INTERNET SAFETY POLICY
The Jackson/Hinds Library System (JHLS) provides Internet access in accordance with the Library's Mission Statement and the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights statement.
JHLS monitors and has administrative control over the information accessed through the Internet, but cannot be held responsible for its content. JHLS assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, or currency of any Internet resource. The Internet allows users to connect to networks of resources outside the library. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature which some users may deem inappropriate.
Library staff cannot control the speed of Internet access during times of peak Internet usage.
Library staff cannot assist in configuration of personal computers, e-readers, smart phones or other electronic devices due to liability concerns.
Access To Inappropriate Material
users access the Internet at their own discretion.
Since Internet sources do not always provide
accurate, complete, or current information, users
must take all responsibility in determining the
validity of any information found. As with other
library materials, restriction of a child's access
to the Internet is the responsibility of the
parent/legal guardian. It is the responsibility of
parents to supervise their child's use of the
Internet. With the implementation of electronic
filtering, minors and other Internet users will be
reasonably protected from accessing inappropriate
material on the Internet and the World Wide Web.
Inappropriate Network Usage
extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote
the safety and security of users of the
Jackson/Hinds Library System online computer network
when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant
messaging, and other forms of electronic
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
Supervision and Monitoring
Filtering software provided by Integrity Online that is designed to restrict access by
minors and other users to harmful materials has been installed on a systemwide, covering specific
categories deemed inappropriate.
staff has the responsibility of supervising and
monitoring usage of the online computer network and
access to the Internet in accordance with this
policy and the Children's Internet Protection Act.
Users my request unblocking of a specific site by contacting the ITS Department.
At staff discretion, filters may be disabled to
allow Internet access to adults for lawful purposes
using the Internet computers must agree to: 1) take
proper care of all equipment, manuals/instructional
materials; 2) report equipment or software
problems/failures to staff immediately; 3) pay the
replacement cost of any equipment or software
damaged as a result of carelessness or malicious
actions; 4) observe all copyright laws; and 5) agree
not to access the Internet for illegal purposes.
Internet Safety Policy, effective July 1, 2002, was
adopted by the Administrative Board of the
Jackson/Hinds Library System at a public meeting on
April 24, 2002 and amended by the Administrative Board on November 26, 2003.
This policy was reaffirmed by the Administrative Board on July 18, 2007.
COMPUTER USAGE POLICY
personal knowledge of computer use, software
applications, and some knowledge about how to use
the Internet are expected of patrons.
library staff is able to offer searching suggestions
and answer some questions, they cannot provide
in-depth training on the Internet and personal
computer use. Because of scheduling and other
duties, staff may not always be available. Staff
members can only provide limited assistance for
basic start up procedures.
Reference books are available for more difficult
access is offered on a first-come, first-served
basis. There is a 1-hour time limit per session
only when others are waiting.
must sign in with staff and show proper I.D. before using the public access
than 1 person may sit at the computer at one time
unless prior permission has been obtained; however, if the signer leaves the premises the session is terminated.
printer is available for patron use at 20 cents per
A color printer is available at various library branches with pages costing 40 cents per page. Please see staff if any problems arise with the printer.
may not download to a hard drive, but may save information to compact discs and/or flash drives.
Patrons may not use personal software, or alter or attach equipment including laptops to the library's hardware or infrastrustructure.
library does not offer electronic mail accounts.
with personal e-mail accounts are allowed access to
public display of graphic, obscene, and sexually
oriented materials is illegal and not permitted
under this policy. This is governed by the
Mississippi Code Section 97-5-29, "Public Display of
Sexually Oriented Materials."
illegal and unacceptable purposes include, but are
not limited to: harassment of other users; libeling
or slandering of other users; destruction of or
damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to
the library; disruption or unauthorized monitoring
of electronic communications; or unauthorized
copying of copyright protected materials.
Patrons determined to have used JHLS computers for illegal and/or unacceptable purposes will be required to stop using computer in such a manner. Repeated offenses can result in patrons being banned from using computer services for six months or longer.
WIRELESS INTERNET POLICY
Jackson/Hinds Library System offers wireless “WiFi” access to the Internet as part of the library system’s service to its patrons. Use of JHLS’ wireless Internet access is governed by the Internet Safety Policy (I1-I2). When using the JHLS’ Internet service patrons are accepting the Internet Safety Policy. Patrons should take time to read the policy before using the Internet and accepting its terms.
Responsibilities of Staff
Please note that the Library staff cannot assist patrons with their laptops, PDAs, wireless cards or configuration.
JHLS assumes no responsibility for damages caused by programs downloaded from the Internet nor shall the library be responsible for any data loss or damage to personal equipment. The Library cannot assure the safety of data when using the Library’s wired or wireless Internet access.
Advantages of “WiFi” access
- No waiting for an available PC
- No enforced time limits—connect as long as you like
- Fast access
- Download files
- Save your files permanently on your own device
Limitations of “WiFi” access
- No printing services are available
- Signal strength may vary within the library
This Wireless Internet Safety Policy, effective January 23, 2008, was adopted by the Administrative Board of the Jackson/Hinds Library System at a public meeting on January 23, 2008.
A section on Computer Usage Policy can be found in JHLS's Policies and Procedures Manual available at all branches.