Computer Use Policy

 

 

The Kent Memorial Library is dedicated to serving the people of the Town of Suffield by providing learning resources and information services that support and improve individual, family, and community life.  The Library upholds the principles of intellectual freedom and the public’s right to know by providing people of all ages with access and guidance to information that reflect all points of view.

 

The Internet allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the world and is an unregulated medium.  It offers access to material that may be personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, while also enabling access to material that may be offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal, inaccurate or incomplete.  Users are advised to evaluate the validity of information accessed via the Internet.

 

Library staff will recommend websites on the Library’s home page that are appropriate on the Library’s mission and philosophy.  The Library cannot control or monitor other material that may be accessible via the Internet because access points can and do change often, rapidly and unpredictably. 

 

The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent). Librarians cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests with parents or guardians.  Parents and children are encouraged to read “Child Safety on the Information Highway,” available free from any library location or on the World Wide Web.

 

 

 

Use Agreement

 

I understand that I must have a current Kent Memorial Library card to use the Library’s Internet workstation.

 

Disrupting or vandalizing equipment, systems or data or gaining unauthorized access to secure sites is prohibited.  No library workstation will be used for illegal or criminal purposes.

 

Users must comply with the United States copyright law, Connecticut obscenity statutes, and all other applicable laws.

 

You may not:

 

  • Obstruct the work of others by consuming gratuitously large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system;
  • Make any attempt to alter software configurations in a malicious manner;
  • Make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance;
  • Engage in any activity that is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous or slanderous;
  • Represent yourself as another person for purposes of fraud or other illegal activity.

 

Use of Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege.

 

ILLEGAL ACTS INVOLVING LIBRARY RESOURCES MAY BE SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION BY LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL OFFICIALS.

 

 

Updated 12/04