FPL Internet Usage Policy
                                                                                                                                 
 

1. ACCESS TO INTERNET RESOURCES
 
 1.1 - The mission of the Friendswood Public Library (hereafter referred to as “Library”) is to provide appropriate informational, educational, recreational, and cultural materials (without regard to format) and programs, free to all citizens, property owners, or employees of this city.  In addition to serving the individual, the Friendswood Public Library seeks continually to identify and meet community needs through cooperation with and support of educational, civic, and cultural activities of groups, organizations, and institutions.  Thus the individual and the community are encouraged to promote, through guidance and stimulation, the communication of ideas.

 1.2 - Throughout its history the Friendswood Public Library has made information available in a variety of formats, from print to audiovisual materials.  The Library’s computer system provides the opportunity to integrate electronic resources from information networks around the world with the Library’s other resources.

 1.3 - The Internet, as an information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection.  It allows access to ideas, information and commentary from around the globe.

 1.4 - In introducing the Internet as an information resource, the Friendswood Public Library’s primary goals are to enhance its existing collection in size and depth and, as a public access agency, give any cardholder the opportunity to navigate the Internet in the library.

 1.5 - Library staff will identify specific starting points for searches on the Library’s home page which are appropriate to the Library’s mission and service roles.  The Library cannot control or monitor other material which may be accessible from Internet sources.

 1.6 - Since it is not possible to apply the same selection criteria which are used for other materials, individual users must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of the content they view.

2.  IN-LIBRARY ACCESS

 2.1 - The Library upholds and affirms the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected material.  The Library also affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of Library materials and resources.

 2.2 - The Library will provide Internet stations in the Library’s reference area.  Library staff is available to provide assistance and to help identify appropriate sites.  The user, however, is the selector in using the Internet, with individual choices and decisions.

3. CONDITIONS AND TERMS OF USE IN THE LIBRARY
 In an effort to ensure that the use of this medium is consistent with the Mission of the Friendswood Public Library the following regulations shall apply:

 3.1 - Designated Internet stations will be located where they can be monitored by staff for assistance and security.

 3.2 - Library staff cannot control, and will make no attempt to control, the availability of information links which often change rapidly and unpredictably.  Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information.  Users need to be good information consumers, always questioning the validity of the information.

 3.3 - Customers of the Library who use the Internet stations must sign a policy statement indicating the terms of access and the user’s responsibility.  Prospective users will sign an Internet Use Contract.  Youth under 16 years of age will be required to have parental or guardian permission to access the Internet.  Parents or a legal guardian must sign a policy statement granting access for their child to use the Internet station.  While the Library will make every effort to ensure that the use of the Internet is consistent with the Mission statement, parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting material that is consistent with personal and family values and boundaries as the Library assumes no responsibility in this regard.  Another important set of helpful suggestions for a child’s safety on the Internet is Child Safety on the Information Highway, reprinted and distributed with permission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

 3.4 - The Library will establish procedures that will make Internet stations available on a first come, first served appointment basis.

 3.5 - Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with the Guidelines for Using the Internet Access Computers policy which has been adopted by the Friendswood Public Library Board and is posted in the Library.  Note disclaimers for virus and access problems.

 3.6 - Failure to use the Internet stations appropriately and responsibly, as defined in the Internet Usage Policy and signed policy statements, may result in revocation of Internet use privileges.

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last updated 3/3/14