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Internet and Wireless Use Policy
Adopted by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Board of Trustees on
September 14, 2000; revised and adopted on January 13, 2005.

Library Mission
We enable the people of our community to pursue lifelong learning through our responsive collections, electronic resources and innovative services. Our inviting public libraries are the cornerstones of our diverse communities where children and adults can experience personal enrichment and connect with one another.

General Policies
In support of this mission and in response to advancing technology, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District offers the community access to the Internet by District computers and individual patrons using their own equipment. The Internet is an unregulated medium consisting of information on a wide range of topics provided by millions of individuals and organizations around the world.

In providing access to the Internet, the Las Vegas-Clark Country Library District subscribes to and fully supports the principles of intellectual freedom endorsed by the American Library Association´s Library Bill of Rights, particularly Access to Electronic Information Services and Resources, and Freedom to Read statements. The District´s Internet access is provided primarily as an information resource. Due to limited resources, the District may not subscribe to all aspects of the Internet.

Disclaimer
Links to Internet sites are provided on the District´s web site. Library District staff selects Internet links in accordance with the District's materials selections guidelines. Beyond this, the Library District has not participated in the development of these other sites and does not exert any editorial or other control over these sites. Providing a link from the Library District´s web site to another web site does not constitute an endorsement from the Library District.

The Library District is unable to warrant that its web site, the server that makes it available, or any links from its site to other web sites are free of viruses or other harmful components.

The Library District is unable to control or monitor the content or presentation of materials on the Internet, which change quickly and without warning. The Library District cannot be held responsible for the content of the Internet. Not all information found on the Internet is accurate, complete, up-to-date, and /or legally or philosophically acceptable to all individuals. The Library District assumes no responsibility and shall have no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential damages arising from the use of information found on the Internet, or any communications sent through the Library District's Internet workstations.

Access and Usage
The Library District does not provide e-mail accounts to users. In some cases, users with existing e-mail accounts may access their accounts through the Library District´s Internet workstations. The Library District assumes no responsibility and shall have no liability for any claims or damages that result from the provision of such access to users.

Use of the Library District´s Internet workstations for the transmission, dissemination and/or duplication of information is regulated under various state and federal laws. The Library District expects all users to comply with such laws.

All adult users of the Internet are required to comply with the provisions of the Library Rules of Conduct and administrative procedures for use of computer workstations developed in accordance with this policy. Failure to comply with these policies or guidelines may result in Internet use privileges being suspended.

Internet Access by Minor Children*
Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for their minor children's use of all library materials, including the Internet. Library District staff cannot monitor the Internet resources that minor children may select. A collection of age-appropriate Internet sites selected by Young People´s Librarians is included on the District's web site. These sites meet the same selection criteria used for the selection of other library materials for youth.

The Library District will provide filtering software on Young People´s Library computers in an attempt to limit access to age-appropriate Internet sites by 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.

Minor children may use filtered workstations without parental permission. 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.

Parents are encouraged to guide their minor child's use of the Internet and to read Child Safety on the Information Highway (www.safekids.com\/child_safety.htm), produced jointly by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association.

Wireless Access
By providing wireless network access to the Internet, the Library District expands its ability to provide information resources to the public. Wireless access is provided for use by the District's computers configured for wireless access as well as for use by a library patron´s personal computing equipment subject to the conditions outlined in this policy.

Wireless access to the Internet in District libraries is to conform to the general provisions outlined in this policy and use by library patrons is subject to the District´s Library Rules of Conduct. Failure to comply with these policies or guidelines may result in wireless network access privileges being suspended and the patron may be asked to leave library premises. Use which creates a disturbance or interferes with the ability of other patrons to use the library will not be tolerated.

Use of Personal Equipment
The District will provide configuration specifications about its wireless network for patron access in designated community libraries but does not provide technical support for individuals wishing to use their equipment in community libraries. District staff are not allowed to configure, diagnose or modify a library patron´s equipment to enable access to the District´s wireless network.

The District is not responsible for any damage to personal equipment or software that may occur as a result of using the District´s wireless network. In light of security issues and the variety of equipment that can be used to access wireless networks, the District urges patrons to incorporate appropriate protections systems such as anti-virus, firewall software and updated patches when accessing the Districts´ wireless network. The District does not provide encryption services and does not guarantee privacy of data transmitted across its network.

Wireless Internet Access by Minor Children*
Minors accessing the District´s wireless network are subject to all the restrictions contained in this policy. The District will provide filtered Internet access on the wireless network for minor children under the age of eighteen. This is the same filtering software used on computers in the District´s Young People´s areas. Anyone under the age of eighteen accessing the wireless network is required to use the filtered network unless they have a signed parental permission slip on file in the library allowing unfiltered access to the Internet. Minors who have parental approval to use the District´s unfiltered wireless network must use their computers in the adult areas of the library.

*Minor child is defined as minors under the age of eighteen.

 


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