SUTTON PUBLIC LIBRARY is to provide patrons with the
best and most current information resources possible now including
on-line electronic information resources. On-line electronic
resources currently accessible through the library include the
INTERNET: An unregulated worldwide information and
communication network connecting thousands of other computer
The West Virginia Union Catalog provides on-line access to the
library catalogs of the statewide network.
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES AND USERS RESPONSIBILITY
These resources contain a wealth of valuable information. However,
users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate,
outdated, controversial, or offensive. Use of these resources
carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the
information accessed. Parents, not the library, are responsible for
the use of these resources by their children. In offering Internet
access, the library staff cannot control access points which often
change rapidly and unpredictably.
Electronic resources should not be viewed as a
replacement for traditional resources, but as an enhancement.
Frequently the information sought is much more readily available and
reliable through traditional library resouces.
ACCEPTABLE USES (EXAMPLES)
Patrons are encouraged to use the InfoMine for the following
Research and educational information
Unstructured navigation ("surfing") of the Internet to locate sites
of interest and to hone usage skills
Printing from full text databases
Downloading of public domain software (with library administration
and staff may not use InfoMine in the following situations:
Illegal, unauthorized, unethical or commercial purposes.
Manipulation of internal hardware and/or software including
uploading of any software.
Transmission or downloading of any material in violation of state or
federal laws including the following:
Sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which may
reasonably be construed as obscene.
Copying or downloading of any material in violation of
copyright law. (Downloading of software and files not in the public
domain is a violation copyright law and is expressly
use of electronic resources is the individual's responsibility and
not that of the library."
use is a privilege and should be treated as such by all users of the
system. Library staff has the right to determine the
appropriateness of use and can at any time require a patron to leave
the computer. Prohibited uses will result in loss of workstation
privileges. In accordance with the library's general policy,
appeals of such should be addressed in writing to the library
director. Perpetrators of malicious damage to the system will be
prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
AGE: Because of high costs and delicate nature of complex
electronic and mechanical equipment, children under the age of (8)
will be required to have a parent or adult guardian present when
using the workstation.
Use of the Internet computers is on a first-come, first-served
basis. There will not be a time limit assigned, but users, as a
condition of use, will agree that if anyone is waiting they will
make the computer available within 20 minutes of being informed by
no charge for use of the workstations and to access the information
therein. However, patrons shall assume printing costs at the rate
of 25 cents per page. Because of the possibility of virus
contamination, disks for downloading must be purchased from the
library at a cost of $1.00.
Electronic information technology is emerging, expanding, and
changing constantly. The Sutton Public Library Board of Trustees
encourages patrons to make use of the new technology and welcomes
comments and suggestions regarding policies governing use. Comments
and suggestions may be made to the library director in person, over
the telephone, or in writing.
PROCEDURES FOR USE
first-time users will be given a copy of these policies and required
to sign a form stating that they have read, understood, and will
abide by them.
will be given a brief training session by the staff to ensure they
understand the basics of Internet use.
will be required to check in at the desk for staff to verify they
are an authorized user and to sign a time slip at the beginning of
each session. This is simply a way to keep track of an individual's
time and will be destroyed when the patron is finished at the
computer. This will be used only for time keeping purposes.
sessions must be ended 15 minutes before closing.
Internet and its available resources contain a wide
variety of material and opinions from varied points of view.
offering Internet access, Library staff cannot control
access points which often change rapidly and unpredictably.
Sutton Public Library does not control the content
or the accuracy of the information on this system.
Users are hereby notified that they are responsible
for the access points they reach.
Parents of minor children must assume
responsibility for their children's use of the Internet
through the library's connection.