internet & wireless usage policies

Internet Workstations Usage

Legality

The Starr Library provides workstations for free public access to the Internet as an informational, educational and recreational resource. The Starr library requires its patrons to use all information in a responsible and legal manner. This includes that all use of electronic information devices will be responsible and legal, consistent with the purposes stated above. This includes:

  • Using resources for educational, informational and recreational purposes only- not for unauthorized or illegal purposes.
  • Not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, data or computer systems of others or altering or damaging software or information contained on any network or database.

Starr Library computer workstations may not be used to conduct a business, to advertise, or to perform any illegal activity, including the deliberate propagation of computer viruses.
No displaying or transmitting obscenity, child pornography or materials harmful to minors. Such material is illegal, and display or transmission my result in appropriate legal action.

Applications

Computers are provided with Microsoft Office installed. Starr Library does not provide instruction in use of this software. Some computers have other programs such as Adobe Photoshop. Please ask if you need to know which computers have these applications.

Use by Children

Starr Library assumes no responsibility for the use of the Internet by children. Subject to the above restrictions, it is the responsibility of the user (or the parent, guardian or caregiver) to determine what is appropriate. Library staff assume that children and young adults who are unattended have parental permission to use library resources, including the Internet.

Control of Information

Not all information available via the Internet is accurate, current or complete. It is not possible for library staff to control specific information located on the Internet. Just as the Libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, they do not do so for electronic information.

Time Limits

The library staff may impose restrictions such as time limits, on use of library equipment. While respecting individual users’ rights to privacy, library staff reserves the right to monitor Internet workstations to ensure compliance with this policy. Library staff may tell users to remove themselves from library equipment if they observe any behavior that they judge to be in conflict with this policy.

Adopted 2001, Revised 2011

Wireless Internet Policy

Introduction

The Starr Library provides Wi-Fi to patrons with a device able to access our networks. This access is in addition to the Library’s wired network.

By choosing to utilize this service, patrons agree to abide by the Library’s posted Computer Use policy. It is the responsibility of the user to understand that policy and refrain from illegal activities.

Security

Wireless networking is a broadcast and shared form of communication, and as such presents additional issues and security risks that are not present with a wired connection. The Starr Library offers both secured and unsecured networks for wireless Internet access. If you are concerned about security, please ask for the password to one of the secure networks.

Use of any of the wireless networks is at one’s own risk. The Starr Library is not responsible for any damage to a patron’s data or information lost during transmission.

Computer requirements

Patrons’ laptops must have a wireless interface card to operate within the Library’s wireless network.

Printing

There is no wireless printing available at this time. To print at the library, patrons need to use one of the library’s wired computers.

Technical Support

The library staff does not provide technical support or configure equipment.

Availability

The Starr Library makes every effort to ensure its wireless networks are available, but does not guarantee that service will be available at any specific time.

Note

The Starr Library provides the convenience of unfiltered wireless access for patrons with Internet capable devices. The Starr Library assumes no responsibility for any alterations or interference with a patron’s device’s configuration, operation, or data files resulting from any connection to the Library’s wireless network.

7-2011 Approved