Franklin County Library Computer Use Policy
The mission of The Franklin County Library is to provide for the people of our county an easily available local collection of and global access to the universal record of human thought, wisdom, ideals, information, experiences, and artistic expressions that constitute a, “Gateway to Literacy“.
The Internet, a world-wide network of computer networks is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types. Therefore, public access to the Internet is germane to the Library’s mission.
However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It also provides access to information that is inaccurate, illegal or that some may find offensive or disturbing. The Library does identify, on its web site, specific Internet sites that have potential interest for Library users. The Library cannot control a user’s access to other Internet resources.
Technology Protection Measures
The Library has installed filtering software and other technologies on all library computers with Internet access and will enforce the operation of same during any use of those computers, to prevent minors (persons under the age of 17) from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors.
The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h]), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file or other visual depiction that:
- taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
- depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals;
- taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
Filtering software is not foolproof. It diminishes the likelihood that searchers will inadvertently retrieve text or images that they may find offensive, but does not eliminate that possibility. Filters often block access to sites that users would consider both inoffensive and useful.
If Franklin County Library patrons are not able to locate sufficient World Wide Web resources to meet their needs, they should not hesitate to ask a librarian for help. Library staff, as necessary, for bona fide research or other lawful purposes by people aged 17 and older, may disable technology protection measures.
The Library staff will develop such rules and procedures as are necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of Internet access.
Established Policy as to Procedures (07/16/08, revised Policies of the Franklin County Library Board):
Referenced by the Board and the Library as Computer Use Policy for Franklin County Libraries and posted at public access work-stations throughout the library system. The text reads as follows:
- Computers in the libraries of Franklin County are for educational and reference use.
- No display of obscene pictures or literature is allowed.
- You must sign in at the circulation desk before using the computer.
- Computer time will be limited to one (1) hour per session. You may continue to use the computer beyond that hour as long as another patron is not waiting to use the same. If another patron is waiting, you will be notified so that the next patron may have access to it. Patrons needing more time, for academic or employment purposes, should ask at the circulation desk when checking out a computer.
- Computers cannot be checked out if there are less than 30 minutes before closing time.
- Computers will be shut down 15 minutes before closing time.
- No downloading of software is allowed.
- Children and young persons under the age of 17 must be supervised by an adult when using the Internet if the child and parent/legal guardian have not filled out the Permission Slip. “Legal guardian” is defined in 42USC675.
- All copyright laws must be obeyed.
- Violation of any part of this policy may result in termination of computer use privileges and possibly loss of library privileges in Franklin County.
Response to Violations
The user’s access to the Library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. A user violates this policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates this policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer network and Internet. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the forfeiture of the user’s privilege to access these computers.
Responsibilities of Library Staff and Users
Library staff may monitor a user’s Internet use, including but not limited to length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone. The user, or the parent of a minor, is responsible for his or her Internet session at all times.
The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates the Library’s policies. As with all Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents/guardians, not Library staff, to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 17 years.) Parents are responsible for their minor children’s use of the Library’s resources and facilities. Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use.
While the Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any warrant as to the information’s accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose.
The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Library’s Internet service.
The Library, having installed and enforced the operation of filtering software in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, will have no liability for damages related to the operation of, or failure of, the filtering software, or for its circumvention by users.
Since software and information downloaded from any sources, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus checking software on their home computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to users’ disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers.
Unacceptable Uses of Computers
Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:
- Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Transmitting of offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by law; viewing, transmitting or downloading pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.
- Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. Engaging in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); uploading a worm, virus, “trojan horse,” “time bomb” or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in “hacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.
- Uses that jeopardize the security of access of the computer network or other networks on the Internet. Disclosing or sharing the user’s password with others; impersonating another user; using one’s own software programs on the library’s computers; altering the Library’s computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment or software.
- Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications: Minors under age 17: Giving others private information about one’s self or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers; arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has “met” on the computer network or Internet without a parent’s permission.
Revised 08/01/08 by Franklin County Library Board of Trustees
- Make sure you are connected to our wireless network.
- Click “Start” > “Printers & Faxes” (or “Start” > “Control Panel” > “Printers”)
- Click “Add Printer”
- Click “Next” until you get to a screen asking you whether the printer is local or networked.
- Select “Local” but uncheck default box about “Plug and Play”, Click “Next”
- Click radio button for “Create New Port” and select standard TCP/IP from drop-down menu, Click “Next” until you get to a screen asking for “Printer Name” or “IP Address”.
- Type IP address 192.168.2.106, Click “Next”
- If you have a machine new enough to recognize the Xerox Phaser 6280 and already have the correct driver on your computer, select it from the list and complete the installation. If not, you will need to load the driver onto your computer from the Xerox website. After the driver is installed, click “Finish”.
If you have any questions, please ask.