Adopted 02/13/97  Revised 05/24/2004

LONG ISLAND SCHOOL and LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY LIBRARY
COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Internet access is available to staff and students at the Long Island Elementary School and to Library staff and patrons at the Library.  Access is available through the Maine  School and Library Network (MSLN), Verizon, and University of Maine Services.  It is partially funded by the federal government.  Beginning sometime in June 2004, this access will be available by Wireless Connection, thanks to a grant from the State of Maine.  The library laptop and computers brought into the library by patrons will use this wireless connection. PATRONS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THE WIRELESS CONNECTION MAY NOT BE A SECURE CONNECTION.

All use is free to the school, library and their patrons.

The Internet offers vast and diverse resources to all users.  Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence in the school and library by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.  This service is particularly important for an isolated island community.

Due to the requirements of CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act), libraries and schools receiving Federal Funds for Internet connection must filter.  MSLN provides this filtering for us. However, an adult user (17 years old or older) may request that we turn off this filter temporarily for a given computer.

Parents of minor children assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through this library connection.  Parents and children are encouraged to explore Internet safety guidelines and the additional resources on www.Safekids.com

The Library and School expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained though this Internet Access.

ACCEPTABLE USE STANDARDS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All Internet Access originating from the Long Island School and Library Connection shall be in accordance with these tandards.  Failure to abide by these standards may result in the loss of Internet and computer privileges.

ACCEPTABLE USE

Use of the School and Library computers shall be guided by the following principles:

1.  Respect for the privacy of others.

2.  Respect for the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data.

3.  Consideration for the security and functioning of computers, computer networks and systems.

4.  Consideration for other patrons.  Library Staff may limit access time if other patrons are waiting for access.

UNACCEPTABLE USE

1.  Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is strictly PROHIBITED.  This includes but is not limited to copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or impersonating another user.

2.  Users shall not develop or use programs that harass other users or cause harm to computer systems, including but not limited to worms and viruses.

3.  Distribution of unsolicited advertising.

4.  Vandalism of any kind.