Siouxland Libraries provides Internet access for research and educational purposes.
SCOPE OF INTERNET ACCESS
It is the goal of the Library to provide the greatest possible access to the Internet within the limits of available resources. The Internet offers access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching. Library staff has identified specific starting points on the Siouxland Libraries' home page for searches and links to sources on the Internet that are consistent with the Library's mission and organization values.
The Library recognizes the right of individuals to determine what is most appropriate for their needs. Users should be aware that information accessed via the Internet may be controversial, inaccurate or dated. Because the Internet is a vast and unregulated information network, it also enables access to ideas, information, images and commentary beyond the confines of the Library's collection, mission, selection criteria and collection development policies. Because of this access and because sites on the Internet change often, rapidly and unpredictably, the Library cannot protect users from information and images, which they might find offensive or disturbing.
B. CHILDREN'S USE OF THE INTERNET
As with other library materials and service, parents or legal guardians are responsible for the information selected or accessed by children. Internet workstations specifically configured for use by children may limit or prevent access to specific Internet sites. The Library provides Internet workstations for children equipped with filtering/blocking technology. Children ages 0-12 are limited to using these filtered Internet computers. However, the library recognizes that filtering/blocking technology is not perfect and may not be a completely reliable means of protection from materials that may be offensive, controversial or illegal. Parents or legal guardians are ultimately responsible for their child's use of the Internet.
A. LIBRARY RULES
The same principles that guide the use of other library resources apply to the use of the Internet. The Library expects customers to use the Internet in a responsible manner respecting the rights of others and Library rules of behavior. The Library does not condone the use of library equipment to access material that is obscene, features child pornography, or is harmful to minors. Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and unacceptable use will result in suspension or cancellation of the privilege.
B. UNACCEPTABLE USE
1. Degrade or disrupt equipment or system performance
2. Vandalize the data of any other user
3. Gain unauthorized access to resources or entities
4. Invade the privacy of individuals
5. Violate Federal, State, or local law regulations (e.g., SDCL 43-43B-1 through 8, Unlawful Uses of Computer)
6. Engage in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
WARNING TO THE INTERNET USER:
Please be aware that Siouxland Libraries is a public place. Displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures may be a violation of the City of Sioux Falls Sexual Harassment Policy or a violation of the State and Federal Obscenity laws (South Dakota Statutes, Section 22-24-1 to 22-24-37; Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252.)
A. ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF USE
Locations may place time, printing and downloading limits depending on volume of use or other conditions.
Staff is available to introduce Internet access and provide initial instructions on its use. To ensure the equitable delivery of all library services, the amount of time staff has available to provide Internet instruction is limited.
Siouxland Libraries assumes no responsibility for any damage, direct or indirect, that users or anyone else may suffer through Library access to the Internet.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This Public Internet Use Policy is posted adjacent to computer workstations used by customers to access the Internet and other library databases. Users must sign an agreement prior to using the Internet indicating they understand and agree to abide by this policy.
Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees, Dec. 6, 2000
Revised by the Library Board of Trustees, September 7, 2005