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Internet Use and Safety Policy

Adopted June 24, 1996 by the Board of Trustees
Revised June 22, 1998
Revised September 24, 2001
Revised January 21, 2003
Revised May 24, 2004
Revised April 25, 2005

Internet Use and Safety Policy

The mission of the Sno-Isle Libraries is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and life long learning and to be a center for people, ideas and culture.

The Library District actively seeks ways to use technology effectively to improve public library service. To provide the best possible library service, the Library District offers information from print, media, and electronic resources, including selected databases and the Internet.

In providing these resources, the Library District affirms its continued commitment to its users to provide open access to information and ideas, within the bounds of the existing law. The same standards of intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality endorsed by the American Library Association and incorporated in the Library District policy on Collection Development, the Library Bill of Rights, and the Washington Library Association Intellectual Freedom Statement shall be applied to electronic media as well as other library materials.

The Internet enables the Library District to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. Since the Internet is an unregulated global computer network, the Library District cannot control, monitor, or endorse the content of information, ideas, or opinions found within the medium.

Not all of the sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or up-to-date information. The Internet also enables access to material that may be controversial and / or offensive. The Library District assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of its connection to Internet services. Library District staff will not monitor the use of Internet access in any way other than as directed by the Disruptive Behavior Policy.

The Library District complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). All library owned computers with Internet access, including staff computers, will operate with filtering technology that, to the extent technically possible:

  • Prevents access to visual depictions that are obscene, and
  • Prevents access to child pornography, and
  • Prevents access to visual depictions that are harmful to minors.

All children (under the age of 17) using library owned computers may only access filtered Internet. Any user, 17 or older, upon request, may select unfiltered access when using a library computer.

All Internet access computers located in or near the children's area of each community library will be equipped with filtering software that blocks access to potentially offensive material, including email and online chat.

As with all other library sources, children's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the child's parent or guardian. Children and their parents should discuss the child's use of email, online chat, and disclosure of personal information over the Internet.

Individuals using their own digital communication devices (e.g. computers, personal digital assistants, MP3 players) can access the Internet directly via wireless technology in community libraries. Such wireless Internet access is not routed through the library's computer system. Therefore, individuals using their own equipment who desire filtered access to the Internet must provide their own filtering software.

Any user wishing to appeal elements of this policy shall complete the Library District's Request for Reconsideration of Internet Policy form. The review will proceed in three stages, as necessary:

  • A staff member will promptly acknowledge receipt of the Request for Reconsideration of Internet Policy form and will provide a written response to what is stated in the completed form.
  • If the staff response does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the individual may submit a written request for a review of the Policy by the Executive Director. The Executive Director will provide a written response to the request for review within forty-five (45) business days.

If the Director's response does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the individual may request an appeal to the Library Board of Trustees. Such request shall be submitted in writing to the Director. The Board of Trustees will hear public comment on an appeal by the second regularly scheduled Board meeting from the date request is received. A decision will be made by the Board at a regularly scheduled meeting at such time as the Board feels fully prepared to consider such decision. If a decision is not made at the second regularly scheduled Board meeting, the individual will be notified in writing as to when the Board is prepared to reconsider such decision and will also be informed in writing as to the Board's decision. Resources under question will remain available during the review process.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
- Henry Ward Beecher