PUBLIC ACCESS INTERNET POLICY

The purpose of the public access Internet stations is to offer access to unique resources and information on the World Wide Web. First priority for public access Internet stations is for information access. Where resources allow, Library Managers may allocate Internet stations for access to email. All use of the workstations and the Internet must comply with applicable laws, and as outlined in this document.

If staff encounter individuals engaging in unacceptable practice, action is taken consistent with the library's Patron Behavior Policy. Examples of unacceptable use include:

  1. Posting or transmitting unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene material, and/or child pornography through the FVRL web site.
  2. Posting and transmitting material constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, otherwise violate any local, provincial, national or international law, including without limitation, export control laws and regulations.
  3. Disrupting equipment or system performance.
  4. Intentionally exposing other users or staff to information or graphics that may be viewed as offensive.
  5. Invading the privacy of others.
  6. Posting anonymous messages or engaging in harassment on the Internet.

In addition to using an Internet filter the library also exercises the following due diligence steps:

  1. Warnings against criminal use have been posted at each terminal and on related brochure.
  2. Software has been installed to limit the amount of information from previous users to be stored.

The following disclaimer is posted at all Internet stations and on the Library's home page:

  1. Fraser Valley Regional Library accepts no responsibility for the quality, content, or accuracy of any Internet resource.
  2. It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to determine and monitor their children's use of the Internet.
  3. It is prohibited to use a Library Internet workstation for illegal or criminal purposes.

The Library will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of every user, but this privilege cannot be guaranteed. The Library reserves the right to review or suspend Internet usage as follows:

  1. As required by law. Persons using the Library's Internet must comply with all federal, provincial, and municipal legislation.
  2. As part of system maintenance activities.
  3. If improper or illegal use is suspected.

Customers will be charged to print from the Internet and because of limited resources customers will not be able to download to a disc.

Library staff will provide instruction and assist customers with the Internet. Staff will provide public training sessions. Some of the more advanced training sessions will be provided on a fee for service basis.

Library staff maintain a Fraser Valley Regional Library home page which identifies specific starting points for searches that reflect the Library's mission and service roles. It includes links to appealing and age appropriate resources for children.

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