The Bremen Public Library offers access to electronic resources, including those on the Internet, in keeping with its purpose to provide diverse and well-rounded collections, which meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of the community. Throughout its history, the Library has made information available in a variety of formats--from book, newspaper, and magazine, to audiovisual, video, and now electronic. The interactive linked and multimedia information on local sites and at remote Internet sites will be valuable additions to the Bremen Public Library collections.
The purpose of library-provided access to electronic resources is to supplement existing resources. Access is a privilege, not a right, and requires responsibility on the part of the user.
This document constitutes a library-wide policy for the management of computer data, networks, the Internet, and the resources they make available, as well as stand-alone computers that are owned by the Bremen Public Library. This policy reflects the ethical principles of the Library and indicates, in general, the privileges and responsibilities associated with computer use in the Bremen Public Library.
The Internet is a global electronic community network that contains information from sources around the world. As with all other resources, the Bremen Public Library is not responsible for the information provided and does not guarantee that an Internet source will provide accurate, complete, or current information. Users themselves must determine the validity and appropriate uses of information retrieved from the Internet. Users may encounter materials that could be considered inappropriate. The library uses content-filtering software to manage and monitor internet usage. The primary use of the software is to filter objectionable or inappropriate content. Patrons should understand that this software is not 100% accurate at all times. Electronic communications carried on via the Bremen Public Library’s Internet computers should not be considered confidential.
Parents are encouraged to monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. Parents assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library. Parents and children are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway.
All electronic traffic originating from the Bremen Public Library will be in accordance with these acceptable-use standards. Failure to abide by these standards may result in the loss of Internet, computer, and library privileges.
Computing resources may be used only for legal purposes by the public and staff in accordance with the ethical standards of the Library. Examples of unacceptable use (some of which may also have legal consequences) include, but are not limited to, the following:
Library staff provides limited assistance for basic start-up procedures. The most current information about the Internet resides on the network itself.
Staff can be responsible only for assisting and helping with our own in-house equipment and programs.
Computer classes are given periodically throughout the year for Bremen patrons.
The Bremen Public Library is responsible for the information in its own databases. Bremen Public Library has no control over the resources on the Internet and is not responsible for the content of any external site linked to the Library. Users are responsible for what they encounter on the Internet. The parents and legal guardians of minor children are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet at the Library.
The Bremen Public Library assumes no responsibility for any direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages arising from the use, operation, or inability to use its electronic resources.
The Bremen Public Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.
Adopted November 26, 1998
Revised February 25, 2002
Amended/revised August 27, 2012
Bremen Public Library
Board of Trustees
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