"'Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for
self-government. Freedom of expression encompasses the freedom of speech and the
corollary right to receive information. These rights extend to children as well
as to adults. Libraries and librarians exist to facilitate these rights by
providing access to, identifying, retrieving, organizing, and preserving
recorded expression regardless of the formats or technologies in which that
expression is recorded." (American Library Association, Access to Electronic
Information, Services, and Networks)
II. Electronic Resources and Users
Use of electronic resources is considered a privilege and is intended primarily
for information and research. Equal access to that information is a cornerstone
of the library's mission. These online resources contain a wealth of valuable
information resources. However, users should be aware that some information
might be inaccurate, outdated, or offensive. Your use of these resources carries
with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed.
Parents, not the Library, are responsible for the use of these resources by
their children. The Grant Parish Library assumes that children coming unattended
to the Library have parental permission to use all of its services and
facilities, including the Internet.
Use of the workstations is on a first come, first served basis. There is,
however, a 30 minute time limit. Users must sign in before using the
Library staff will be glad to assist patrons in using the workstations as
their work schedule permits. Because of the many applications available, library
staff may not always be familiar with specific programs patrons wish to use. In
these cases the patron is responsible for learning how to use the programs,
library staff cannot provide technical instruction for any programs other than
software loaded onto the library's workstations.
III. Prohibited Uses
Workstation use is a privilege. It may not be used for illegal, unauthorized,
unethical or commercial purposes.
Manipulation of internal hardware and or software is strictly prohibited,
including uploading of any software. Perpetrators of malicious damage to the
system will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Transmitting or downloading any material in violation of state or federal law
is not permitted. It is not permitted to send, receive, or display text or
graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene. Patrons may not copy or
download any material in violation of copyright law.
The library is mindful of its commitment to the principles of freedom of
access, but sensitive to the fact that the library workstations are in a public
location subject to view by a wide audience. Without wishing to censor access,
Grant Parish Library staff has the right to determine appropriateness of
workstation use and can, at any time, require the patron to leave the
workstation. Patrons who refuse to abide by the Library's Electronic Resources
Access Policy will lose the privilege of using the workstations. Since
workstations are in the public area, patrons may be asked to leave a workstation
if graphical or textual materials display is offensive.
Prohibited uses will result in the loss of workstation privileges. The first
offense will result in the loss of use for the reminder of the day. The second
offense will result in loss of use for one week. The third offense will result
in loss of use of the workstations permanently or at the discretion of the
Director. Appeals of such should be made to the Director.
Filtering software can limit access to potentially objectionable materials.
Reflecting community standards and in compliance with the Children's Internet
Protection Act, filtering software is installed on all public workstations.
However, the installation of filtering software is not to be taken as a
guarantee that objectionable material cannot be accessed.
Chat Room, Instant Messaging, and Discussion Forums:
Access to chat rooms, instant messaging, and discussion forums is not allowed on
the computer at Grant Parish Library. The filtering software will block access
to a site that has one of these services as a main component of that site.
All patrons should and will have equal and unrestricted access to all forms of
information. However, because of the cost and delicate nature of electronic and
mechanical equipment, children age 12 and under will be required to be
accompanied by a parent or adult guardian when using the workstation. Exceptions
may be made once children have demonstrated their knowledge of computer use and
care for the equipment to the satisfaction of library staff.
Because of the limited number of workstations available, time limits will be
imposed when demand is high. The time allowed per use is 30 minutes. If no one
else is waiting to use the workstation, time may be extended.
Computer time may not be reserved. Patrons must be present and waiting when a
workstation becomes available. Library staff will determine when workstation
time has expired and make assignments to workstations as they become available
and tell patrons when to sign in for their time for to re-sign for additional
Research or School Assignment Work and Surfing the Net, Playing Games, etc."
Because of the limited number of workstations available, patrons wishing to
conduct research or work on school assignments will be given priority over
patrons surfing the Internet, playing games, etc. If all workstations are in
use, patrons using the workstations for anything other than research or school
assignments will be required to surrender use of the workstation.
Patrons must abide by the general rules of conduct for the library while using
the workstations. Failure to comply with these rules will result in loss of
workstation and/or library privileges.
V. Acceptable Uses (Examples)
A. Research and educational information
B. Unstructured navigation (surfing) of the Internet
C. Printing from databases to which the Grant Parish Library subscribes or
material from software loaded onto the Grant Parish Library server
D. Downloading (with staff permission) of above mentioned databases and software
on disks provided and purchased from the library.
There is no charge for basic use of the workstation. Patrons will assume the
costs of printing information and graphics at 15 cents per page for black and
white copies. Downloading onto disks will be permitted only with disks purchased
from the library because of the possibility of virus contamination. Disks may be
purchased from the library for $1.00 each. Disks may be left at the library if
patrons which to use them on the library workstation again; otherwise, a new
disk must be purchased the next time the patron downloads.
VII. Patron Requests
Electronic information and technology is emerging, expanding and changing
constantly. The library encourages Grant Parish citizens to make use of this
technology and welcomes comments and suggestions regarding policies governing
use. The library administration is aware that as the environment changes policy
may have to change too. To this end, this policy will be reviewed and adjusted
when necessary to meet this parish's electronic information needs. Comments and
suggestions may be made to the library director in person, over the telephone,
in writing, or through email to