Use a Computer

The library has 8 public computers with Internet capabilities available at the computer center of the library and in the children's area. Wireless connection is available throughout the library.
  • Software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, a variety of games, etc.
  • You MUST sign the form below in order to use a computer.  Parents MUST sign the form IN PERSON AT THE LIBRARY to allow children under the age of 18 to use a computer.

 

COMPUTER USE POLICY

This policy applies to all users of the Aplington Legion Memorial Library computers or networks.  If you have any questions about the policy or what it means, please contact a library staff member for more information. 

 PURPOSE

 The mission of the Aplington Legion Memorial Library is to provide equal access to information, materials, and services within an environment that welcomes interaction and personal enrichment for all the people of our community.  The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national, and international sources of information.  Be advised, however, that the Internet also contains information which may be inaccurate, outdated, or personally offensive.

 The Library does not control any of the resources available through the Internet.  Although library staff will make every effort to provide access to reliable resources on the Internet, it is not always possible to apply the same selection criteria which are used for other sources.  The Library cannot guarantee confidentiality on the Internet. 

 RESPONSIBILITIES OF USERS

 Choosing and evaluating sources

 The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and information content.  Library patrons use it at their own risk.  A good information consumer evaluates the validity information found.  Your use of Internet resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed.  If you feel information obtained through this service is inaccurate or offensive, we suggest you contact the original producer or distributor of that information.  The availability of information does not constitute endorsement of the content of  the Aplington Legion Memorial Library.

 Supervising Children’s Use

 The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.  There may be some resources which parents feel are inappropriate for their children.  Concerned parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s Internet use. 

 Users may not:

  • 1. Use any library workstation for illegal or criminal purposes, including:

    a. Violation of Iowa state law, which makes it illegal to download or purvey child pornography, purvey pornography to children or to commit fraudulent acts using the Internet. 

    b. Violation of U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U. S. Code) which prohibits the authorized reproduction of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use”.

  •  2.  Use library workstations to gain unauthorized access to the Library’s or any other organizations’ networks or computer systems.
  •  3. Make any attempt to alter or damage computer hardware or software.

 Disclaimer

 The Aplington Legion Memorial Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.

 

 1. When desiring to use the Internet, please read these rules and procedures and fill out and sign the registration  form.  Internet users under age 18 must co-sign with a parent/guardian. The Parent/guardian must do so in  person at the library.
2. Users must sign in and out on the sign-out sheet and include the time the computer was used and the number of  the computer that was used. 
3. Users must not turn off the computer during its usage nor before and after its usage.
4. No telecommunications or other fees shall be charge to the library by users.  If costs are accrued during the time  that a user is logged in, the user will be billed.  The bill must be paid before the user is allowed to use the library  services again.
5.  To prevent computer viruses you are not allowed to use your own software on library computers.  If you wish to  save files, CDs are available for a minimal charge.  Some exceptions may occur, subject to the discretion of the  librarian.
6. Copies cost $.10 per page.  Printer paper with colored ink is $.50 per page. If a solid page of colored ink, such as a photo is printed, the cost is $1.
7. Because of time constraints, library staff may not be able to provide instruction in the use of computers.  If you  have difficulty using the Internet, staff will refer you to local classes and other resources.
8. If someone is waiting to use a computer, you may be asked to finish after one hour or in the case of the express  computer, 15 minutes, and come back at a later time.  During the school year, computer usage during after  school hours (including early outs) is limited to 30 minutes unless no one is waiting for a computer and the  usage is deemed to be school work.  Patrons needing to use the computer for educational purposes will have  precedent over someone using it for recreational/game/ use.  This will be determined by the discretion of the  library staff. No one is allowed to use a computer for more than 2 hours per day. 
9. No more than one person at a time may use a computer unless a parent/guardian is assisting a child.
10. The library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk or computer, any loss of data, damage, or liability  that may occur from the patron’s use of the library’s computers. 
11.  User must be eight years of age in order to operate the computer unless accompanied by an adult.
12.  Individuals may not use the computers to access inappropriate material especially if harmful to minors.
13. Individuals under the age of 17 using the Aplington Library, while using direct electronic communications (such  as face book) may not divulge their name, age, address, location or other personal information.
14. Individuals under the age of 17 using the library are specifically forbidden the use of the computers for  unauthorized access, modification, hacking, cracking, and other unlawful activities. 
15. Individuals are specifically forbidden to use the computers to provide unauthorized disclosure, use, and  dissemination of personal identifiable information concerning and regarding themselves or any other person.

For those in violation of these rules, the following penalties will be incurred:

• First offense: Verbal warning and restricted to the use of the computer nearest the circulation desk as designated by library staff.
• Second offense: Loss of computer privileges with reinstatement of privileges only after a conference which includes the library director, the patron, and in the case of a minor, the patron’s parent or guardian.
• Third offense:  Loss of computer privileges for one year followed by a conference
• Fourth Offense:  Loss of computer privileges

Note:  Although it may not be illegal under Iowa law for an adult to view material that “might be harmful to minors” it is a violation of the library’s acceptable computer use, and of common correct behavior in the library where someone may be offended and sue under other Iowa and United States laws.  Although it is one of the adult privileges to view pornography, it is NOT one of the acceptable uses in the library.  Librarians will and have defended adults’ rights under the United States Constitution but we expect you to exercise those rights appropriately and the library is NOT the place to be viewing or using certain materials.  If you violate these accepted rules of the Aplington Legion Memorial Library you may be asked to leave, you will be restricted to the use of computers nearest the circulation desk, and you may lose your use privileges. 

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The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the4 responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. 

I have read, understood and agree to abide by all the rules and policies governing Internet access and computer use at the Aplington Legion Memorial Library. 
I understand that failure to follow these rules will result in the loss of Internet access privileges.  Also, possible loss of computer use and library use may occur.

I agree to pay any costs incurred through negligence, carelessness, or deliberate misuse.

Name:____________________________________________________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________________________________

Telephone:________________________________________________________________________________

Aplington Library Card Number:____________________________________________________________

Signature:________________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature (if under the age of 18):_____________________________________________

Date:_____________________________________________________________________________________