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Computer and Internet Use Policy

Why does Winnipeg Public Library provide electronic resources and Internet access?
Winnipeg Public Library now provides computer search stations and access to the Internet. Together with other library materials and services, these will fulfill the Library's mandate of providing responsive and innovative services which foster the individual pursuit of knowledge and enhance the cultural, economic and intellectual vitality of the community. Providing Internet access is also central to the Library's responsibility as stated in the Canadian Library Association Statement on Intellectual Freedom: to acquire and make available the widest variety of materials in order to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity.

The Winnipeg Public Library website will identify interesting and useful websites that fall within the Materials Selection Guidelines, but the size and scope of the Internet prevent a comprehensive review of all available information.

What is available at Winnipeg Public Library computer workstations?
bullet Most Winnipeg Public Library computer workstations will provide access to the Library's catalogue. Internet access including web based e-mail services, licensed CD-ROM databases and on-line subscription services will be available at selected search stations.

bullet Word processing as well as the complete Microsoft Office standard suite is now available on selected workstations. At least one Microsoft Office workstation is provided in each branch.

bulletDownloading to floppy disk and USB memory is possible on Office workstations and will continue to grow in availability.

bulletDatabases and spreadsheets can be accessed on the Office workstations with the use of a memory stick.  Databases can only be accessed using Microsoft Access in the Teen Central and Public Training rooms.

bullet Internet filtering software will be installed on all children's search stations (and at selected adult search stations in larger branches). However, library staff members will not prevent children from using unfiltered stations. Parents and guardians are responsible for their children's use of the Internet and other computer search station software and hardware. This is consistent with WPL's Materials Selection Statement which emphasizes that materials chosen for our children's collections are age and interest appropriate.

bullet The Library reserves the right to impose time limits according to the number of search stations available and the level of demand.

bullet Users will be able to print copies at selected computer search stations. Fees for copies will be payable through a copy card system.

What is not available at Winnipeg Public Library computer workstations?
bullet Winnipeg Public Library will not provide the following: access to chat rooms including Internet Relay Chat (IRC), file transfer protocol (FTP), and access to the CD-ROM drive.

bullet Computer search stations are not available for installation of personal software, databases or spreadsheets.

bullet Library staff will provide basic assistance with computer and software use and Internet searches, but cannot provide extensive individualized instruction. Users of computer search stations will find it useful to have basic computer skills that include the ability to use a mouse and to select menu items.

Responsibilities of users
bullet Winnipeg Public Library prohibits the use of its computer search stations for illegal, unethical or criminal purposes. Civil law forbids the harassment or libelling or slandering of others. Criminal law forbids the display or dissemination of hate literature, child pornography, illicit drug literature, or obscene material. Any material tending to deprive any person of his or her rights or to expose any person to hatred or affronts to human dignity cannot be displayed or disseminated in the Library.

bullet To maintain an environment that is appropriate for all library users please do not display offensive materials on the computer screen. The Library reserves the right to ask users to leave sites that are inappropriate for viewing in a public library setting.

bullet Users should be aware that the computer stations are in public areas shared by people of all ages and sensitivities.

bullet Users are responsible for any infringement of copyright or software licenses that could result from the copying or distribution of material found on the Internet or licensed databases.

bullet Users are responsible for any charges they may incur as a result of using fee-based services or online shopping.

bullet Users are responsible for any damage they may cause to computer search stations. Computers and software must be used for their intended purposes.

bullet Users are responsible for any losses or damages sustained by Winnipeg Public Library as a result of their Internet use or their violation of the security of the Library computer system.

bullet Users must abide by the rules and procedures of Winnipeg Public Library as well as by those of remote systems.

bullet Users of the Internet must assume full responsibility for the materials they locate. Because Internet content may originate anywhere and is largely unregulated and unmonitored, users may find sites where information is controversial, erroneous, dated or offensive. Users are responsible for any direct or indirect damages they may suffer from use of Internet services.

User's Compliance with the Computer Search Station Policy
bullet Anyone who misuses the search stations or Internet access may have search station privileges restricted or suspended. If the Internet is misused by someone borrowing your library card, you as the cardholder are held responsible and could have computer privileges restricted or suspended.

bullet Users who attempt to use Library workstations for unlawful purposes or to install, modify or delete software will have their Library privileges revoked and may be prosecuted.

bullet Appeals associated with the procedures and rules related to the Internet and other electronic resources should be submitted to the Manager of Library Services.

Last update: Monday, June 15, 2015

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