- The library has 5 computers for public use, 2 PC’s and 3 laptops.
- One of the laptops is designated for use for our on line catalog.
- Outlets are available for those who choose to bring in their electronic devices.
- Word and Skype are installed on some computers.
- A black and white printer as well a photocopier are available at $.25 a copy.
- Wifi is accessible at all times and may be used outside the building.
Internet Safety Policy for The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library – Mount Vernon, Maine.
Introduction: It is the policy of The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
Definitions: Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Access to Inappropriate Material: To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Inappropriate Network Usage :To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of
inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
Education, Supervision and Monitoring: It shall be the responsibility of all members of The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.
Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of staff or designated representatives.
Adoption: This Internet Safety Policy was adopted by the Board of The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library at a public meeting, following normal public notice in May 2015.
Amendment to the Electronic Information-Acceptable Use Policy: It is the intent of The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
This means that “Internet filters” shall be used to block or filter access to inappropriate information from the internet or other forms of electronic communications that are accessed by minors.
Blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of materials such as child pornography or other obscene contents, or other materials deemed harmful to minors.
An authorized person may disable the blocking or filtering upon request to allow access for bona fide research for an adult.
To protect the safety and security of users as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, acceptable use includes prevention of minors to unauthorized access, including ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful online activities; and unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information.