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Internet Access Policy

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Introduction 

Public access to the Internet and online services has become an integral part of the Meridian Library District’s programs and services. The intent of this policy is to meet the provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Idaho Code 33-2741, as well as provide guidelines for patrons and staff regarding Internet accessibility and online computer use. 
 
It is the policy of Meridian Library District 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)]. 
 
Developed under the direction of the Board of the Meridian Library District, this Internet and Online Access Policy was discussed and adopted, following public notice required by Idaho code, during an open meeting of the Library Board on June 11, 2013.  This policy supersedes all previous Internet and Online Access Policy statements of the Meridian Library District and is effective on June 11, 2013.
 
This Policy document will be reviewed annually by the Meridian Library District Board.

Legal requirements:

The Meridian Library District’s Internet Access Policy complies with Idaho Code 33-2741 Public Library – Internet Use Policy Required and with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
 
The Meridian Library District has in place a policy of Internet safety for minors, including the operation of a technology protection measure, hereafter called “filtering software,” on any publicly accessible computer with Internet access that protects against access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors, as defined in I.C. 33-2741 and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The filtering software will be enforced to provide Internet safety during any use of a computer by a minor.
 
The Meridian Library District has in place a policy of Internet safety, including the operation of a technology protection measure on any publicly accessible computer with Internet access that protects against access to visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography as defined in I.C. 33-2741 and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The filtering software will be enforced to provide Internet safety during any use of a computer.

Inappropriate Network Usage 

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Meridian Library District 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. 

Supervision and Monitoring 

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized for lawful purposes.
 
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Meridian Library District staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet protection Act. 
 
Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Director or designated representatives. 

Implementation requirements: 

A notice of the availability of this Policy will be posted in a conspicuous place within the library for all patrons to observe.  

Complaints about this policy can be addressed to the library staff or the Library Director.  

These procedures and guidelines will be adhered to by library staff to enforce the requirements of Idaho Code 33-2741 and the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  

Approved by the Meridian Library Board of Trustees on June 11, 2013
Reviewed November 19, 2014.



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