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FOUNTAINDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY COMPUTER USE POLICY

The Fountaindale Public Library District provides public access computers to serve the needs of the Library and the Fountaindale community for the purposes of information seeking and recreation. Use of the public computers is governed by the policy established by the Library Board of Trustees and any applicable rules or regulations adopted by the Library. The Library Director as the executor of the policy for the Board of Trustees has discretion in determining what use is "in the best interest of the Library" and is authorized to act accordingly, including limiting the use of the public access computers by individuals whose activities interfere with Library operations, adversely affect public safety, or cause public disturbances. The Board of Trustees may modify, amend or supplement this policy, as it deems necessary and appropriate.

PRIORITY FOR USE

To use the Library's public access computers or Wi-Fi internet connection, adherence to the Library's Internet Access Policy is required and will immediately appear on the computer or wireless access device screen. Declining the Internet Access policy will prohibit access to the computer or deny the Wi-Fi internet connection.

Use of computers with Internet access is available for all Illinois library cardholders in good standing, non-library cardholders and short term visitors. Privileges vary based on the library account status of the patron.

Use of public access computers in the Business Center is limited to holders of a valid Fountaindale Public Library card in accordance with the terms of the Business Center Use Policy.

Use of public access computers in the teen Vortex is limited to holders of a current Vortex card who have gone through orientation.

LIMITS OF USE

A patron may not permit others to use his/her library card or barcode and pin to use the public access computers.

Public access computers and Wi-Fi internet connections may be used only for designated and legal purposes. Illegal or prohibited acts may include but are not limited to: unauthorized copyright use; viewing obscene or sexually explicit material; falsification of documents; violating software licenses; damaging or attempting to damage Library equipment/software/software configurations; compromising system security; impacting network performance; libel or slander; misrepresentation; solicitation; harassment or cyber-bullying.

The Library's Conduct Policy and Library's Internet Policy applies to all areas of the library, including, but not limited to, the Computer Commons, Computer Park, Teen Vortex and the Business Center, as well as the Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs/PACs) and the use of wireless devices on a Library provided Wi-Fi internet connection or other personal wireless subscription service.

LIBRARY DESIGNED COMPUTER LABS

The Children's Services Department welcomes all computer patrons under the age of 12, or younger than 6th grade, to the Computer Park. All computer patrons falling within these age ranges are strongly encouraged to use the Computer Park, but may use the Computer Commons if accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver and if in accordance with the Library Conduct Policy.

Children younger than the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver over the age of 14, in conjunction with the Library's Unaccompanied Child Policy. As such, adults and teens over the age of 14 may use the computers in the Computer Park if they are directly observing a child. Adults and teens may not use the computers in the Computer Park at any time if a child under their direct observation is not also using the lab.

The Vortex welcomes all computer patrons ages 12 through 18, or older than 5th grade and through 12th grade. All computer patrons falling within these age ranges are encouraged to use the Vortex computers, but may use the Computer Commons as well. If a teen wishes to utilize the Vortex computers, a Vortex orientation with a parent is required, at which time a temporary Vortex card is issued. Teens may not use the Vortex computers without a temporary or permanent Vortex card. Permanent Vortex cards are issued typically within two weeks after orientation.

The Computer Commons welcomes computer patrons of all ages with adherence paid to the Library's Unattended Child Policy and Library Conduct Policy.

The Computer Lab is reserved for computer classes, test proctoring, staff training, and other events. Computer Assistants will open the Computer Lab as available and as needed for general computing.

The Business Center welcomes computer patrons ages 16 and older as stated by the Library's Business Center Policy.

The Computer Commons, Computer Lab and Business Center computers are designated as quiet zones in the library intended for study, research and (with the exception of the Business Center) personal entertainment. For this reason, patrons are asked to keep headphone volume down and to abide by the Library Conduct Policy.

GUIDELINES FOR COMPUTER ACCESS

A person's own library card is required in order to take full advantage of the Library's public computers. Library cards must be valid (current) and in good standing..

All library cardholders will receive an initial two hour session on a first-come, first-served basis. Extra time on public computers may be accommodated to library cardholders in 30 minute increments up to four hours per day if no one is waiting for a computer. Additional time beyond that may be granted to library cardholders by staff in 30 minute increments with no limit as long as approximately 10% of the computers in the desired computer use area remain available.

If a patron's library account is not in good standing due to fines, other blocks, or because a patron's registration needs to be verified, patrons ages 16 and older will receive no more than five individual one hour guest passes until their account must be cleared up. No more than one guest pass will be allowed per day. Extensions will not be made for guest passes at any time.

Guest passes will also be made for non-library cardholders and for visitors from out of state. No more than one guest pass will be allowed per day.

A child or a teen under the age of 16 without a library card in good standing will be granted unlimited one hour guest passes for use in the Computer Park, Vortex, Computer Commons or Computer Lab until a parent or guardian verifies the child's account while visiting the library. No more than one guest pass will be allowed per day. Extensions will be made for children or teens with pressing homework assignments.

Reservations will be made for patrons when the computer areas are full, and session lengths will shorten thirty minutes prior to the daily closing time.

Accommodations can be made for library card holding patrons who are taking an online exam or an online class to allow up to four hours of continuous use. Ask Computer assistant staff for assistance in advance.

RESTRICTIONS ON COMPUTER ACCESS

If a patron does not have a valid library card, he/she may sign up for a shortened computer session with library staff by using a valid ID. A shortened computer session is defined as a guest pass, which allows a maximum of one hour of computer use per day with no extensions.

A Valid ID includes: Drivers License; State ID; School ID; Work ID; Military ID; Passport; Traffic ticket.

Patrons may not misrepresent themselves by using another individual's library card.

Patrons may not combine cards in order to receive longer or additional computer sessions.

Patrons who are known to have invalid cards and/or cards that are not in good standing will not receive guest passes.

There is a limit of one patron per computer in the Business Center and two patrons per computer in the Computer Park. Computer Commons staff may authorize more than one person to a computer.

A parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16 may request that computer privileges be turned off by visiting the library and making changes to the child's account. The parent or guardian must present a valid photo ID in order for the changes to be made.

ASSISTANCE WITH COMPUTER INSTRUCTION

Basic assistance in signing up to use computers and getting started with programs and applications is available. Patrons needing in-depth instruction or help should set up an appointment with a librarian or other staff member. Appointments are available for up to one hour long sessions and will be scheduled by the appropriate staff member in each area.

STORAGE

The Library does not provide physical or virtual storage for patrons of any Computer lab areas.

FAILURE TO COMPLY

Fountaindale Public Library District staff reserves the right to end a computer session at any time and to grant extensions of time in appropriate situations.

Once a computer or other station has been vacated for more than 10 minutes, the Library reserves the right to remove the patron's belongings without assuming responsibility or liability thereof and to reassign the computer or other station to an available status.

DAMAGES AND LIABILITY

The Library is not responsible for possessions left in the Computer areas or moved by staff to another location.

Any individual using the computer areas shall be held responsible for willful or accidental damage to the Library building, grounds, collections or furniture caused by the individual in accordance with the Library Conduct Policy.

APPEAL AND REVIEW

The Board of Trustees of the Fountaindale Public Library District will review the Computer Use policy and regulations periodically and reserves the right to amend them at any time. The Board authorizes the Library Director to waive regulations under appropriate circumstances. The Library Director is the chief person empowered to make decisions regarding the availability and use of the study rooms. The Library Director has delegated authority to approve Business Center usage to the Adult and Teen Services Department staff.

Any appeals for changes to, or exceptions to, any portion of the Computer Use policy will be considered. An individual wishing to file an appeal shall submit it to the Library Director in writing. The Library Director will respond in writing.

Approved by the Board on 7-28-2012

 

 

 
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