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Fanwood Memorial Library Policy Manual
Section: Library Operations

Subject: 2.8.1 Internet Use


The Internet is an electronic network providing access to information via computers worldwide. Connections can be made to government agencies, private institutions, libraries, museums, universities, businesses and more throughout the world. The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information. However, some of the information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals. An information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of any information, especially that found on the Internet.

To fulfill our mission of providing open public access to information of all types in a wide range of formats for all users, the Fanwood Memorial Library provides free access to Internet resources. Unlike other library resources, not all of the information and sources found on the Internet are subject to the selection policies of the library. Although the workstations in the Children's Department provide filtered content, the workstations in the Adult area are not filtered, and the library cannot control the information that is posted to the Internet worldwide. Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for information selected and/or accessed by their children. Supervision of and participation in minors' Internet sessions by parents or guardians is encouraged and advised

The staff and Board of Trustees of the Fanwood Memorial Library support the American Library Associationís stand on intellectual freedom. See specifically the ALA's Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View statements.

Viewing of certain materials in the public Library and other uses of the Internet may be considered improper in time, place or manner. If patron behavior when using Internet resources becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the library reserves the right to end the session in its sole discretion.

Downloaded files, images and data from the Internet may contain viruses. The Fanwood Memorial Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's, flash drive, computer, or other device that may occur from use of the library's computers or the library's Wi-Fi network.

Although information is cleared from the computer after logging off, your privacy could still be at risk. We strongly encourage you to log off your own accounts. The library disclaims any and all liability for loss of confidential information or damages resulting from that loss, and accepts no responsibility for breach of privacy.

Board of Trustees
Approved: June 8, 2009
Revised: November 9, 2015
Revised: February 8, 2016

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