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Internet Acceptable Use Policy
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Wireless Access Policy
Wireless Access Policy
The Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County will provide free Internet access points or "hot spots" for users with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals, during normal business hours. These access points will allow users to access the Internet from their laptop computers when sitting within range of the access points. Wireless access is provided as a public service free of charge on an "as is" basis with no guarantee and no warranty.
Wireless users are responsible for making any changes to their wireless devices to connect to the library's wireless network, however, the library cannot guarantee that a user's hardware will work with the library's wireless connection. If a user has problems accessing the Internet over these connections, staff cannot assist in making changes to the user's network settings or perform any troubleshooting on the user's own computer. Users should refer to their owners' manuals or other support services offered by their device manufacturer. If a user has problems accessing the Internet over these connections, staff will verify the library's wireless connections are up and running.
The Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County does not offer laptops or peripheral equipment (power strips, wireless network cards, mouse pads, cables, etc.) to the public, nor can the Library guarantee access to power outlets. Users may not plug into outlets where the cord may create a hazard for other library users. Four wireless laptop desks are provided for patrons with easy access to electrical outlets. Additional portable desks are also available. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment; users must keep their equipment with them at all times.
Use of the wireless network in the Children's department is limited to those users who are supervising children in the department. A portable desk is available and any cords of the computer must not create a hazard for users in the Children's department.
As with most public wireless "hot spots," the Library's wireless connection is not secure. There can be non-trustworthy third parties between the user and anybody with whom the user communicates. Any information being sent or received could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should not transmit their credit card information, passwords and any other sensitive personal information while using any wireless "hot spot."
The Library will not be responsible for personal information (e.g. credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking. All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their personal laptop computers or wireless devices.
The Library provides access only to Web-based e-mail. For Microsoft Outlook or other e-mail services, the user must connect with his or her own Internet provider.
Printing is available using the library's wireless print system at $.25 .10 per page. The library is not responsible for misprints unless it is a malfunction of the equipment. Other printing options require the user to save their work to a portable storage device (e.g. floppy disk, USB drive) that can be used on a Library's wired workstation to send to the printer.
Use of these access points is governed by the Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County Internet Use Policy. All users are expected to use the library's wireless access in a legal and responsible manner, consistent with the educational and information purposes for which it is provided. User should not violate federal, Alabama, or local laws, including the transmission or receiving of child pornography or harmful material, fraud, or downloading copyrighted material.
Any restriction or monitoring of a minor's access to the Library's wireless network is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.
Approved by the Board 3/25/2008. Amended and approved 1/25/2011
Board Reviewed 7/29/2014