Internet Usage

A) Purpose and Disclaimer

The DeForest Area Public Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the internet. This service is made available as part of the library’s mission to provide access to the informational, recreational, and educational needs of the community in a variety of formats.

The internet offers access to a wide variety of sources, which may be professionally and personally enriching, but not all resources on the internet are accurate, complete, or up-to-date; therefore, the library assumes responsibility only for the information on its website. The library does not monitor, has no control over, and accepts no responsibility for the material in other sources on the internet.

B) Responsibilities of Users

In choosing and evaluating internet sources, users should evaluate them just as they do print materials, questioning the accuracy and completeness of the information. Users must search the internet at their own risk, realizing that beyond the library’s website and supporting documents, they may encounter material they find offensive.

In supervising children’s use of the internet, parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding what materials are appropriate for their children. Restriction of a child’s access to the internet is the parents’ or guardians’ responsibility. Parents or guardians are responsible for supervising their children’s internet sessions and for letting their children know if there are materials they don’t want them to use.

C) Legal and Acceptable Uses

The primary purpose of the library’s internet computers is to supplement its print and electronic collections of information materials. The stations are not intended to be used for any activities that do not correspond to the library’s service program.

People may only use the library’s computers for legal purposes.

Examples of unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following: harassment of other users or of violation of their privacy; libeling, slandering, or maliciously offending other users; violation of copyright laws or software licensing agreements; obstruction of other people’s work by overuse of system resources; attempting to crash, degrade performance of, or gain unauthorized access to the library’s computer system and networks; and damaging equipment, software, or data belonging to the library or other users.

The display of graphical content of some web pages may be subject to regulation by Village Ordinance.

Exposing children to harmful materials is a violation of Section 948.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Violations of these policies may result in loss of internet or library privileges. Illegal uses of computers may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.