We offer 16 computers for public use. All computers have high-speed internet access and can print to monochrome or color laser printers. Patrons must read and agree to an Internet Use Policy before using the computers.

Computer/Internet Policy for Patron Access

The C. E. Weldon Public Library is pleased to offer use of the Internet as part of the library’s mission of providing free and open access to materials and services as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the Martin area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource. The library’s computer system provides the opportunity to integrate resources from around the world with the library’s other resources.

In order to offer quality Internet service to all of our patrons, potential users must agree to follow the policy guidelines outlined below.

Computers are available to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for use of the computer; however, in order to make the service available to as many patrons as possible, a time limit for usage will be imposed. That time limit is 60 minutes, with this exception. If there is at least one computer available, your time can be extended with staff permission. The staff reserves the right to ask you to leave the workstation, if you have been on the computer longer than an hour and all computers are in use.

Library staff is available for general assistance in using the computer. However, staff is not expected to train patrons in the use of application programs. Tutorial manuals will be provided when available.

A printer is available. Copies will cost $.15 per sheet black and white, and $.50 color and must be paid for at the conclusion of the session, with the exception of students who are given the first 5 pages free for educational research.

Responsibility

As with all library resources, the library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to determine and monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

There is no age limit for use of any materials provided on the Internet.

Parents or legal guardians who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use and must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s Internet service.

Prior to being granted access to the Internet, a parent or legal guardian must sign the Internet Use Agreement for children under 18 years of age.

Access to the Internet is available to all patrons; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines.

All users must check out the computer at the circulation desk, just as you would check out a book. Each prospective Internet user must be registered as a patron of the library and must present identification that is current. When finished, the user must check the computer back in by telling the staff at the circulation desk that they are finished.

Disclaimer

The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the world. Information access through the Internet is not warranted by the library to be accurate, authoritative, factual, or complete. It is the patron’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of any materials found on the Internet.

Internet resources may contain material of a controversial nature. Selection policies that serve to govern the library’s purchase of materials are not applicable to protect users from offensive information. It is the responsibility of the user, parent or legal guardian to determine what is appropriate. The C. E. Weldon Public Library does not monitor or have control over content on the Internet. Therefore, library patrons are advised to exercise critical judgment when using information from the Internet. The library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from use of its connection to the Internet.

Expectations

Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic informational resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet. Users are expected to abide by the policies below, which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette.

Privacy and confidentiality

The library does not monitor an individual’s use of any sites except for length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity to access for everyone, or when material displayed on the screen in not appropriate in a public environment and user responsibilities are violated.

In general, the library will treat information on computers as confidential. Requests for disclosure of information regarding an individual’s use will be honored only if approved by the library director, when authorized by the owners of the information, or when required by local, state, and federal law.

Guidelines for acceptable use

In accordance with the Tennessee Code Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 9, sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics, which may be reasonably construed as obscene by community standards, is prohibited, regardless of age. Any patron violating this guideline will be asked to immediately leave the workstation, and any further Internet access will be denied.

Users must accept all U. S. copyright laws and licensing agreement pertaining to software, files, and other resources obtained via the Internet.

Downloading of images or files from the Internet to the computer’s hard drive is strictly prohibited. Patrons may either bring in a floppy disk, recordable compact disc, or other portable storage device, or purchase one from the circulation desk. Unknown files will be purged from the computer periodically. Any patron violating this guideline will be asked to immediately leave the workstation, and any further Internet access will be denied.

All federal, state and local laws remain in effect. This includes, but is not limited to laws governing copyrights, gambling, and display of pornographic materials. Any patron violating this guideline will be asked to immediately leave the workstation, and any further Internet access will be denied. The patron may also be subject to criminal prosecution.

The library will conform to all local, state, and federal laws regarding minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.

The Library uses filtering software in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, to prevent access to visual depictions that are: obscene, child pornography, or “harmful to minors”. Minors are children or young people under the age of age 17. The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h] [7], as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals.

Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

Filtering software is not foolproof. Filters often block access to sites that users would consider both inoffensive and useful. If you do not find what you need, please do not hesitate to ask a librarian to unblock the filtered site.

All Internet users should avoid disclosing personal information over the Internet to preserve their own personal safety. Library Internet users are prohibited by law from disclosing, using, or disseminating personal information regarding minors without written authorization of the parent or legal guardian of the minors involved.

Engaging in any of the following activities is a violation of this policy: libeling or slandering others, uploading a worm, virus, of other harmful form of programming or vandalism, participating in hacking activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.

Internet users are prohibited from using the library computers to compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications. Such use includes, but is not limited to: giving others private information about one’s self or others or arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has met on the Internet without a parent or legal guardian’s permission.

Virus Warning

Although the library uses a program that checks for viruses, there is no guarantee that files downloaded from the Internet will not contain a virus. The library is not responsible for any damages that may arise from saving or downloading files to a diskette or other portable storage device.

Violations

The user’s access to the library’s computer network and Internet is a privilege, not a right. Misuse of the library’s computers will result in the loss of computer privileges, and possible criminal prosecution.