The LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library
System provides access to the Internet as one means of fulfilling its mission to
“provide...free, unlimited access to a variety of information using the latest
technologies that will enrich the entire community and the enjoyment of our
patrons.” (from the Mission
Statement approved by the Leon County Board of
September 28, 1999
All Internet resources in the Library are provided equally to
all library users. The Library
follows the principles set forth in Access to Electronic Information,
Services, and Networks: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.
In providing public access to the
Internet, the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System makes no
warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the Internet access
it is providing. The Library is not responsible for the accuracy, nature, or
quality of information gathered through library-provided Internet access.
Users are prohibited from viewing or downloading of sexually
explicit Internet sites or images on library computers.
For personal safety, users must be cautious when using e-mail, chat
rooms, instant messaging, discussion groups and all other forms of
communication. Users may not make
unauthorized disclosure of, use of, or dissemination of a minor’s personal
information by means of the Internet, e-mail or any other electronic technology.
A minor must have the authorization of their parent or guardian to
disclose their own personal information.
In accordance with the federal Children’s Internet Protection
Act (CIPA) (Pub. L. 106-554), all Library computers are equipped with a
technology protection measure to filter and block access to images that are
obscene as defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code; or child
pornography, as defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or
harmful to minors as defined in section 1703, Pub. L. 106-554. It
is technically impossible to prevent access to all objectionable resources.
Filters are not 100% effective and may not filter images that should be
blocked, and conversely, may block images that should not be blocked.
Designated Library staff may, at their discretion, temporarily disable
the filter for adult Library users for lawful purposes.
The filtering software will not be disabled for minors.
designated guardians of minor children have the right and the responsibility to
direct the use of the Internet by their children.
Parents or designated guardians should personally oversee the use of the
Internet and other forms of electronic information by the children in their
Users of Library computing resources must
comply with federal and state laws,
and Library rules and policies, and terms of applicable contracts including
software licenses while using Library computing resources. Examples of
applicable laws, rules, and policies include the laws of libel, privacy,
copyright, trademark, obscenity, child pornography, the Florida Computer Crimes
Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the computer Fraud and Abuse Act
which prohibit “hacking”, “cracking” and similar activities.