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Internet Use and Safety Policy

Internet Use and Safety Policy

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Policy

Mission

We engage and inspire our communities through equitable access to knowledge and resources.

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 minors (under the age of 17) using library owned computers may only access library computers with filtered Internet. 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 non-library purchased online chat.

All library owned computers with filtered Internet access 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.

As with all other library sources, minors’ access to the Internet is the responsibility of the minor's parent or guardian. Minors and their parents should discuss the minor’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.

Policy History

Date approved: 2/2019
Next review date: 2/2023
Adopted: 1996

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