Internet Use Policy

Acceptable Use Statement

Smithers Public Library provides access to the Internet in support of the Library’s role to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, educational, informational and recreational needs of the diverse community. The Library offers access to the World Wide Web on the Internet. There are no downloading capabilities.

The Internet provides access to a wealth of information that can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching. There is no central control over Internet content or users. Because the Internet is a vast and unregulated information network, it also enables access to ideas, information, images and commentary beyond the confines of the Library’s collection, mission, selection criteria and collection development policies. Because of this and because sites on the Internet change often, rapidly, and unpredictably, the Library cannot protect users from information and images they might find offensive or disturbing.

Smithers Public Library strives to balance the rights of users to access a wide range of information resources with the rights of users to work in a public environment free from harassing sounds and visuals. We ask you to remain sensitive to the fact that you are working in a public space shared by people of all ages, with a variety of information interests and needs.

Parental Responsibility and Child Safety on the Internet

As with other library materials, parents or guardians are responsible for supervising their children’s selection of information on the Internet. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information. The library suggests that parents who are concerned about the types of materials available on the Internet work with their young children as they explore Internet sites and help them select resources consistent with their family’s values and boundaries.

Disclaimer

Not all the information available via the Internet is accurate, current or complete. Users are encouraged to exercise critical judgment in evaluating the validity of information accessed via the Internet. The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet. Smithers Public Library cannot be held liable for any information that may be lost, damaged or unavailable due to technical or other difficulties.

Responsible Use of the Internet

  • Using the Library’s Internet resources for cultural, educational, informational, and recreational purposes.
  • Refraining from ILLEGAL, INAPPROPRIATE, or UNETHICAL use of the Internet.
  • Refraining from attempting to alter or damage computer equipment, software configurations, or files belonging to the Library, other users, or external networks.
  • Refraining from attempting unauthorized entry into the Library’s network or to any other computer system.
  • Refraining from behavior which interferes with or disrupts other users, services or procedures.
  • Refraining from libeling, slandering or otherwise harassing others.
  • Refraining from distributing unsolicited advertising or propagation of computer viruses.
  • Refraining from using the Internet for activities which in any way would embarrass the Smithers Public Library.
  • Refraining from violating copyright, software license agreements or communication laws.
  • Refraining from the use of chatlines

Violation of these conditions of use may result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use these resources. Any illegal activity involving the Library’s Internet resources will be subject to prosecution by the appropriate authorities.

Smithers Public Library Computer Use Policy

3.7.0 Services of the Library – Internet

3.7.1 The Library will provide Internet access as a complement to other information resources and to enhance access to electronic services. patrons who do not abide by the Library’s Internet Acceptable Use Statement may be denied access to the Library’s Internet workstations.

3.7.2 Children under 16 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign, in the presence of a library staff member, a computer use agreement that will be kept on file. A minor’s computer use card will be issued to each child who has a signed agreement on filr. The computer use card must be presented prior to the child using the library’s public access computers.