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State Library & Historical Board Policy: #03-6
Application:  Indiana State Library
Effective Date:  February 14, 2003
General Subject: Internet/Public Computers

1a. Patron User Agreement for Internet and Indiana State Library public computers use.

All electronic traffic originating from the Indiana State Library's connection to the Internet shall be in accordance with these acceptable use standards. Failure to abide by these standards may result in the loss of Internet, computer, library privileges, and subject to federal and state laws. State Library public computers shall be used for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only, and not for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes.

a. Must not violate Federal or State laws

b. Respect for the privacy of others.

c. Abide by copyright and license.

d. Abide by Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

e. Abide by security of computers, computer networks, and systems local or otherwise.

f. Library staff may limit access to public terminals if other library patrons are waiting for access to public terminals.

g. It is not acceptable to use the Indiana State Library's computers for any purpose which violates U.S. or state laws, to transmit threatening, obscene or disrupt network users, services, or equipment. Disruptions include, but are not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising, propagation of computer worms and viruses, tampering with computer or network security, and using the network to make unauthorized entry into any systems accessible via library's computers. Illegal acts involving the library's computers may be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.

h. Users may not represent themselves as another person.

i. Users shall not develop programs that harass other users or cause harm to other computer systems.

j. Malicious use is not acceptable.

k. Advertising is not acceptable.

l. Computing resources shall not be used to access sexually explicit material, violence and hate speech, gambling, and illicit drugs and alcohol.

m. State Library public terminals may NOT be used to send or receive Email, access Chat Rooms, or for the purposes of gambling.  Workstations in certain locations may be designated for specific uses, such as "research only" or "genealogical research only."

n. While monetary purchases are not restricted and submittal of private and personal information is possible the Indiana State Library does not provide any security or protection for credit card numbers, account numbers, or protection of personal or private information submitted. The Indiana State Library assumes no responsibility in this regard.

The Indiana State Library reserves the right to modify these standards at any time.

Adopted by the Indiana State Library and Historical Board

Date    February 14, 2003