Internet, Network, Technology & Electronic Mail Policy

5.1 Internet, Network, Technology & Electronic Mail Policy

PDF Version BOE Approved: 2/12/2013
The purpose of library technology and Internet access is to support library services, research and education. To remain eligible as technology users, library patrons and staff must restrict their activities to endeavors that are consistent with the services of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. Internet access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility. The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library will comply with all current state and federal laws.
5.1.3 The Internet

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (herein sometimes referred to as "KCKPL") is pleased to offer its employees, patrons, volunteers, and authorized visitors ("Users") access to the Internet, an electronic highway connecting millions of users all over the world. This computer technology allows patrons to access and use resources from distant computers and significantly expand their available information base. The Internet is a tool for life-long learning. It is a necessary tool for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library in providing services to all library patrons.

5.1.4 Library Service Objectives

In making decisions regarding access to the Internet, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library considers its own mission, goals, and objectives. Access to the Internet enables patrons and employees to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources around the world.

The Library expects that employees will provide Internet guidance and instruction to patrons in its use. As part of its Internet service, the Library will provide directed access to Internet resources that have been reviewed by library staff, and will provide instruction in the evaluation and use of Internet resources that patrons access individually.

The Internet is a global electronic network, and there is no governmental control of its users or content. The Internet and its available resources may contain material of a controversial nature, and KCKPL does not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information and library staff cannot control the availability of information links that often change rapidly and unpredictably. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information they find. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's use of computer resources and of the Internet through the Library's connection. The Library will not provide service or support for personal computers. Internet Safety

Safety and security in accessing the Internet require users to be cautious, thoughtful, protective of personal information, and respectful of library policy and state and federal laws. Users must be careful not to expose themselves to dangerous situations.

Library equipment may not be used to make unauthorized disclosure of, use of, or dissemination of a minor's personal information by means of the Internet, e-mail or any other electronic technology without the permission of the minor's parent. A minor must have the authorization of their parent or guardian to disclose their own personal information.

5.1.5 Privacy is not Guaranteed

The Director of Libraries and appointed designees may review files and monitor all computer and Internet activity to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are acting responsibly. Privacy is not guaranteed.

5.1.6 Use is a Privilege

Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Users violating policies pertaining to standards of conduct or Internet use shall be subject to revocation of privileges and/or potential appropriate legal action.

5.1.7 Liability

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library makes no assurances of any kind, whether expressed or implied, regarding any Internet services provided. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's own risk. The library will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including -- but not limited to -- loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service. The library will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through library provided Internet access. The library will not be responsible for personal property used to access library computers or network for library-provided Internet access. The library will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from library-provided access to the Internet.

5.1.8 Modifications

The Director of Libraries is authorized to amend or revise the KCKPL Internet and Computer Technology Acceptable Use procedures as deemed necessary and appropriate consistent with this policy.