The Internet is a global information network through which a vast amount of information and opinion is available electronically. This resource expands considerably the Library’s ability to fulfill its mission. Internet access provides the Library with a means of delivering to its users electronic resources purchased for the Library’s collection, Internet access also provides the Library with the ability to connect to sites that it has determined to meet the selection criteria in the Library’s Materials Selection Policy.
Access to the Internet, however, allows users to reach sites that are well beyond the scope of the Library’s collections and the mission of the Library. Some uses of the Internet may not be legal and/or appropriate for a public library. Library users must exercise judgment in determining the reliability and appropriateness of the material they access on the Internet.
Library staff will intervene if user behavior is inappropriate, or material on display disruptive or illegal. “Library Standards of Acceptable Behavior” is attached.
The Library will support parents and caregivers in understanding the Internet, and how their children can use it safely. Printed materials and instruction will be available to help parents guide their children’s use.
By July 1, 2004 , in accordance with advice from the City Solicitor’s Office, the Library will comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Compliance includes the following:
- installing on all computers a “technology protection measure” (filter) that blocks or filters, for children (under 17), Internet access to visual depictions that are
- child pornography
- harmful to minors
- installing on all computers a “technology protection measure” (filter) that blocks or filters, for adults, Internet access to visual depictions that are
- child pornography
No filter or procedures can totally eliminate material which may be inappropriate for some children or offensive to some people. Parents are urged to monitor Internet use of their children just as they monitor their children’s reading.