The following are the rules and regulations of the Adams Free Library. These are effective August 20, 2009 as adopted by the Trustees of the Adams Free Library.
All users of electronic resources are expected to use these resources in a responsible and ethical manner consistent with the standards and rules of the library and the community.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources:
The library offers access to the Internet as an electronic means of reaching ideas and information and greatly expanding its information services beyond the traditional collections and resources. Because of this, the library has been recognized by the New York State Department of Education as an Electronic Doorway Library.
The internet provides access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information. However, not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. The library cannot control the accuracy of information, the validity of the information, availability of links, not the availability of material that some may find offensive. A user MUST evaluate the validity of the information sources.
Library users access the Internet at their own discretion and are responsible for any access points they reach.
Rules Governing Use:
A user must sign an attendance sheet/signup sheet to have access to the computers.
Computer time is limited to 2 hours per day.
Use is limited to two people per computer at a time.
Computer use is limited to the hours that the library is open.
Information can only be saved on CD’s or thumb drives not on the computer itself.
The librarian is available to help navigate the Internet by offering suggestions for sites and searching assistance.
The librarian reserves the right to remove inappropriate materials from the computer and to instruct the patron that there is a restriction in seeking similar sites.
Computer rules are taped on the computer for clear viewing.
Computer use ends 15 minutes prior to the library closing.
Computers are to remain turned on all the time. If a user shuts down or logs off a computer, the user will be notified that if he/she does this again their computer privileges will be suspended as directed by the libarian.
A User Must Not:
Use the PC’s to gain unauthorized access to the Library’s network or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.
Obstruct other people’s work by consuming large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system.
Damage or make any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.
Alter or make any attempt to alter software configurations.
Degrade or make any attempt to cause degradation of system performance.
Use any library computer for illegal or criminal purpose.
Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements in their use of library computers.
Engage in any activity, which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous or slanderous.
Install or download any software without the librarian’s permission.
Shut down or turn off any computer.
The library may deny or withhold computer/internet privileges and other library services due to any infraction of these policies. The parents or guardians of minors may also lose their computer privileges and other library services for infraction of these policies. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Access by Minors:
It is the policy of the library that parents and guardians are responsible for setting guidelines and restrictions for their minor children. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to use computers unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or older sibling. The librarian may make exceptions to this rule.
As the library is a public place, it reserves the right to remove explicit materials from the computer screen and to instruct the minor that there is a restriction in seeking similar sites. Failure to comply will result in loss of Internet privileges. The librarian cannot be responsible for supervising minors while they are using the Internet.
Adpoted 11-16- 2004