You must use your OWN PINES card to log in. If you are caught using
someone else’s card, BOTH parties will lose their computer privileges
We reserve the right to limit the
number of patrons at a computer.
Anyone sitting at a computer without
his/her parent must be 16 years old.
No children under the age of 16 are
allowed in the computer area without a parent.
By clicking Accept you agree to follow these rules and the
following Internet policy.
Lake Blackshear Regional Library System Internet
by the Board of Trustees February
15, 1996. Amended August 15, 2002. Amended May 20, 2004.
Amended May 5, 2005. Amended August 17, 2006. Amended August 16, 2007.
DISCLAIMER: Because the Internet is a global system with information from various
sources including corporations, foundations, organizations, and individuals,
the library is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the information
on the Internet or the statements, views, and opinions expressed there. Some
materials may be offensive to some people and inappropriate for children.
It is the policy of the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System to provide
access to online databases to patrons. The purpose of online database access by
patrons is to promote research, education, and economic and business
development. Recreational use is allowed only as time and other policies and
procedures allow. The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library
to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows
access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the globe. Currently,
however, it is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a
wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching
to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some materials that may
be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. The Lake Blackshear Regional Library
System has no responsibility for the content of the information accessed though
online services or agencies. The library staff can and will provide guidance
and instruction but cannot monitor.
the policy of the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System to protect the
confidentiality of records, electronic or otherwise, that identify specific
users and link them to search strategies, sites accessed, or other specific
data about the information they retrieved or sought to retrieve.
The Board of
Trustees of the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System believes that parents
have the right and responsibility to determine what is appropriate for their
children. Parents must work closely with their children in order to select materials
that are consistent with personal and family boundaries. Therefore, by board
policy, children under the age of 16 MUST have a parent or guardian present
during use. Parents are encouraged to
read “Child Safety on the Information
Highway” produced jointly by the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children (NCMEC) and the Interactive Services Association (ISA), available at www.safekids.com/child_safety.htm
or review the document "My Rules for Online Safety" by Lawrence J.
Magid available at http://www.safekids.com/myrules.htm.
In compliance with the
Children’s Internet Protection Act, the computers connected to the
Internet at all member libraries of the Lake Blackshear Regional Library System
have filters restricting access to sites containing materials with graphic
depictions of scenes that are extremely violent, gory, or horrific in nature
and may be related to sex, bodily functions, obscenity, or perverse activities,
or contain, discuss, or show pornography, including pictures, videos, or text
of sex acts, or sexually oriented material.
Please note guidelines below for obtaining unfiltered computer use.
yourself properly when using any Internet services.
aware that use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, which may be
revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct in the library or online using
the library's online connections.
copyright and licensing agreements on programs and data.
the privacy of others.
considerate of others’ needs for a quiet reading/studying environment.
aware of time and resource limitations.
the computers and computer systems and do not interfere with or disrupt network
users, services, programs, software, or equipment.
not transmit or access threatening, obscene (as defined by U.S., state or local laws) or
Georgia Computer Systems Protection Act, OCG 16-9-90, establishes certain acts involving
computer fraud or abuse as crimes punishable by fines or imprisonment or both.
"Hacking" or otherwise tampering with the hardware, adding to or
deleting information relating to the software, or other acts which obstruct, interrupt
or cause the computer to malfunction or are intended to disrupt computer
functioning elsewhere, are included in this act. The Lake Blackshear Regional
Library System will prosecute both civilly and criminally. The Library reserves
the right to prohibit the use of computers to anyone who demonstrates a lack of
respect and care for the equipment and/or a refusal to follow the Library's
rules and policies relating to their use. This prohibition can be for any
length of time, including permanently, if the Library deems it necessary.
Lake Blackshear Regional Library System previously followed the intent of its
Materials Selection Policy by providing unfiltered access to the Internet.
However, the library will comply with the Children’s Internet Protection
Act (see * below) and has researched, evaluated, and installed filtering
software as federally mandated. The software is installed on all Internet
capable machines as mandated.
Regional Board notes that current filtering software does not completely or
adequately prevent unwanted and objectionable materials, particularly graphics,
from being accessed. Additionally, the requirements of the law mandate that
safety and security measures be used to control minor use of electronic mail,
chat rooms, direct electronic communications, "hacking" and other
unlawful online activities, and disclosure of personal ID information. The
library will require a parent/guardian to be present at the computer for a
minor’s use of the Internet.
The Regional Board notes that current filtering
software has been proven to prevent access to certain materials needed for
research as well as materials with subject headings that can be misunderstood
or misconstrued. Therefore, within the
guidelines of the law and this policy, the library will provide unfiltered
access upon request of the patron and for research use by library staff. Georgia Code 16-12-100.2, the Computer
Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999, and its related
codes, 16-6-2, 16-6-4, 16-6-5, 16-6-8 of the Criminal Code of Georgia are
considered relevant and should be considered when requesting unfiltered access.
document "Rules and Procedures" for public computer use will be
considered a part of this policy and will be posted at all public Internet
Children’s Internet Protection
Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) went
into effect on April 20,
2001. These new laws place restrictions on the use of funding
that is available through the Library Services and Technology Act, Title III of
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and on the Universal Service
discount program known as the E-rate (Public Law 106-554). These restrictions
take the form of requirements for Internet safety policies and technology that
blocks or filters certain material from being accessed through the Internet.
The library system must be in total compliance by July 1, 2004.
Procedures for Public Computer Use
- All Internet computer users who
are 16 years of age or older must sign in and out using the appropriate
library computer procedure. By
signing in, the patron agrees to follow these policies and
procedures. A current photo ID may
be required to verify the age of a patron before signing in.
- Internet computers users
under 16 years of age must have a parent, or legal guardian, present at
the computer with the minor.
- The library reserves the
right to prohibit the use of computers to anyone who demonstrates a lack
of respect and care for the equipment and/or a refusal to follow the
library's rules and policies relating to their use. This prohibition can
be for any length of time, including permanently, if the library deems it
- Transmitting, viewing or
downloading materials, which may be considered obscene, offensive or
illegal, is prohibited. Patrons are reminded that computer screens are
visible by children and appropriate local, state and federal laws
concerning the display of materials harmful to minors are in effect.
- Electronic mail may be
accessed through the library’s computers. The patron is responsible
for any virus/worm or similar disturbance the patron downloads into
library equipment and may be charged time and other expenses for control
and repair. The library’s security equipment may prevent the
downloading of files with graphics or sound.
- A patron may use the
computer for no more than the publicized amount of time, per day, unless
extended time is previously approved by the library, or on certain
selected machines marked for longer, extended use. A sign-up sheet will be used to
determine the time and order of a waiting list. There will be no reserving
of time slots; the list will be made on a first come, first served basis.
However, it is understood that reference and research purposes hold
priority on computer usage.
- In order to maintain patron
privacy and control noise and disturbances, the library reserves the right
to limit the number of persons per computer. The library cannot provide the
facilities or space for personal or private computer use lessons, training
or tutoring. Patrons needing
reference and research assistance are encouraged to work with a library
- In compliance with CIPA,
effective July 1, 2002,
and in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, June 23, 2003, the library has
filtering software installed on all computers. This software is designed
to block access to those websites that contain visual depictions that are
obscene, child pornography, harmful to minors or inappropriate for minors,
including sites containing materials with graphic depictions of scenes
that are extremely violent, gory, or horrific in nature and may be related
to sex, bodily functions, obscenity, or perverse activities, or contain,
discuss, or show pornography, including pictures, videos, or text of sex
acts, or sexually oriented material. Patrons may request these filters to
be turned off for the purposes of bona fide research or other lawful
- Under no circumstances may
the public use personal programs or disks in these machines, except in
those machines specifically approved.
- Non-Internet computers may
be available for use by all ages. However, any user under the age of seven
(7) must be accompanied, and assisted, by a parent or other adult guardian.
(See the Unattended Children and Youth Policy.)
- Articles and files may be
printed out using the accompanying printer. There will be a charge per
page. Patron is responsible for all pages printed. Files may be downloaded
from online sources. Disks are available for purchase. Patron-owned disks may be used only on
certain identified machines. The copyright laws of the U.S. apply to both printing
and downloading; the patron is responsible for his/her violations of the
- The Lake Blackshear Regional
Library System has agreed to all license agreements, applied U.S.
copyrights and related international treaty provisions for the use of the
software and/or installed programs. Other than back-up copies, obtained
according to fair use practices for library purposes, these programs may
not be copied under any circumstances. Copies of articles from the
encyclopedia and other copyrighted reference tools may not be copied,
saved or downloaded onto a patron's personal disk.
- All library rules and
policies relating to the proper care and correct use of library materials
will apply to the computer and its peripherals and programs. The patron
assumes financial responsibility for breakage or damage occurring during
his/her use unless such damage occurred from natural causes or due to
continued, reasonable use.
- The Georgia Computer Systems
Protection Act, OCG 16-9-90,
establishes certain acts involving computer fraud or abuse as crimes
punishable by fines or imprisonment or both. "Hacking" or
otherwise tampering with the hardware, adding to or deleting information
relating to the software, or other acts which obstruct, interrupt or cause
the computer to malfunction or are intended to disrupt computer
functioning elsewhere, are included in this act. The Lake Blackshear
Regional Library System will prosecute both civilly and criminally.