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Computer and Internet Use Policy

The State Library of Ohio provides computers, wireless internet access (WiFi), and technology resources for the purpose of supporting research, educational, and work activities.  These services are available to state employees, State Library patrons, and visitors.  The intent of this policy is to ensure that the facility and resources are used effectively and efficiently by all users.

The State Library of Ohio is a state board as defined in Chapter 3375 of the Ohio Revised Code.  As a state board, the State Library has a responsibility to establish appropriate policies to administer and control use of State Library computers, wireless internet access and related resources.

Usage Guidelines and Restrictions

  1. Usage of State Library computers, WiFi, and technology resources must be in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws. 
  2. Users may not move or unplug State Library equipment or cables for any reason.
  3. Users may not make any effort to bypass security features of the State Library computers, software or network resources.
  4. Users are prohibited from misrepresenting themselves as another user; attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or data belonging to others; seeking unauthorized access to any computer system, or damaging or altering software components of any network resource or database.
  5. Access to and/or display of obscene language and sexually explicit graphics and materials, as defined in the Ohio Revised Code, including sections 2907.01 and 2907.31, is prohibited.  Viewing sexually explicit material on a computer in the State Library may be considered disruptive behavior or sexual harassment if it disturbs or has the potential to disturb others. Library users may be asked to discontinue viewing of the disturbing material, or leave the building.
  6. The Library does not assume liability for the reliability of the local network, the internet or the content or accuracy of information found within. Users are responsible for scrutinizing information on the Internet for reliability and point of view.
  7. Minor children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when accessing the Internet from State Library computers. Age restrictions do not apply for users doing government documents research.
  8. Users in violation of this policy may be subject to penalties, including but not limited to verbal warnings, loss of use of library computers and network resources, and suspension from facility.  The State Library will assist in investigations of individuals who attempt to bypass security mechanisms or disregard local, state, and federal laws.

Wireless Access (WiFi)

As with most wireless networks, any information being sent or received over the State Library's wireless network could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user.  Wireless users should not transmit their credit card information, passwords and any other sensitive personal information while using any public wireless access point.  Users should have no expectation of privacy when using the public wireless network.

Users assume all risks and responsibilities associated with connection to the unsecured public WiFi network including, but not limited to loss of personal information and security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.

It is the responsibility of all wireless access users to have up-to-date virus protection on their personal laptop computers and wireless mobile devices.

Library staff will not provide technical assistance with laptops, notebooks, or mobile devices. The State Library assumes no responsibility for mobile device configurations, security or changes to data files resulting from connection to the Library's network and cannot guarantee that a user's hardware will work with the library's wireless connection.

The State Library has tried to ensure wireless access is available throughout its public facility areas. However, users may encounter occasional "dead spots" where wireless reception may be limited or too many users are attempting to access from a particular access point. If you have trouble accessing the Internet or staying online, please move to a different location within the library.

Filters

The State Library of Ohio uses a filtering application to screen public computers having internet access.  Filters are not foolproof.  Filtered sites may slip through controls and at other times, filters may block unintended sites.  Filters can be overridden by library staff to permit access for research, educational, and work resources. The State Library of Ohio expressly abrogates responsibility for the effectiveness of its filtering software application.
 

Approved by the State Library of Ohio Board on April 20, 2012