Internet and Computers

Computers at the Library

Computers are available for access to library resources, the Internet and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint.) Library users must log in at a reservation station in either the Children’s Room or Reference Department using their library card number. Patrons will be allowed to use Internet computers for a one-hour time period and may sign on for additional time only when workstations are available.

By using any Internet Computer at the Peabody Institute Library, Danvers, you agree to abide by the rules established in our Internet Policy (see below) and may lose your internet privileges if you do not follow the rules.

Internet and Workstation Use Policy

Philosophy

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers provides Internet access to the public in order to make available a vast array of information resources. An interconnected network of networks, the Internet offers a collection of materials made available by millions of sources across the globe. These files enable libraries to provide information and ideas often not otherwise available, supplementing local holdings. While much of the information on the Internet is of great value to researchers there may be material that is offensive or disturbing to some individuals. Not all sources on the Internet provide information that is current, accurate, or complete. The Library is unable to control or monitor the content of the materials on the Internet.

These rules have been drafted in accordance with the Library Bill of Rights and freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Library reserves the right to regulate the use of workstations in any manner deemed consistent with the intent of these procedures and further reserves the right to terminate a workstation session at any time. In addition, the Library reserves the right to modify the above and/or develop procedures that are deemed appropriate and in the best interest of promoting and enforcing the intent of this policy.

Procedure

  1. Anyone wishing to use a computer workstation with Internet access must have a valid library card account issued by a NOBLE library. At login you will be given 60 minutes of computer time and may receive additional time up to four hours per day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and up to two hours per day Friday and Sunday if computers are available. No extensions beyond this time will be granted except in special cases and only at the discretion of the Head of Reference, Assistant Head of Reference or the Librarian In Charge.
  2. These procedures apply to all public workstations with Internet access.
  3. Users violating these procedures for use will be asked to stop. If the violation continues, the user will forfeit the right to use the workstation and may be asked to leave the Library.
  4. The Library reserves the right to further restrict computer use if excessive time by an individual prevents others from access to a workstation.
  5. Users will pay promptly for all paper they generate from the printer. The cost for copies is $.05 per page.
  6. For more information on public computer use procedures see our PC Reservation and Computer Signup FAQs

These procedures have been drafted in accordance with the Library Bill of Rights and freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Library reserves the right to regulate the use of workstations in any manner deemed consistent with the intent of these procedures and further reserves the right to terminate a workstation session at any time. In addition, the Library reserves the right to modify these procedures and/or develop procedures that are deemed appropriate and in the best interest of promoting and enforcing the intent of this policy.

Rules of Conduct

Library employees are authorized to take prompt and appropriate actions to enforce the Rules of Conduct and/or to prohibit use by persons who fail to comply with the Internet Use Policy as stated or implied herein.

  1. Minors/Adults shall NOT access material that is obscene or pornographic (which includes but is not limited to child pornography and material which is harmful to minors or is otherwise inappropriate).
  2. Minors/Adults shall NOT use Library resources to engage in hacking or attempts to otherwise compromise system security.
  3. Minors/Adults shall NOT engage in any illegal activities on the Internet.
  4. Minors/Adults should use caution in their use of electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications, as these forms of communications can expose Minors/Adults to dangerous situations.
  5. Minors/Adults should never disclose personal information, such as name, school, address and telephone numbers to strangers on the Internet.
  6. Installation and/or modification of software is prohibited.
  7. Users will follow copyright laws and licensing agreements.
  8. Users will respect the privacy of other users.
  9. Any restrictions on a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the child’s parent or legal guardian.
  10. Any user who damages equipment will be responsible for the cost required to return the equipment to proper operation.

Peabody Institute Library of Danvers
Adopted by Library Trustees, October 2006

Internet Filters

The internet is a dynamic resource containing vast amounts of information. Many of the sites on the internet provide a wealth of information for researchers and the general public. However, some sites may be considered offensive.

Currently, there are no filters which block all potentially offensive sites. In fact, many filters inadvertently block sites which contain valid and valuable information.

After careful examination and consideration of the issue, the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers voted not to filter the computers at the Library.

This decision was reached based on the ALA Resolution on Filtering Software in Libraries(1997), public input, and this library’s experience.

As part of this decision, computers for the general library user are placed in very public locations.

Ad Hoc Committee: 5/04
Thomas Standring
Reni Conte
Melanie Carver
Vanessa Dagley
Bill Franklin
Donna Maturi
Douglas Rendell
Sarah Woo

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