Internet Use Policy & Social Networking Legal Notice

Internet Use Policy

The St. Johns County Public Library System offers limited public access to the Internet for the residents and guests of the Library system. The Library system strives to uphold the principals of intellectual freedom as expressed in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights while balancing the interests and standards reflected in the community we serve.

The St. Johns County Public Library System recognizes that the Internet is, for the most part, an unregulated medium. While allowing access to personally and professionally enriching information, it may also enable access to materials that violate local, state and federal regulations as well as materials that are inaccurate, incomplete or that some users find offensive. Just as the St. Johns County Public Library System does not vouch for or endorse the content or viewpoints represented in its collections, it is unable to vouch for the accuracy of information or endorse the various viewpoints accessed from the Internet. All users, especially parents, guardians, caregivers and their children, are strongly encouraged to be good information consumers by evaluating the accuracy and integrity of  information used or accessed from the Internet.

LIMITS TO INTERNET ACCESS

While the St. Johns County Public Library System does not currently use a software filter to limit access to the Internet, St. Johns County Library System staff is trained to deny access to websites containing material involving illegal activity, pornography and obscenity.

The St. Johns County Public Library System affirms its commitment to assist Patrons in using the Internet safely and effectively. Therefore, the Library will continue to monitor changes and trends in electronic technology that may improve the ability to provide Internet access, and will revise this policy as deemed necessary.

ACCEPTABLE USE

It is the goal of the St. Johns County Library System to provide an atmosphere conducive to  the appropriate use of the Library System’s services,  resources and facilities. Electronic resources, like other Library resources, must be used in compliance with applicable regulations, policies and procedures.

[The State of Florida defines a minor as a person under the age of 18. For the purposes of this policy, the terms "child", "minor", and "youth" are interchangeable.]
 
Patrons accessing the Internet in the Library are subject to local, state and federal regulations as well as this Policy, the Patron Code of Conduct and the Public Computer Use Policy. Failure to comply with any applicable regulation or policy may result in termination of a Library computer session, loss of Library privileges (including expulsion from the Library), notice to law enforcement agencies and/or any other action deemed appropriate under the particular circumstances.

CHILDREN AND THE INTERNET

As with other Library resources, it is the responsibility of parents, guardians and caregivers to monitor and supervise their children’s access to/use of the Internet and its resources. The St. Johns Public Library System affirms the right and responsibility of parents, guardians and caregivers to restrict their children’s access to/use of the Internet.

Parents, guardians and caregivers are encouraged to review resources made available by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at http://www.netsmartz.org. The site provides information related to the safety and security of children using the Internet  to access web sites, e-mail, chat rooms, and other forms of electronic communications.  As with all Library services, the St. Johns County Library System staff is trained and available to assist parents, guardians, caregivers and children in the safe use of the Internet and its resources.

Social Networking Legal Notice:

Any e-mail or other type of posting by any individual, group of individuals, or civic, social, religious, or governmental entity/organization may be subject to the Florida Public Records Law, and therefore may be subject to disclosure (if not otherwise exempted or not covered) by another individual, group of individuals, or a civic, social, religious, or governmental entity/organization. By posting a comment you agree to indemnify and hold harmless St. Johns County and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney's fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the content that you post. Forums and messaging may not be used for commercial purposes or for organized political activity. The St. Johns County Public Library reserves the right to monitor content before it is posted, and to modify or remove any messages or postings that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate, libelous, unauthorized, factually incorrect, illegal, and/or unlawful. The St. Johns County Public Library also reserves the right to edit or modify any submissions in response to requests for feedback or other commentary. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the St. Johns County Public Library is not obligated to take any such actions, and will not be responsible or liable for content posted by any subscriber of this service. If you do not agree to these terms, do not use the service as violation of the terms can lead to legal liability.

 

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