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Link to CIPA: http://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act

Technology and Document Services

Public access computers:

Public access computer terminals are available on the second floor. 

Computer use time is limited to 2 hours per day per individual. 

Use of the public computers is free with a valid library card and fines under $5, including associated accounts. 

Each account has three temporary log-ins to be used for temporarily misplaced or forgotten library card; then a $1 fee will be charged for additional temporary log-ins.

Out-of-town guests may use public computers free.  Please sign in at the reference desk on the second floor.

Document services:

(these rates are calculated based on the cost of ink, paper, and energy.  The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library is a 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Organization)

Printing/copying/scan to print
.20¢ for black and white per printed side
.50¢ for color per printed side
*odd sized paper same rates

Faxing
$1.50 for the first page
.50¢ for each additional page
.50¢ for each received page
Library fax number: 361.358.8694

Scans
Scans may be saved to YOUR usb memory device, free of charge.
Scans may be emailed to the recipient of your choice, free of charge.

How to print

  • Determine how many pages you are printing or planning to print
  • Bring your money and library card to the reference desk
  • The staff at the desk will create and/or add funds to your personal printing account
  • The funds on your printing account remain until you have used them

"Why we ask you to create a print account”
You can complete your tasks faster without waiting for library staff AND your confidentiality is assured.

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Joe Barnhart Bee County Library
Computer Use Policy
Revised 10/17/11

The Library Board of the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library approved the following computer use policy:

PATRON RESPONSIBILITY
The Library requires that patrons using public AND personal computers do so within the guidelines of acceptable use. Exposing Library staff or patrons to images which may be deemed objectionable or obscene will result in the revocation of Library privileges. Library staff are authorized to terminate any patron's session or revoke a patron’s computer privileges if a patron fails to comply with this policy. Illegal acts involving Library resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities. Patrons may be given two verbal warnings of unacceptable computer behavior and will then have their privileges revoked after the third incident.  Serious violations will result in immediate loss of computer privileges and removal of patron from the premises.  A loss of privileges may be reviewed upon written request to the Library Director.

COMMUNITY STANDARDS
All computer users must comply with local, state, and federal policies and laws, listed or not, related to use of these computers and use of the Internet.  Violations including, copyright infringement, downloading pirated materials, displaying obscene images, accessing resources provoking sexual harassment, and child pornography will not be tolerated. These regulations apply to all computer users on the library premises.

RULES GOVERNING USE

  • Computer users will observe generally accepted “community standards” in their selection of websites to access.
  • Commercial use of public access computers is prohibited.
  • Patrons must have their library card, in good standing, in their possession to use computers.
  • All patrons must have complete and clear library accounts including associated accounts (no blocks – i.e. overdue charges over $5.00, returned check/credit charges, missing information, etc.).
  • All public access computers are filtered.  This is in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
  • Library workstation time usage is limited to 2 hours. 
  • Time is allotted per library card.
  • Patron may not use another patron’s access to the computers.  If they do, both the patron using the computer and the patron whose card is being used, will be suspended from using the computer for an appropriate length of time.
  • Patrons must be seated when using the computer.  They may not lean over another patron who is using the computer.
  • The Library staff cannot set up electronic mail accounts.  If a patron wishes to use this resource, they are responsible for accessing and creating their account independently.
  • A Library staff member will assist patrons with computer use as time permits, but cannot offer detailed training or technical support.  Patrons needing training will be advised of the next scheduled workshop.
  • The Library will offer free workshops to its patrons for their personal use.  The Library Director must approve workshops for business or for profit use.  Space rental and service fees will apply.
  • It is the patron’s responsibility to pay for any pages printed they print.  Current printing rates are 20¢ for black and white, 50¢ for color pages per printed side. 

CHILDREN’S USE

  • Children 8 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while using the Library’s computers.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s use of equipment and should monitor their children’s selection of viewing material.
  • Children must be seated when using the computer.  They may not lean over another child who is using the computer.
  • Parents/guardians of children under 18 years of age must declare explicit permission for their child to use access the internet.

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CHOOSING AND EVALUATING SOURCES

  • In choosing sources to link to, the Library follows generally accepted library practices.  Beyond this, we do not monitor or control information accessible through the Internet and do not accept responsibility for its content.
  • The Library is not responsible for changes in content of the sources to which we link, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links.
  • Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.  Users should critically evaluate Internet sources to determine the validity of the information provided.

PATRONS MAY NOT USE COMPUTERS TO:

  • Gain unauthorized access to restricted files or networks.
  • Obstruct other people’s work on the network.
  • Access content violating community standards.
  • Attempt to cause the system performance to be degraded.
  • Attempt to alter or damage computer equipment or software.
  • Perpetrate any illegal or criminal purpose.
  • Operate a business or commercial activity.
  • Violate copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  • Install or download any software.
  • Use unapproved devices to download software or save programs.

ADDITIONAL UNACCEPTABLE ACTIVITIES:

  • Use of electronic information networks for any purpose that results in the harassment of other users.
  • Destruction of, damage to, or unauthorized alteration of the Library computer equipment, software, or network security procedures.
  • Use of electronic information networks in any way that violates a Federal or State or local law.
  • Unauthorized duplication of copy protected software or violation of software license agreements.
  • Violation of system security.
  • Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to others.

Violations will result in loss of computer use privileges and/or banning from the library premises.  Unlawful activities will be referred to appropriate legal authorities.

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