Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa
Memorial Library


416 North Tower Road
Alamo, TX 78516-2795
956-787-6160   Fax  956-787-5154


Internet Policy

Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library
Internet Access Policy and Guidelines
for Use of Library Computers
Child Safety on the Information Highway | Teen Safety on the Information Highway

Background/Philosophy

The Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library - The mission of the Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library is to provide up to date materials and a link to a world of information in a variety of formats to educate, inspire and entertain. The library provides open access to the Internet as an integral part of this mission.

The Internet is a worldwide computer network that provides easy access to an enormous and growing body of information. The resources available on the Internet expand the library's information services well beyond traditional collections and electronic resources. In providing community access to the Internet, the Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library enhances its existing collection in size and depth, and provides the opportunity for any citizen to utilize the exciting resources on the Internet.

Not everyone currently has or can afford access to the Internet in their homes or businesses. The library can "level the playing field" by providing everyone with open access to this valuable information resource. Even those who can afford access may need it only intermittently and may not wish to pay for it on a regular basis. Others know that information can be found there, but prefer to rely on experienced, trained library staff to assist them with their searches.

Intellectual Freedom/Right to Privacy

The same standards of intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality endorsed by the Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library for traditional resources and services also apply to electronic media, including usage of the Internet.

The library has a policy of open access to all parts of its collections, including access to the Internet, and usage is not restricted by age (supervision is the responsibility of parents, guardians or caregivers). Also, use is not prioritized by information need (everyone's information need is important to him or her), and it is not restricted by residency.

The library seeks to protect the First Amendment rights of its customers and their individual right to privacy. However, Internet users must be sensitive to the fact that workstations are in public areas and, therefore, images on the screen and at public printers are subject to view by a wide audience.

The workstations owned and operated by the Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library will be used for educational, informational and recreational purposes only; they may not be used for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes. Customers may not send, receive or display text or graphics that may be construed as obscene under Chapter 43, Subchapter B of the State of Texas Penal Code . Misuse of the computers will result in your access privileges being suspended as follows:

1st offense – You will be mailed a copy of this policy as a reminder
2nd offense – 1 week computer use suspension
3rd offense – 1 month computer use suspension
4th offense – Computer use suspended

Information Disclaimer

The Internet offers open access to information, ideas and commentary from around the world and a vast array of tools and resources for different age levels and points of view. However, not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current or legal. The Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy of information obtained through the Internet. The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Most definitely, some resources and destinations contain material that some customers will find personally offensive or inappropriate for children.

The library recommends interesting and useful destinations and resources for our customers to explore. These sites, indexed by subject area or source of information, can be found through the "Research Sources" section of the library's home page.

Use of the Internet by Children

As with all library materials, parents, guardians and caregivers are responsible for their children's use of the Internet. Library staff does not control the Web sites that children and teens may select on the Internet. Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to work with their children to develop acceptable family rules of Internet use. Parents/guardians and children are also encouraged to read Child Safety On the Information Highway, jointly produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Interactive Services Association. This publication is available on the Internet at http://www.safekids.com/child_safety.htm.

The Library has installed software designed to filter sexually explicit content on Internet workstations. The Library recognizes that such filtering software is far from perfect; it does allow some inappropriate content to pass through and can block appropriate sites from view.

It is the parent or guardian who sets family standards and values and, therefore, the library cannot usurp that right nor assume that responsibility. The Internet, since it should be no different than TV and movies, books and magazines, is a marvelous opportunity for parents/guardians to hold discussions with their children about their family's standards. We strongly recommend that parents/guardians work with their children when they are using the Internet.

Printing

Once you print, please go to the circulation desk and pay for your printouts. They will then be printed out for you. The Library charges 25 cents per page for printing.

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