Internet Access Policy
The Monona Public Library offers its patrons access to the Internet from LINK terminals and Internet workstations in the Library and computer lab.
The library does not monitor and has no control over the information found through the Internet and is not responsible for its content, timeliness, or accuracy. While the Internet and the World Wide Web provide a vast and valuable variety of information and resources, not all sources on the Internet are accurate, complete or up-to-date. It is possible that individuals might access information that they find offensive or disturbing to themselves or their children. The Internet is a global entity that does not fall under the control or governance of any single agency, government or organization. The availability of networked information via library computers does not constitute the library's endorsement of the content of that information. The library does not warrant information found on the Internet to be accurate, authoritative, factual, timely or useful for patrons' purposes. If any patron believes that information obtained via library terminals is inaccurate or offensive, the patron should contact the original producer or distributor of the information.
The Library does not select the material on the Internet and has no means or statutory authority to assure that only constitutionally protected material is available on the Internet. The authority to determine what is illegal content rests with the courts as defined in Wisconsin and Federal statutes.
Access, use, or dissemination of information via the Internet in the Library
is the responsibility of the user. In the case of minors, it is a joint responsibility
of the user and the parent or guardian. Because parents or guardians may feel
that information available through the Internet is not suitable for viewing
by children in their care, supervision is advised.
The library may set time limits so that all patrons seeking access will have an appropriate opportunity. The library reserves the right to end an Internet session when time limits are exceeded.
As it does with other library resources, the Library will provide training on electronic resources. It will also make information available to help parents and guardians in their efforts to exercise their rights and responsibilities regarding their own children's use of electronic resources.
The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent). Librarians cannot act in the place of parents in providing constant care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. The Monona Public Library supports the right of each family to decide what is appropriate Internet use for its children. The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests with parents or guardians.
The following are recommended guidelines for parents and guardians to ensure that children have positive online experiences, whether at home or in the library.
The library's computers may be used only for legal purposes. Users of all ages must abide by the following restrictions. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:
These restrictions also apply in email and chat room environments accessed through library computers. If an individual or group of Internet users creates a disturbance that limits the effective use of the library by others, they will be asked to correct their behavior, disband, and/or leave the building as appropriate.
U.S. Copyright law (Title 17 US Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted material, except as permitted by the principles of fair use. Users may not copy or distribute electronic materials, including electronic mail, text, images, programs or data, without the explicit permission of the copyright holder. Any responsibility for the consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user. The library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use. The 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.
This policy will be reviewed and amended, if needed, on at least an annual basis.
Approved November 20, 1996
Revised June 19, 2002