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Computer and Internet Access

JCLS connects people to the Internet and the computer access they need for homework, job searches, and information.

Internet Use and Safety Policy

Adopted by the Jackson County Library District Board on December 10, 2015, a public hearing/meeting following public notice on December 4, 2015.

This policy clarifies the use of Internet resources by staff, volunteers and the public in facilities operated by Jackson County Library Services (JCLS).

Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) endeavors to provide collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational and educational needs of the diverse communities it serves. Within this context, JCLS offers access to the Internet for both staff and members of the public.

The Internet is a global resource. Resources available on the Internet supplement and complement the collection and resources available at JCLS facilities. JCLS does not monitor and has no control over the information available over the Internet. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature. Users should note that not all Internet sources provide accurate, complete or current information.

It is the policy of Jackson County Library Services to:

  • Prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of obscene material via Internet, electronic mail or other forms of direct electronic communications.
  • Prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity.
  • Prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
  • Comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

All Library computers with Internet access use a technology protection measure to block, filter or otherwise protect against access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors and to any other materials considered obscene for or harmful to minors.

The filter’s purpose is to block access to sites patrons may find objectionable for themselves or their children, such as those that are obscene, or which otherwise may be deemed as harmful to minors. No filter can guarantee total success in this objective.

Patrons who are 17 years of age and over may, at their request, have the technology protection measure disabled during their use to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. Procedures for disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures (for use by adults) shall be the responsibility of the Library Director or designated representatives.

JCLS provides free wireless Internet access in all libraries. Wireless Internet access is filtered, and all Library policies concerning legal, acceptable and safe use of computers and the Internet apply.

Library users should not have an expectation of privacy when using any form of electronic media through JCLS computers or wireless access points.

Supervising Computer Use by Children:

Access for all patrons under age 17 will be filtered. Filtering software may not block all material users find offensive. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of content for their children. Library staff cannot know the maturity level and family values of each patron. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for determining what materials are appropriate for use by the children and young adults (under 17) for whom they are responsible. Consent given on the part of parents or legal guardians for a library card constitutes acknowledgment by the parents or guardians that they have a responsibility for monitoring their child’s use of all library resources, including the public computers.

The following are recommended guidelines for parents and guardians to ensure that children have positive online experiences, whether at home or at the library.

  • Explore the wide range of available information and tell your children about sites you consider inappropriate for them.
  • Provide guidelines for your children on the amount of time they spend online, just as for television viewing.
  • Teach children to never give out personal identification information (name, address, password, telephone number, social security number, credit card number) about themselves or others without first asking a parent for permission.
  • Teach children to be good online consumers. As with print information, consider the source, date, and accuracy of online information.
  • Teach minors to exercise discretion and caution when communicating using the Internet, electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications in order to remain safe and secure (e.g. avoidance of predators, cyber-bullying, and scams).
  • American Library Association (ALA) Great Websites for Kids. The American Library Association offers a list of great safe sites for kids.