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December 16, 2017
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Library Board Policies - Internet Use

Preamble

Internet access is available on selected public terminals for all users of the Halton Hills Public Library.  The Library also provides free wireless Internet service.  Access to the Internet is compatible with the Halton Hills Public Library Board’s endorsement of the Canadian Library Association’s Statement of Intellectual Freedom (Appendix 5).

The Internet allows users to connect to a vast array of resources.  Halton Hills Public Library has no control over these resources nor does the library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Information on the Internet may be comprehensive, reliable and current, or it may be inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date, or inappropriate. Since the Internet is an unregulated medium, users access the Internet at their own discretion.  Knowledgeable staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits but cannot offer personal instruction.

Content filters can be activated on the stations. However, such filters are not fool-proof and do not guarantee that potentially offensive material will be blocked. Conversely and more importantly, filters may also prevent access to useful material.  Content filters are activated on all stations located within the Children’s Department.

Illegal Use

Patrons are subject to federal, provincial and municipal legislation regulating Internet use, including the provisions of the Criminal code relating to obscenity, child pornography, sedition and the incitement of hate.  Users must also refrain from any actions, which might cause them to be civilly liable, e.g., using e-mail to defraud, harass or defame others.

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Any person who uses:

a)      A computer system owned, operated and/or controlled by the library; and/or

b)      An Internet connection owned, controlled and/or provided by the library (including any wireless connection),

must carry out his or her activities in a manner that is compliant with CASL.

Any person who contravenes this part shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the library and its directors, officers, employees, agents and trustees, from and against any and all complaints, claims, actions or demands, disclosure requests, compliance notices, administrative monetary penalties, fines, damages, injunctive relief, class actions, legal fees, expert fees and disbursements.

Inappropriate Use

Patrons must bear in mind that they are accessing the Internet in a public area shared by people of all ages.  As such, the Library reserves the right to ask individuals to refrain from displaying disturbing or offensive imagery.

Parents or guardians of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet.

Unauthorized Use

Patrons must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the computer system or try to change or damage the hardware, software or system infrastructure.

Violation of the Policy

Patrons not adhering to the Library’s Internet Use Policy will have their Internet privileges revoked. Those who use the Library’s Internet stations for illegal purposes will be subject to prosecution.

Library Responsibilities

The Library staff will:

·         Allow all workstations to be available to any person, regardless of age;

·         Provide assistance to users whenever time and knowledge permits;

·         Recommend links to reputable Internet resources;

·         Make patrons aware of the Internet Use Policy through signage and other publicity;

·         Make every effort to ensure compliance to the Internet Use Policy;

·         Take reasonable measures to protect the privacy and confidentiality of Internet users.

Given the nature of the Internet:

·         The Library assumes responsibility only for the information provided on its web pages

(www.hhpl.on.ca);

·         The Library  cannot guarantee stable web site links as they change rapidly;

·         The Library assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect damages arising from the use of its connection to the Internet.

Patron Responsibilities

All library patrons are expected to use the Internet in a responsible manner and to comply with the following:

·         Patrons are not to engage in any illegal activity;

·         Parents or guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s Internet use;

·         Patrons are responsible for questioning the validity and appropriateness of any information found on the Internet;

·         Patrons need to be sensitive to the fact that stations are located in public areas, shared by people of all ages;

·         Patrons are to avoid displaying images, which may be deemed disturbing or offensive;

·         Patrons must not wilfully abuse or damage the computer software, hardware or equipment in any way.

Reviewed/Approved: October 4, 2017

Revised/Approved: January 14, 2015

Next Scheduled Review: February 2022