DEPARTMENTS

Public Computers & Wi-Fi


Use of the public computers is limited to three hours per day on the adult computers, one hour per day on the teen computers and one hour per day on the children's computers.

Please read the information below regarding use of the library's computers, wi-fi and Internet access.

Wireless Internet Access 

Scottsbluff Public Library now has wireless Internet access available.  This service is offered as a courtesy to library users who have their own equipment.  Simply open your browser to connect to the Internet.  No passwords are required and visitors are welcome.

Library users can use their wireless-enabled laptop computers or PDAs to get Internet access throughout most of the building.  The system uses the WiFi standard (also known as IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g).  Connection speed will vary by location and number of users.  Most WiFi equipment will be compatible, however, the library can make no guarantees as to the compatibility of your equipment with the library's network.

Printing is not available for wireless users.  If you need to print, you will need to save the data to a CD-R or flash drive and move to one of the library's public access computers.  There is a $ 0.15 per page charge for printing.

Because of the vast array of wireless cards on the market, library staff will not be able to answer technical questions about your specific card configuration.  The library cannot guarantee that your equipment will work with the library's network and is not responsible for any changes you make to your computer's settings.

It is solely the responsibility of the wireless device owner/user to provide anti-virus protection, and to configure their laptop/PDA settings to provide the appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the Library and the Internet itself.  The Lied Scottsbluff Public Library cannot take responsibility for incorrect, insufficient or incomplete security settings, or lack of adequate or up-to-date virus protection.  Wireless users assume all risks in this regard.

The library assumes no responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of any kind to a user's equipment, software, data files or other personal property brought into or used at the Library.

Attention: The library's Internet Use Policy (below) also applies to wireless users.

Internet Policy 

Introduction

The Lied Scottsbluff Public Library offers access to information resources on the Internet in response to advances in technology and to the changing information needs of the community. Internet access is only one component of the library’s mission to provide the citizens of the area with quality service and timely, accurate and useful materials to support their informational, educational, spiritual, cultural and leisure needs. Special emphasis is placed on the library’s roles as the children’s door to learning, a technology and lifelong learning/reference center, and as a source for current and high demand, popular materials. 

The information and resources on the Internet make it possible for the library to expand and enhance the library’s resources.  Information, ideas and commentary can now be accessed from around the world in a matter of minutes.  Library users are reminded that they will continue to find specific, accurate and up-to-date information in the books, periodicals, federal and state documents, and CD-ROM databases housed in the library and from our skilled librarians. 

The Internet is currently an unregulated medium. While it offers access to a wealth of information that is personally, professionally and culturally enriching to people of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be inaccurate, disturbing, offensive and/or illegal. 

Providing access to the Internet has created a difficult dilemma for public libraries. On the one hand, the library has a commitment to the free flow of ideas and support for the First Amendment rights of library users by offering the widest range of resources as possible. On the other hand, the library’s role of selection is voided by the openness of the information on the Internet. There is serious concern being expressed about the availability of sexually explicit materials on the Internet that children might access or see while in the library. The Library Board agrees that these are legitimate concerns. 

The Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Board has tried to develop an approach to this dilemma that attempts to address both sides of the issue through the following guidelines. Persons under the age of 16 must have parental/guardian supervision to use the unfiltered Internet computers in the adult area of the library. Persons under the age of 16 may use the filtered Internet computers in the children’s area.   Parents/guardians are reminded, however, that no filtering software product on the market today is 100% effective in blocking every sexually explicit site since new ones are added every day from all over the world. The Board and staff cannot guarantee that unwanted material will not get past the filter or that there would not be other sites to which a parent/guardian might object. 

The library staff will continue to identify starting points for information searches, which are appropriate to the mission and service roles of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library and will include these on the library home page. Since the library cannot monitor nor control material that may be accessed through the Internet, it is not possible to apply the same selection criteria which are used for other materials added to the library’s in-house collection.  Users, whether children or adults, are the final selectors in using the Internet and are responsible for their individual choices and decisions.

Public Accessibility  Guidelines

  1. All workstations will be located in areas that can be easily seen by library staff.
  2. Any person, regardless of age or residency, may have access to the electronic resources at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library. Persons under the age of 16 must have parental supervision while using the unfiltered Internet computers.
  3. Persons under the age of 16 may use the filtered Internet computers in the Children’s Room.
  4. Use of computers will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Use of computers will follow the computer use guidelines that are available at the circulation desk.
  5. No more than two people are allowed at one computer station since space is limited and noise from group conversations is disruptive.
  6. Adults using computer workstations must continue to supervise all children accompanying them to the library.
  7. To ensure equitable delivery of library services, the amount of time that reference staff have to provide basic Internet instruction is limited and will not be available on Sundays nor during peak service hours.
  8. A central system printer is available and there will be a charge for each printed page.  Some documents on World Wide Web sites may be numerous pages in length; users are financially responsible for all printouts.
  9. Downloading or file transfer of any data over the Internet is strictly prohibited, except on the five OverDrive download stations.
  10. Users may not load any of their own software programs.
  11. Library customers will be able to access their own personal e-mail accounts through a web browser or telnet, but the library cannot supply e-mail addresses.
  12. The library does provide free wireless connectivity, which customers may use at their own risk. 
  13. Users are not permitted to display any visual images containing nudity, obscenity or    graphic violence.
  14. Failure to use the Internet stations appropriately and responsibly may result in revocation of Internet use privileges or library privileges, financial liability and/or criminal prosecution by local, State or Federal authorities.  Unacceptable use of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library’s electronic resources includes, but is not limited to, the following:

a) Use of any workstations to gain unauthorized access to the library’s network or computer systems or to any other network or computer system.

b) Obstructing other people’s work by consuming large amounts of system resources or by deliberately crashing any library computer system.

c) Violating copyright laws or software licensing agreements

d) Violating Federal, State or local laws or regulations

e) Making any attempt to damage computer equipment or software.

f) Using Internet access at the library for commercial or for-profit ventures.

g) Violating other guidelines in this Policy.

15. If Internet or library privileges are revoked, the following guidelines will be used.

a)      A minimum of one week for the first offense

b)      A minimum of three months for the second offense

c)      A minimum of six months for the third offense

d)     A written request to the Library Director is necessary to reinstate privileges.

16. The Library Director may, in his or her sole discretion, extend the period for which Internet or library privileges may be revoked, based on the violation and other relevant circumstances.  (See City Ordinance Section 10-1-4)

17. A person who has Internet privileges revoked may appeal the Library Director’s decision to revoke the privileges or deny reinstatement to the Library Board.  Any appeal must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the decision, which is being appealed.

Disclaimer

a) Since the Internet is an unregulated medium, the library has no control over the information or its quality, accuracy or currency.  The library assumes no responsibility for the content of any Internet site. Each individual should determine the appropriateness of the material for his or her own needs.

b) The library does not have the right or responsibility to act in loco parent is.  It is not the library’s policy to decide what ideas or information to which children and youth should be exposed.  Parents or legal guardians should provide guidance to their own children. Parents or legal guardians are solely responsible for their child’s, and only their child’s, use of the Internet. The library will offer suggestions on sites on the Internet that it believes will assist children and their parents in their search for information.

c) The Lied Scottsbluff Public Library will not assume any responsibility for damages, direct or indirect, arising from the use of electronic services, including the Internet.

Policy Revisions

This Internet Policy and all policies established for the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library are subject to review and revision as needed.

Adopted September 9, 1998
Revised August 9, 2000
Revised July 10, 2002
Revised October 8, 2003
Revised March 10, 2010