INTERNET ACCESS POLICY

Internet access is available on public terminals for all users of the Lake Forest Library as of April 1, 1995. Access to Internet is compatible with the library's endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read, and the Freedom to View documents and with its collection development policy and mission statement.

The Internet allows users to connect to networks of resources outside the library. The library has no control over these resources nor does the library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Information on the Internet may be reliable and current or it may be inaccurate, out-of date, or unavailable at times.

The Lake Forest Library is responsible only for information that Library staff has produced and published on the Internet.

Library users access the Internet at their own discretion. Parents and guardians, not the Library or staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and accessed by their children. Parents should let their child know if there are resources which they do not want him/her to use. Parents may wish to supervise their children's Internet sessions.

The user may not use the Internet for any illegal activity or place any material on the Internet related to any illegal activity. It is the responsibility of the user to respect copyright laws and licensing agreements and to assume responsibility for payment of fees for any fee-based service.

Staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time and resources permit, but cannot offer personal instruction. Formal instruction on Internet may be offered by the library at designated times.

The Lake Forest Library is bound by an agreement with its Internet provider. This agreement prohibits use of personal logins or FTP functions.

Information and resources on the Internet enhance those already held in the library and often go beyond what is locally available. Users are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet and to exercise good judgment and discretion in their use of it. Current books on the Internet are available in the library's material collection.

The Lake Forest Library administration will develop rules and procedures necessary to insure the fair and reasonable use of Internet, including rules limiting the type of access and the manner of access.

Be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and third parties may be able to obtain information about users' activities. Information collected during the use of the Internet and the Local Area Network is deleted as deemed appropriate by our LAN vendor, Computer View, Inc. The Library respects the confidentiality of those using electronic resources and will release library records only as required by law.

 

SOCIAL SOFTWARE POLICY

Social software is any web application, site or account created and maintained by Lake Forest Library which acilitates an environment for Library Staff and library users to share opinions and information about library related subjects/issues.

Lake Forest Library recognizes and respects differences in opinion. Comments, posts and messages are welcome and will be reviewed before publishing.

The following will be removed before publishing:

  • Obscene or racist content
  • Personal attacks, insults or threatening language
  • Potentially libelous statements
  • Plagiarized material
  • Private, personal information published without consent
  • Comments totally unrelated to the content of the forum
  • Hyperlinks to material not directly related to the discussion
  • Commercial promotions or spam

By posting content, the user agrees to indemnify Lake Forest Library, its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages and costs incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the posted content. Forums and messaging may not be used for commercial purposes or for organized political activity.

Lake Forest Library reserves the right to monitor content before it is posted on all LFL social software web sites and accounts, and to modify or remove messages or postings that it deems to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of the copyright, trademark right, or other intellectual property right of any third party, or otherwise inappropriate for the service.

Lake Forest Library reserves the right to edit or modify any submissions in response to requests for feedback or other commentary.

Lake Forest Library is not obligated to take any actions, and will not be responsible or liable for content posted by any subscriber in any forum, message board or other area within the service.

If any user does not agree to these terms, they are not to use the service as violation of the terms can lead to legal liability.

Approved: November 10, 2009