Electronic Resources Policy

    "Freedom 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 and Networks)

    The 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 following:

   INTERNET:  An unregulated worldwide information and           communication network connecting thousands of other computer networks.

     WVUC:  The West Virginia Union Catalog provides on-line access to the library catalogs of the statewide network.


    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  However, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated, controversial, or offensive.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.


      Patrons are encouraged to use the InfoMine for the following purposes:
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 permission).


     Patrons 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 prohibited.)

     "Lawful use of electronic resources is the individual's responsibility and not that of the library."

     InfoMine 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.

     TIME:  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 library staff.


     There is 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.


     All 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.

     New users will be given a brief training session by the staff to ensure they understand the basics of Internet use.

     All users 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.

     All sessions must be ended 15 minutes before closing.


Sutton Public Library Disclaimer

The Internet and its available resources contain a wide
variety of material and opinions from varied points of view.

In offering Internet access, Library staff cannot control
access points which often change rapidly and unpredictably.

The 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.


Sutton Public Library
Connie Skidmore, Director
500 Main Street
Sutton, WV 26601
Phone - 304-765-7224 Fax - 304-765-7349   



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