Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Nova Scotia’s regional public libraries are connected to the Internet through the Department of Education and Culture’s Wide Area Network. The Internet links computer networks around the world, giving libraries, community colleges, museums and their users access to a wide variety of computer and information resources. In general, electronic traffic passes freely in a trusting atmosphere with a minimum of constraints.
In return, every Internet User has the responsibility to respect and protect the rights of every User in our community and on the Internet. Library Users are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner, in accordance with the missions and purposes of the other networks they use on the Internet and the laws of Canada.
Guidelines for Public Use on the Internet
Internet access is a privilege, not a right, offered to all Library Users, subject to the completion of the Consent Waiver and indemnification form included.
The User is held responsible for his/her actions and activities. Unacceptable uses of the network will result in the suspension or revoking of these privileges. Some examples of such unacceptable use are:
- Using the network for any illegal activity.
- Using the network for financial or commercial gain.
- Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance; the rebooting or turning the computer on or off is not permitted.
- Vandalizing the data of another user.
- Wastefully using finite resources.
- Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities.
- Invading the privacy of individuals.
- Using an account owned by another user.
- Posting personal communications without the author’s consent.
- Posting anonymous messages.
- Using your own programs, due to possible virus infection.
Normal regulations governing conduct in the Library and Library use must be adhered to by all Users; for example, rules on noise, food, drink, etc.
Internet Consent, Waiver and Indemnification
Prior to accessing the Library’s Internet terminals, Users (and parents or legal guardians if applicable) agree to abide by and accept the Guidelines and Rules noted in the Acceptable Use Policy plus the following conditions:
- The Library does not and will not control or monitor any and all Information accessible on the Internet. The information obtained through the Internet may contain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or offensive to young persons and/or adults.
- The user and his/her parent/legal guardian are warned the Library does not have control over the information on the Internet, nor does it provide any barriers to Users accessing the full range of information available.
- The library’s Internet access is an experimental system being developed to further its informational, educational, recreational and cultural objectives.
- The Library makes no warranties with respect to Internet service and it specifically assumes no responsibility for:
- The content of any advice or information received by the User from any source located on the Internet or any costs or charges incurred as a result of seeing or accepting such advice or information
- Any costs, liability or damages caused by the way the user chooses to use his/her Internet access
- Any consequences of service interruptions or charges.
- The Library will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of every User, however, this privilege cannot be guaranteed.
Users that the Library’s Guidelines and Rules must be followed and that any breach of these Guidelines and Rules will make the User subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including but not limited to the loss of Internet privileges.
In consideration of my being permitted to use the Library’s Internet facilities, 1, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns release the Library, its respective servants, agents, employees, officers or directors from any claims, demands, damages, actions or causes of action arising out of or in consequence of any loss, injury or damage to my person or property incurred while attending at or participating in Internet usage at the Library notwithstanding that any such loss, injury or damage may have arisen by reason of the negligence of the Library, its servants, agents, employees, directors or officers.
In consideration of my being permitted to use the Library’s Internet facilities, I agree to indemnify the Library, its servants, agents, employees, directors or officers from any claims or demand which might be made against the Library arising out of or in consequence of my usage of the Library’s Internet facilities.