Internet Use Policy

The Emerson Public Library and Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) are responsible for securing its network and computing systems to a reasonable and aconomically feasible degree against unauthorized access and/or abuse, while making them accessible for current BCCLS card holders. This responsibility includes informing internet users of expected standards of conduct and the disciplinary or legal consequences for not adhering to them. Any attempt to violate the provisions of this policy will result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to temporary revocation of the library internet service, regardless of the success or failure of the attempt. Permanent revocation can result from disciplinary actions taken by the Library Board of Trustees called upon to investigate network abuses.
The users of the Library Internet service are responsible for respecting and adhering to local, state, federal and international laws. Any attempt to break those laws through the use of the network may result in litigation against the offender by the proper authorities. If such an event should occur, this organization will fully comply with authorities to provide any information necessary for the litigation process.

SECTION 1: GENERAL COMPUTING POLICY

Use of the Internet Serivice is unlimited, as long as no other patron is waiting to use a computer. Once a person begins to use this service and is accessing the network, they are solely responsible for all actions taken while on the network. The responsibility for all actions taken while on the network of any person under the age of 18 rests solely with the parents or legal guardian. In connection therewith, a parent or legal guardian shall be required to sign the network responsibility contract applicable to all users in Grades 8 and under. It will be the responsibility of the users parent to pay any fees accrued by that user at the time they are registered to use the computer. Therefore, the following actions are prohibited:

1.1 Registering to use the Internet Network Navigator under false pretense;
1.2 Sharing your time on the computer with another person. If you do share your time you will be soley responsible for any abuse by that person;
1.3 Deleting, examining, copying, or modifying of files and or data belonging to the Emerson Public Library and Bergen County Cooperative Library System without their prior consent;
1.4 Attempting to evade or change resouce quotas;
1.5 Impeding other users through mass consumption of system resources, after receipt of a request to cease such activity;
1.6 Using facilities and/or services for unauthorized commercial purposes;
1.7 Any unauthorized, deliberate action which damages or disrupts a computing system or network, alters its normal performance, or causes a malfunction regardless of system location or time duration;
1.8 Downloading of any material is prohibited. Material can be printed through the printer at $0.15 per page.

SECTION 2: ELECTRONIC MAIL POLICY

Electronic mail (“E-mail”) is an electronic message sent by or to a user in correspondence with another person having E-mail access. Electronic mail service is available to users of this system using free E-mail services on the Internet. In the event that the following actions occur, disciplinary action will be taken against the user.
The following actions are prohibited:

2.1 Forging or attempting to forge electronic mail messages;
2.2 Attempting to read, delete, copy, modify, or view without permission, any E-mail messages that are not in your mailbox;
2.3 Attempting to send harassing, obscene and/or threatening E-mail to another user;
2.4 Attempting to send unsolicited junk mail, “for profit” messages, or chain letters.

SECTION 3: NETWORK AND COMPUTING SYSTEM SECURITY

A user of the network may be allowed to access only authorized networks of the computer systems attached to those networks. Therefore, the following are prohibited:

3.1 Using systems and/or networks in an attempt to gain unauthorized access to remote systems;
3.2 Using systems or networks to connect to other systems evading the physical limitations of the local or remote system;
3.3 Decrypting system or user passwords;
3.4 Copying system files;
3.5 Duplicating copyrighted materials, such as third-party software, without the express written permission of the owner or the proper license;
3.6 Attempting to “crash” network systems or programs;
3.7 Attempting to secure a higher level of privilege on network systems;
3.8 Willfully introducing computer “viruses”, disruptive, or destructive programs into the organization network or into external networks.

The Emerson Public Library and Bergen County Cooperative Library System are the owners of this system. BCCLS, as the system administrator, has access to all files. Therefore, users should have no expectations or privacy with respect to said files. Although the system administrator will not normally inspect the contents of files or E-mail without the consent of the sender, they will do so if required by law or policies of the Emerson Public Library, or to investigate complaints regarding files or E-mail which is alleged to contain defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material. Further, the Emerson Public Library is obligated to cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to any E-mail transmitted on or misuses of the network and computing systems.

Reprinted in part from W. Morgan, University of Kentucky, A.H. Rinaldi, Florida Atlantic University and Northern Valley Regional High School Board Of Education.

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