Public Access Computer Resources

Children

The Children's area has 6 computers for patrons under the age of 13. These computers have Microsoft® Office, as well as internet access and educational games for multiple grade levels. These computers have access to both a monochrome laser printer and a color laser printer through the network. Projects completed in the library may be saved to a floppy disk or portable USB media. CD or DVD writers are not available.

Teens

The teen area has 7 computers for use by patrons ages 13 to 17. These computers have Microsoft® Office, as well as internet access. These computers have access to both a monochrome laser printer and a color laser printer through the network. Projects completed in the library may be saved to a floppy disk or portable USB media. CD or DVD writers are not available.

Adults

The Adult area has 9 computers for use by patrons who are 18 years of age or older. 3 family workstations are available where up to 3 family members can work together. These computers have Microsoft® Office, internet access and access to both a monochrome laser printer and a color laser printer through the network. Projects completed in the library may be saved to a floppy disk or portable USB media. CD or DVD writers are not available.

Genealogy Research

The Genealogy area has 2 internet-connected computers and one computer connected to our microfilm scanner. The internet-connected computers have Microsoft® Office and desktop links to online genealogy research databases, A local survey database with pictures historical buildings in Union County is available. Two small laser printers are available within the genealogy section.

All public use computers are filtered with web filtering software in compliance with Section 16-15-305, South Carolina Code of Laws. Attempts to bypass content filtering will result in loss of computer access privileges.

Policies Governing Internet Use in the Library

1.Internet use is managed in a manner consistent with the Library Code of Conduct that has been adopted by the Union County Carnegie Library Board of Trustees. This code of conduct is posted in the library.

2.Acceptable Use Agreements are distributed to members when they register. Signatures on membership application cards indicate acceptance of the code of conduct regulating computer use.

3.Failure to use the Internet stations responsibly and appropriately as defined in the Acceptable Use Agreement results in immediate revocation of internet privileges and/or library privileges. Unacceptable use that is illegal can result in criminal prosecution.

Internet Safety Policy

•An individual user takes full responsibility for complying with copyright laws and software licensing agreements.

•Computers are not used to gain access to the library network or the computer systems and networks of others. Users may not damage or attempt to damage or alter equipment or software. Patrons may not install personal software on library computers.

•All public use computers are filtered with web filtering software in compliance with Section 16-15-305, South Carolina Code of Laws and the Children’s Internet Protection Act, in order to block access to inappropriate matter. Filters are removed by the library director upon request by an adult conducting bona fide research.

•To the extent practical, steps are taken to promote safety and security of users of the Union County Carnegie Library online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and discrimination of personal identification information regarding minors. To the extent practical, measures

are designed to restrict access to materials harmful to minors.

•Internet access through the library may not be used for financial gain, or for any commercial activities. Use of credit cards and disclosure of private information on library computers is not recommended.

•Gambling and dating sites are not permitted.

•A copy of this policy is provided with explanation to each Internet user. This policy is posted near all public workstations.

•Failure to follow the rules and policies of Union County Carnegie Library as outlined results in the revocation of library privileges.