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Policies

Purpose

To define Library policy and procedures regarding the free use of public access computers and free Internet access using the County of Lambton network or wireless connection where provided.

Policy

Lambton County Library provides members of the public with free access to computers with select computer software and with free Internet access through the County of Lambton network and wireless connection at all 26 of its branch libraries.

This policy is in keeping with its Mission Statement of providing equal access to information and resources to meet the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the community. All library users will have enhanced accessibility to ideas and information through the Library's gateway to the Internet. The policy reflects the principles and guidelines as set out in the Library's Mission Statement, the Canadian Library Association's Statement of Intellectual Freedom and the Library's Rules of Conduct.

The following appendices form part of this Policy:

Appendix A: Mission Statement
Appendix B: Canadian Library Association's Statement of Intellectual Freedom
Appendix C: Rules of Conduct

Definitions

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Sedition: n. Advocating a change of government through the use of force.

Dukelow, Daphne. Pocket dictionary of Canadian law. Toronto, Ontario: Carswell, 2006 p. 9 & p.431.

Library Responsibilities

The Internet is a largely unregulated, worldwide environment which contains information and opinions that range in scope from reliable and authoritative to controversial or offensive.

Lambton County Library assumes no responsibility for:

  • any content found on the Internet other than content directly displayed on its own Internet site.
  • monitoring or control of any of the information on the Internet including the availability of information links.
  • any direct or indirect damages arising from the use of its connection to Internet services.
  • any damages to personal property used in conjunction with the computer (e.g. discs, USB, headphones, etc.)
  • the security and privacy of any on-line transactions.
  • any expenses incurred or the potential repercussions of a third party using personal/banking/credit card information that has been entered on a Library computer terminal.
  • data transmitted or loss of information over the wireless network as the wireless access points are unsecured connections to the Internet.
  • safety of equipment or for laptop configurations used for wireless connections.
  • printing from the wireless connection.

It is the responsibility of Lambton County Library and its staff to:

  • make workstations available to all members of the public, regardless of age.
  • make users aware of the Library's "Use of Public Access Computers and the Internet" policy and guidelines through signage and brochures.
  • use reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with the policy, guidelines and procedures.
  • take reasonable measures to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of Internet and public access computer users.
  • provide assistance to computer users through online help and brochure. instructions and from staff whenever time and knowledge permits.
  • offer introductory training sessions to the Internet and computer software depending on staff availability and as resources permit.
  • provide basic instructions on how to connect to the wireless network but not to provide technical assistance.
  • report suspected illegal use of computers, programs, software and Internet sites to management.

Appendix A: Mission Statement/ Collection Development Policy

  • The purpose of the Lambton County Library is to collect organize, preserve and disseminate books and other library materials.
  • The County Library will provide books and other resources for the education, instruction, interest and enjoyment of the residents of the county. Through its materials, programs and facilities, it will contribute to the cultural and social life of county residents as well as assist in the preservation and promotion of the county's heritage.
  • Materials will not be excluded because of subject matter or because of the origins: views of those who have contributed to the creation of the materials.
  • In its selection and distribution of materials, the County Library will not be bias toward a single point of view but will provide materials that represent all points of view current and historical issues. Materials will not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  • The County Library adheres to the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Every person will have the right to equal treatment with respect to services and facilities without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.
  • The Lambton County Council will adhere to all tenets of the Ontario Public Libraries Intellectual Freedom.

Appendix B: Canadian Library Association's Statement of Intellectual Freedom

Statement on Intellectual Freedom
Approved by Executive Council ~ June 27, 1974; Amended November 17, 1983; and November 18, 1985
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  • All persons in Canada have the fundamental right, as embodied in the nation's Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to have access to all expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity, and to express their thoughts publicly. This right to intellectual freedom, under the law, is essential to the health and development of Canadian society.
  • Libraries have a basic responsibility for the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom.
  • It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable. To this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest variety of materials.
  • It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee the right of free expression by making available all the library's public facilities and services to all individuals and groups who need them.
  • Libraries should resist all efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by individuals and groups.
  • Both employees and employers in libraries have a duty, in addition to their institutional responsibilities, to uphold these principles.

Unattended Children

Unattended children are classified as the following.

  • Children nine years of age and under.
  • A child is alone and frightened or crying in the library.
  • A child is alone and doing something dangerous or another person in the library seems to be a danger to the child.
  • A child is alone and is not following the rules of conduct after reasonable warnings.
  • A child left alone at closing time.
  • A caregiver must be at least 12 years of age.

 

If a child is found without a parent/caregiver, the staff will:

  • Speak with the child and assess the situation.
  • Attempt to locate the parent/caregiver in the building.
  • Contact the parent/caregiver to pick up the child if they are not in the building.
  • Contact the police if the parent/caregiver cannot be contacted.
  • Inform library supervisor about the situation and fill out an incident report.

Appendix C: Rules of Conduct

These rules are posted to define appropriate behaviour within Lambton County Library facilities. All library users and employees should be free of any threat of harm, invasion of property, or indignity. Our libraries are intended to provide everyone with equitable access to a wide range of library services and to ensure an environment conducive to the enjoyable use of those services. While in the library, please respect the following:

  • Disruptive, threatening, abusive or insulting language and/or behaviour is not tolerated.
  • Theft, damage, vandalism, or the unauthorized use of library materials, equipment and property is prohibited, as is interfering with the designated use of computers and networks. Offenders may be prosecuted.
  • Parents or guardians must supervise children. Children 10 years of age and under must not be left unattended in or about library premises, except for certain supervised programs.
  • Entry into "Staff Only Areas" by members of the public is prohibited unless accompanied by an authorized person.
  • Animals are not permitted inside the library. This does not apply to animals needed to assist a person with a disability or to animals in authorized library programs.
  • Members of the public may not circulate petitions, offer items for sale, or otherwise make solicitations of Library staff or Library users, without prior written approval of the library committee.
  • Members of the public may be asked to open all bags, books and papers for inspection if requested by the staff. Library material may not be taken into washrooms.
  • Smoking is prohibited by law. Eating and drinking is allowed in designated areas.
  • Members of the public are required to be fully clothed and to wear appropriate footwear. The use of sports equipment is not allowed on library property.
  • Photographing, filming or video recording on library property must not be conducted without the approval of a library supervisor.

Ontario Library Association Statement on the Intellectual Rights of the Individual

In affirming its commitment to the fundamental rights of intellectual freedom, the freedom to read and freedom of the press, as embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Library Association declares its acceptance of the following propositions:

  • That the provision of library service to the public is based upon the right of the citizen, under the protection of the law, to judge individually on questions of politics, religion and morality.
  • That intellectual freedom requires freedom to examine other ideas and other interpretations of life than those currently approved by the local community or by society in general, and including those ideas and interpretations, which may be unconventional or unpopular.
  • That freedom of expression includes freedom for a creator to depict what is ugly, shocking and unedifying in life.
  • That free traffic in ideas and opinions is essential to the health and growth of a free society and that the freedom to read, listen and view is fundamental to such free traffic.
  • That it is the responsibility of libraries to maintain the right of intellectual freedom and to implement it consistently in the selection of books, periodicals, films, recordings, other materials, and in the provision of access to electronic sources of information, including access to the Internet.
  • That it is therefore part of the library's service to its public to resist any attempt by any individual or group within the community it serves to abrogate or curtail access to information, the freedom to read, view and listen by demanding the removal of, or restrictions to library information sources in any format.
  • That it is equally part of the library's responsibility to its public to ensure that its selection of material is not unduly influenced by the personal opinions of the selectors, but determined by the application of generally accepted standards of accuracy, style and presentation.