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* Homer Public Library
* Juneau Public Libraries
* Fort Smith Public Library Computer & Internet Access Policy
* Berkeley Public Library
* Fresno County Library Internet Services Policy
* Los Angeles Public Library
* San Diego Public Library
"On selected terminals, a commercially produced filter is installed to block access to material available through the Internet that might be deemed objectionable. Each terminal has a sign displaying the following message:
"This Internet workstation is equipped with SurfWatch, a commercially produced filter. Its purpose is to block access to material accessible through the Internet that might be deemed objectionable. SurfWatch does this by blocking specific Internet sites and by refusing to recognize specific keywords. The category blocked by SurfWatch is: Sexually Explicit. Sites that are filtered are selected by the SurfWatch staff and an Advisory Committee of parents, teachers and community members.
"Nevertheless, given the nature of how information and sites become accessible through the Internet, the San Diego Public Library System cannot and does not guarantee that the SurfWatch filter will block all material deemed objectionable..."
* Seaside Community Library Access and Privacy Policies
* Sonoma County Library Internet Access Policy
"All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all Library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents - and only parents - may restrict their children - and only their children - from access to Internet resources accessible through the Library. Parents are advised to supervise their children's Internet sessions.
"The Library does not censor access to materials or protect patrons from information. The Library does not select material available on the Internet, it provides access to it. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information..."
* Stockton - San Joaquin County Public Library Administrative Policy Directive, SUBJECT: Electronic Resources - The Internet
* Arapahoe Library District
"Thus, please remember you are responsible for the sites you access. The Web contains some printed and visual materials which some parents may find inappropriate for their children. It is not, however, the library's policy to decide what ideas your child should be exposed to, therefore, we hope you will continue to participate in your child's learning process by helping your child select materials and sharing them with you.
"Additionally, the District cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information on the Web, except for the District's Web site, as each site is developed by its respective developer or owner. Links to other sites from the District's Web site are provided as additional resources and do not imply sponsorship of or identification with the Arapahoe Library District..."
* The Internet at the Denver Public Library
"Persons using any of the computers in the Library shall not use the Internet for any form of electronic communication including conversation groups ("chat rooms") or electronic mail (e-mail) services. The computers shall not be used for word processing or other office functions including the design and maintenance of Web pages..."
* Douglas Public Library District
"What does this mean to you? Keep your eyes open and your wits about you. Just because it's on the 'net doesn't mean it's true or valuable. Some of it is, though, and the rest is often entertaining..."
* Steamboat Springs, The Bud Werner Memorial Library
* Danbury Public Library Computer Appropriate Use Guidelines
"The Danbury Library does not monitor information accessed over the Internet and cannot guarantee the validity or accuracy of information found on the Internet. Library customers are advised, as with all library materials, to exercise judgement and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet..."
* Stamford, The Ferguson Library Internet Procedures and Guidelines
* Delaware's Public Library Internet Access -- Disclaimer
"Not all sites on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. You need to be a good information consumer, questioning the validity of the information you find..."
* Clearwater Public Library Internet Access Policies
* Chatham-Effingham-Liberty Regional Library
"Users may not:
"...8. Use internet services to acquire, display or print pornographic materials. Georgia law prohibits display of materials harmful to minors in places frequented by minors..."
* DeKalb County Public Library
"Although many potentially valuable sources of information are located throughout the Internet, some resources and destinations contain material that some patrons may find offensive; or sites may be located that are inappropriate for children. Certainly, there are sites that are inappropriate for use or viewing in a public setting. The library can neither verify the accuracy nor control the content of sources found on the Internet. Therefore, as information consumers, patrons must evaluate the validity and desirability of the information found. Patrons access the Internet at their own discretion and are responsible for following the guidelines of all networks traversed.
"DCPL does not have the right or authority to act in place of the parent and encourages parents to supervise their children's use of the Internet and World Wide Web. While the library does not encourage access to questionable material, it does not monitor, and has no control over, information accessed through the Internet. DeKalb County Public Library is receptive to anything that can be done to offer reasonable protection for young patrons from inappropriate material.
"Parents concerned about their child's use of electronic resources must accept responsibility for determining content and establishing guidelines for their child's use that are consistent with personal and individual family values and boundaries. Only parents or legal guardians may restrict their child from access to Internet resources accessible through DCPL...
* Oconee Regional Library PeachNet/Internet Usage Policy
"Copyright and licensing agreements should be respected.
"All of the libraries and schools which are part of this project are under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act, enacted by the 1991 Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor effective July 1, 1991, which establishes certain acts involving computer fraud or abuse as crimes punishable by defined fines, imprisonment or both.
"The Internet is a global entity with no control of users or content. Therefore, available resources may contain material of a controversial nature. The Library does not monitor information accessed through the Internet. Library patrons use the Internet at their own risk.
"There are information resources which are inappropriate to a library setting. Because the library is a public place, library staff has the authority to end an Internet session.
"As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian...
"Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information..."
* Boise Public Library
"Boise Public Library does not endorse the viewpoints presented, or vouch for the accuracy of the available information from the Internet.
"Parents are responsible for providing guidance to their own children. Links to filtered search engines are offered from the library's web page for those who wish to use them. The library does not utilize filtering software.
"Internet users must be aware that they are working in a public environment with people of all ages and diverse viewpoints. Users may not engage in any activity that interferes with the ability of other patrons to use the library and its resources.
"Access from computers at the library to any network, including the local library network and the Internet is for legal purposes only. Loss of use privileges at the library and criminal and/or civil prosecution are possible for illegal uses of computing resources.
"Examples of illegal uses include but are not limited to the following:
* Allen County Public Library Internet Policy
* St. Joseph County Public Library Computer Usage Policy and Disclaimer
* West Baton Rouge Parish Library, West Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"Parents/guardians are responsible for the use of electronic resources by their children. In the absence of a parent/guardian, the West Baton Rouge Parish Library cannot be responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent/guardian may place on a minor's use of these resources."
* Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
-- [outrageous -- since when is the access to information a "privilege", in the USA?... JK]
"2. The basic guidelines for the trier of fact must be: (a) whether 'the average person, applying contemporary community standards' would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, Roth, supra, at 489 , (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law, and (c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value..."
-- [How 'bout Rabelais?... now / then?... JK]
* Harvard University Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"When the horror of September 11 burst upon us, I was writing something for a different purpose on the complexity of the work of libraries and librarians in our multi-media digital age... Then came the attack, and those words about libraries and the election seemed trivial. Reversing Marx, history moved from farce to tragedy...
"Libraries are the most humane of human institutions; the opposite of terrorist cells. Libraries are gentle, benevolent. They celebrate the best of what we are. True, they do contain the history of human folly and of human evil, as they will contain the history of recent weeks. Terrorism is one of the most inhumane and uncivilized of all acts. But capturing the history of it -- like capturing the history of all we humans do (good and bad) -- is one of the most humane and civilized of activities. It allows us to remember, to learn, and to pass on that memory and learning to new generations.
"Memory and learning are two of the most cherished of human abilities. In the midst of our sadness we must remember that. The terror attack tore our world apart, but it also connected us to many people we did not know. 'Only connect.' Never forget.
"We will preserve the connections and the memories."
-- Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, Harvard University Library
-- [Eloquent answer to the questions of permitting crisis and panic to govern all this. JK]
* Las Vegas Public Library
"Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for their minor children to the extent that is feasible given technical requirements and support. However, the Library District cannot guarantee that filtering technology will successfully block all inappropriate sites. Such controls cannot be absolutely fool proof and parents and guardians must ultimately accept responsibility for determining appropriate use of the Internet by their minor children. Any restriction of the minor child's access to the Internet remains the sole responsibility of the parent, guardian, or caregiver.
"In order to provide flexible Internet access to young people the Library District restricts access to Young People's Library computers to minor children and their accompanying parents or guardians. To access an unfiltered Internet workstation a minor child will be required a have a Parental Permission Agreement for Use of the Internet form signed by a parent or guardian prior to accessing the unfiltered Internet workstation. Download form (pdf).
"Minor children may use filtered workstations without parental permission. Parents are encouraged to guide their minor child's use of the Internet and to read Child Safety on the Information Highway , produced jointly by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association.
"*Minor child is defined as minors under the age of 18."
* Reno Public Library
"Supervising children's use It is the Library's policy that the parent or legal guardian is responsible for deciding what resources are appropriate for his or her child. There will be some resources which parents may feel are inappropriate for their child. Parents should let their child know if there are materials which they do not want him/her to use. Library employees are pleased to offer suggestions, but only parent and child can decide what s/he will access. Parents may wish to supervise their children's Internet sessions. We strongly encourage parents to read the publications "Keeping Your Child Safe on the Information Superhighway" and "Child Safety on the Information Highway".
* Cumberland Valley School District, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
"The District reserves the right to log network use and to monitor fileserver space utilization by district users, while respecting the privacy rights of both District users and outside users.
"District policy establishes that use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right; inappropriate, unauthorized, and illegal use will result in cancellation of those privileges and appropriate disciplinary action...
"Administrators, teachers and staff have a professional responsibility to work together to help students develop the intellectual skills necessary to discriminate among information sources, to identify information appropriate to their age and developmental levels, and to evaluate and use the information to meet their educational goals...
"Cumberland Valley School District supports the use of Internet filtering to provide safety and security of all users from accessing obscene or pornographic materials on the Internet.
"Network accounts shall be used only by the authorized owner of the account for its authorized purpose. All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property and shall not be disclosed. Network users shall respect the privacy of other users on the system.
Students and staff are expected to act in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner in accordance with District policy, accepted rules of network etiquette, and federal and state law. Specifically, the following uses are prohibited:
* Fort Worth Public Library
"FWPL cannot block access to material on the Internet which you might find offensive. Many sites carry sexually explicit and other types of information which may be controversial or inappropriate. Parents are responsible for monitoring the Internet activity of their children.
"It is also impossible to guarantee that data on the Internet is accurate. When evaluating information, consider the source and try to verify it in other databases or Library resources. FWPL librarians are happy to assist you.
"Finally, City of Fort Worth attorneys require the following statement: [bold in the original. JK] In consideration for the privilege of using the system and for having access to the free information contained within it, you hereby release and hold harmless the City of Fort Worth, its officers, agents, servants or employees, the Fort Worth Public Library, its staff, volunteers, representatives or advisors, from any and all liability or responsibility for any and all claims, damages, losses, costs or expenses arising either directly or indirectly from the use of this system, whether or not caused, in whole or in part, by alleged negligence of the City of Fort Worth, its officers, agents, servants, employees, volunteers, representatives or advisors."
* San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, Texas
"OPTIONAL USE OF FILTERED SEARCH ENGINES
"The San Antonio Public Library supports the right and responsibility of parents to direct use of the Internet by their own children, and provides convenient access to filtered search engines on all Internet terminals. Filtered search engines (which are not under the control of the Library) may restrict access to sites which could be deemed objectionable, but may also limit access to sites which have legitimate research value. No filtering system is completely effective or efficient. Access to filtered search engines has been provided, but Library staff will not require that children utilize Filtered Search Engines for their research."
* American Fork Public Library
* Duchesne County Library Internet Policy
* Fillmore City Library Computer Guidelines & Agreement
* Grand County Public Library--Computer Use Policy
* Gunnison Public Library Internet Policy
* Lehi City Public Library Internet Policy
* Salt Lake City Public Library Electronic Access Statement
* Salt Lake County Library System Internet Acceptable Use Statement
* Summit/Rich Bookmobile Library Computer/Internet Usage Policy & Disclaimer
* Utah Education Network (UEN) Acceptable Use Policy
* Washington County Library Internet Policy Agreement
* Weber County Library Internet Access
* Fayette County Public Libraries, Oak Hill, West Virginia
"Parents are responsible for monitoring use by minors. Parents should read the Child Safety on the Information Highway produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association.
"Minors should read the Safety on the Internet section (titled "My Promise") on the Teens Page of the FCPL web site.
"The Fayette County Public Libraries are part of the WV statewide library network; therefore the Children's Internet Protection Act filtering requirements will be met at the state level by the West Virginia Library Commission. FCPL will enforce the operation of the filtering program when/if it becomes mandatory."
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