In providing public access to the Internet, the Safety Harbor Public Library subscribes to the principles of intellectual freedom expressed in the American Library Association's LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS and FREEDOM TO READ statements and its interpretations of these documents. Library staff will not monitor, control, or restrict anyone's access to equipment or the range of information available within the limits of State and/or Federal law. Parents or their designated guardians are responsible for personally overseeing their child(ren)'s use of the Internet and to limit or restrict their child(ren)'s access to the Internet. Library staff is not responsible for the decisions and behaviors of minors who visit the library without a parent or guardian.
The Library complies with all applicable state and federal laws regarding Internet access and the use of public computer workstations. Users of Library computing resources must comply with federal and state laws, Library rules and policies, and the terms of applicable contracts including software licenses while using Library computing resources. Applicable federal and state laws include but are not limited to Florida Statutes, Chapters 847.011 (1)a and 847.0133(1) and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the June 23, 2003 United Sates Supreme Court decision relating thereto are attached. In compliance with CIPA, the Library provides filtered and unfiltered Internet access according to the provisions of the law.*
Additional examples of applicable laws, rules and policies include the laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity and child pornography; the Florida Computer Crimes Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Users who engage in electronic communications with persons in other states or countries or on other systems or networks may also be subject to the laws of those jurisdictions and the rules and policies of those other systems and networks.
The Safety Harbor Public Library Code of Conduct applies to the use of all library computer workstations, with or without Internet access. Users must not use computing resources to gain unauthorized access to local or remote computers or to impair or damage the operations of the City of Safety Harbor computers or networks, PC workstations or peripherals. This includes blocking communication lines and running, installing or sharing virus programs. Deliberate attempts to circumvent data protection or other security measure are not allowed.
CHILD SAFETY ON THE INTERNET:
The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative member libraries are now offering the NetSmartz Internet Safety program on designated computers in the libraries. Kids and teens are able to participate in a safety education program and learn in an interactive environment.
INTERNET USAGE DISCLAIMER:
The following Internet information disclaimer will be posted at all public computer workstations.
Provision of this service does not constitute any endorsement by the Safety Harbor Public Library. The Library shall have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed on the Internet from Library equipment. Internet users are reminded that:
- Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.
- Parents and designated guardians are responsible for limiting, restricting, and/or overseeing the use of the Internet by their children.
- Filtering software does not block all material users might find offensive.
- Public library workstations are not private or secure.
* The Children's Internet Protection Act provides United States Code citations for the definitions of "obscene" (18 U.S.C.& 14660) and "child pornography" (18 U.S.C.&2256). The Act identifies "harmful to minors" in Section 1703 (b) (2).
LINKS TO EXTERNAL SITES:
The Safety Harbor Public Library wants to provide as much information as possible for the community, and therefore includes many links to outside web sites on our web site. When visitors to the Library site access one of these links, they leave the Library site and are connected to another site via the Internet. While the Library attempts to link to sites that are interesting and useful to the community, those sites are NOT under the control of the Library. The Safety Harbor Public Library is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or the links it contains. The inclusion of links on the Library web site does not indicate endorsement by the Library or the City of Safety Harbor.