I have read the Munising Schools Public Library Internet Policy Statement and agree to comply with the terms of the policy.


MUNISING SCHOOL PUBLIC LIBRARY
INTERNET ACCESS POLICY AND GUIDELINES

Welcome to the Munising School Public Library's Internet Access. When you hear the term "information superhighway," many people think of the Internet. To maximize availability of this resource, and to insure fair accessibility for all, please follow these Internet Access Guidelines, which include our Internet policies, rules, and procedures.

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Internet Access Policy

Public access to the Internet is available to users of the Munising School Public Library. In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Munising School Public Library endeavors to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the community's educational and informational needs.

The Munising School Public Library does comply with Public Act 212 by providing filtered access for children in order to restrict them from viewing obscene materials or sexually explicit materials that might be harmful to minors.

The Munising School Public Library has no control over the information that can be accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and the library patrons may use it at their own risk.

Children under 18 years of age may only use unfiltered computers when a parent or a legal guardian is sitting next to them at the computer terminal. Parents are advised to supervise their children's Internet sessions. A permission form must be signed by a parent/guardian and on file at the library before children under the age of 18 will be allowed to use the Internet.

All patrons are aware that there is sexually explicit material and other information resources that may be personally controversial or inappropriate. The Library respects the rights of other patrons who should not be inadvertently exposed to material or images they may find personally unsuitable. Viewing of certain material in the public library may be considered inappropriate in time, place, or manner.

Copies can only be made of public domain information. U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use." Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials (including electronic mail, text, images, programs, or data) without the illicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user: the Munising School Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.

Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. You need to be a good information consumer, questioning the validity of the information you find. Also, information on the Internet may be copyrighted and copyright laws must be adhered to.

The Munising School Public Library receives its Internet access through the Superiorland Library Cooperative in agreement with the Merit Network, Inc. I understand that the Cooperative Access Policy and Merit's Acceptable User Policy are incorporated into this Patron Internet Registration Agreement by reference. I may view the Cooperative's policy at http://www.uproc.lib.mi.us/upaup.html .

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Staff Assistance

Library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning the Internet computer jargon or personal computer use. They may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Because of the library scheduling Internet-trained staff may not always be available.

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Guidelines for Accessing the Internet at Munising School Public Library

•  Children (under 18) must have a signed permission form on file. Students of the Munising Public Schools must abide by the policy for students at the schools. This includes a permission form signed, in person, by parent or guardian, regardless of student's age. Permission forms must be renewed every September.

•  In compliance with Public Act 212, minors (children under 18) will use the filtered computers located in the Mac lab and the children's area. Access to unfiltered computers will only be allowed while a parent/guardian is sitting next to the child at the computer.

•  The Internet access computers are normally available, subject to periodic maintenance, at the following times (library open hours):

During the School Year :
10:00 am -2:00 pm Monday - Wednesday & Friday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Thursday
Closed - Saturday

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sunday

•  Use of the Internet access computers is on a first come/first serve basis. Those using the Internet access computers may use the Internet for up to one hour per day, and if anyone else is waiting they will make the computer available within 30 minutes of being informed by library staff that another person is waiting.

•  Uses of computers for purpose other than the Internet is also on a first come/first serve basis. If someone is waiting to use the computer, the person using it will be given 30 minutes more and then be asked to relinquish use to the next patron waiting.

•  Patrons may not use their own software-programs on the computers. This is to help prevent computer viruses that are common on public computers.

•  Internet access stations are intended for information gathering only. Thus the use of "chat" is prohibited.

•  Patrons will need to ask a librarian if they wish to save files. Diskettes are available from the librarian for a minimal charge.

        - Computers do have USB Ports that you can plug your USB Storage Device into for saving your information.

Warning: Software downloads from the Internet may contain a virus and may require virus-checking software on the patron's personal computer. The Munising School Public Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's storage device or computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from the patron's use of the library's computers.

•  The Library charges $.15 per page to print.

•  Patrons may not always be able to go to the places they want to on the Internet. Some reasons for this may be:

- There are too many Internet visitors and the host computer has closed or limited access from the "outside world."

- The database or resource is licensed to a particular institution, in which case membership may be required

- The host computer has changed its address or has closed down.

- The library's Internet connection may be periodically and temporarily inoperable due to technical/network difficulties.

•  Misuse of the computer or Internet access will result in patron's loss of computer privileges.

The Library offers Internet access from the computers which are owned by the school and library. The library does not offer Internet access via phone line for access from patron's computers. The Library does have a wireless access point (Hot spot) available for patrons use.

Have fun exploring the Internet but please remember that many times specific information needed may be right here...in our books, periodicals, databases, etc.

 

I have read the Munising Schools Public Library Internet Policy Statement and agree to comply with the terms of the policy.