The Morgan City Public Library is a service institution dedicated to providing the highest quality services to meet the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of the community. To accomplish this mission, the Library will acquire, organize and provide access to materials that reflects all points of view. The Library will take a proactive position by interacting with the community to develop resources, policies, and professional services in response to changing needs. The Morgan City Public Library’s mission includes access to information of all kinds. Access to electronic information is available to all citizens. As part of our mission to meet the needs of the community, the Library makes available free access to online services.
INTERNET USE POLICY FOR THE MORGAN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Morgan City Public Library provides limited access to the Internet as a service to our patrons. The Internet is a resource that enables library patrons to connect to information beyond that contained in the Library’s collection. The Library is not a commercial Internet service provider. It is the Library’s policy to provide Internet access to the public within the limits of available space, equipment, time, personnel, and other resources. Because of the lack of space in the library only ONE patron may use the computer at a time in order to avoid disturbing other users of workstations nearby. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the suspension of use of the computer. The Library cannot guarantee access to the Internet at any given time. The Library may recommend interesting, useful and legal Internet destinations and resources for Library patrons to access and explore. However, the Internet is currently an ungoverned and unregulated source of both verified and unverified information. While the Internet does contain a wealth of useful material, it also provides access to sites containing material that some patrons may find offensive or objectionable as well as access to sites that may be illegal, unlawful or obscene.
This Internet Policy is intended to affirm and serves to advance the following governmental interests:
(A) The protection of children from exposure to obscene material, child pornography, material harmful to them; and
(B) The prevention of the creation of a sexually hostile work environment for library patrons and employees, and the prevention of discriminatory conduct; and
(C) The maintenance of discipline and order, and the limitation of disruptions in the study or work environment of the Library; and
(D) The minimization of providing access to illegal pornography, and
(E) The aid and support of Federal, State, and Local criminal and civil laws designed to deter and punish trafficking in obscenity, child pornography, stalking, and harassment by means of computer; and
(F) With respect to minors, the exclusion of material which is “pervasively vulgar” or “educationally unsuitable” for the respective recipient age group.
In providing computer access as an information resource, such as the use of providing access to or through the Internet, World Wide Web, or an interactive computer service the Library realizes that electronic display is more public in nature that other print media. It also recognizes that while it is impossible to monitor all the information or images that can be accessed on the Internet, some amount of control can be exercised with the use of filtering software as mandated by Congress. The library will seek to facilitate, provide, and encourage Internet use in its facilities that is in accordance with general community standards and in keeping with Federal, State, and Local standards of the City of Morgan City Code of Ordinances Section 74-146. The public dissemination of obscene material or child pornography is neither necessary nor required under the Library’s mission and is inconsistent with public policy and community standards. The Library also seeks to avoid and minimize the opportunity that unrestricted access to the Internet could result in exposure and exhibition of offensive sexual materials that could contribute to a hostile work place or other sexual harassment or disciplinary problems within the Library environment.
RULES FOR USE FOR THE INTERNET