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
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
system wide, covering specific categories deemed
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.
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 only.
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
Basic personal knowledge of computer use,
software applications, and some knowledge about
how to use the Internet are expected of patrons.
Although 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
Reference books are available for more difficult
Internet access is offered on a first-come,
first-served basis. There is a 1-hour time limit
per session only when others are waiting.
Patrons must sign in with staff and show proper
I.D. before using the public access computers.
more 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
color printer is available at various library
branches with pages costing 40 cents per page.
Please see staff if any problems arise with the
may not download to a hard drive, but may save
information to compact discs and/or flash drives.
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.
Patrons with personal e-mail accounts are
allowed access to those accounts.
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.
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
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
- Fast access
- Download files
- Save your files permanently on your own
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