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There is no charge to use the public typewriter and no reservations are necessary. A schedule is maintained at the Circulation Desk indicating when the typewriter is not available (during meetings and programs). PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE TO MAKE SURE IT IS AVAILABLE.
Previous typing knowledge on the part of the user is assumed. There is no typing tutorial or Staff assistance available.
There is a limit of 2 people at a time at the typewriter. In the case of disruptive behavior, the remaining time on the typewriter will be forfeited.
Users must provide their own paper or purchase it at the Circulation Desk. The typewriter is self correcting, so no white out or correction tape should be used.
A 15 minute warning will be given if someone is waiting to use the typewriter.
Revised 11-97; Reviewed 5:13:02; Revised 6:9:08
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GUIDELINES FOR USING THE PUBLIC ACCESS DATABASE COMPUTER
The Public Access Database Computer provides access to electronic resources. Resources include, but not limited to, magazine and journal articles, tax forms, health information, as well as community information and world news.
Previous computer knowledge on the part of the user is not assumed. The Reference Staff will assist the public in locating information.
There is a limit of 1 person using the equipment at a time unless a mentoring situation exists.
There is no charge to use the Public Access Database Computer. No signup is required. The computer is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
All computers are linked to the Library's print server. Users are asked to approve the printing and pay for printouts in advance. There are no refunds. Circulation Staff will assist the public using the print server.
Black and white printouts are billed at 15 cents per single-sided sheet. Color printouts are billed at 50 cents per single-sided sheet. LEGAL SIZE PAPER IS NOT AVAILABLE.
9-14-98; Reviewed 5:13:02; Reviewed 6-9-08; Revised December 14, 2009
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GUIDELINES FOR USING THE PUBLIC COMPUTERS
The Computer Lab computers provide Firefox, Resume Maker Professional, Microsoft Office 2007 (includes Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint) for public use. Virus protection is also installed on each computer.
Previous computer and typing knowledge on the part of the user is required Staff will not assist the user except in the case of electrical malfunction. The Library Staff will reset the computer once during a user's computer session.
Computers are generally available from the opening of the Library until 15 minutes prior to the close of business. A schedule is maintained at the Circulation Desk indicating when the computers are not available (during meetings and programs). No reservations will be taken for use of the computers. The computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If no one is waiting, an additional 60 minutes may be used.
Children ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult to use the computers and are limited to using the Youth Computer Lab. There are no additional chairs for assistants in the Youth Computer Lab. Chairs cannot be moved to assist Youth Lab users.
When the computers are in use by members of the public, the tables may be used for quiet, individual study. No talking is permitted by persons seated at the tables.
There is no charge for computer access for residents. (See next section for explanation on fees). The computers will automatically log off 15 minutes before the close of business.
The library's printer is capable of printing in both b&w and color. The cost for b&w printouts is $ 0.15 and color is $ 0.50 per page. Customers will use the library's Print Release Station located in the library's computer lab to print your documents. LEGAL SIZE PAPER IS NOT AVAILABLE.
The Riverdale Public Library assumes no liability for any loss or damage to the customer's data. Any files saved to the hard drive will be deleted automatically at the end of the user's login. Files can be saved to a zip disk, floppy disk or USB flash drive. Customers may bring a personal disk or purchase a blank standard floppy disk at the Circulation Desk for $1.00 or a flash drive for $10.00.
Customers will be held financially responsible for any costs associated with the repair or replacement of equipment or software damaged by the customer or by minors for whom the customer is responsible.
There are no refunds except for electrical failure.
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GUIDELINES FOR USING THE INTERNET
PUBLIC INTERNET POLICY & Agreement
In order for a customer to use the Riverdale Public Library's Internet Connection, s/he must read and agree to these guidelines.
NATURE OF THE INTERNET
The Library has no control over the information
accessed through the Internet. Internet sites in the Adult Computer Lab
are filtered to block access to pornographic sites, proxies and hacking sites.
Computers in the Youth Services Department have additional filtering. The
Library is not responsible for any failures in the filtering software. The Internet is a global entity with a
highly diverse user population, and Library customers use it at their
Certain information obtained via the Internet
may be considered offensive, disturbing, controversial and/or illegal by some
customers. Discretion and discrimination in the access and use of
on-line materials is the responsibility of the customer. In the case of a
customer who is also a minor, restrictions accessing these on-line materials
are the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. Parents are expected
to monitor and supervise their child's use of the Internet. The Library Board
of Trustees firmly believes that the benefits of the valuable information and interaction
available on this world-wide network far outweigh the concerns that users
may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of the Library.
Information obtained via the Internet may not be
reliable, accurate or current. Links to information on the Internet may not
always be valid, and particular information sites on the Internet may
sometimes be unavailable. The Riverdale Public Library will offer pointers to
a wide range of useful and interesting sites through its home page, but all
Internet sites are accessible.
The Riverdale Public Library and its Staff are not responsible for damages, direct or indirect, arising from the Library customer's use of the Library's Internet Connection.
Staff will not assist the
user except in case of electrical malfunctions. The Library does not offer any instruction on the use of the
The Reference Staff is available to help customers locate books, periodicals and DVD's about the Internet.
ELIGIBILITY FOR INTERNET PRIVILEGES IN THE ADULT COMPUTER LAB
Any adult 18 years of age or over.
Any customer 12 through 17 years of age
whose parent/legal guardian has signed the Internet Authorization Form.
*Unauthorized youth ages 12-17 are prohibited from using the Adult Lab even if they are "assisting" an adult who is not their parent/legal guardian.
ELIGIBILITY FOR INTERNET PRIVILEGES IN THE YOUTH COMPUTER LAB
Users 8 years of age or older.
Children under age 8 are limited to the Youth Lab. A parent/guardian must remain with the child at all times.
The electronic traffic originating from
the Riverdale Public Library's Internet Connection shall be in accordance with policies as
stated in this document. Failure to abide by
these policies shall result in immediate loss of Internet privileges.
Use of the Library's Internet Connection shall be guided by respect for the privacy of others, attention to the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data, and consideration for the security and functioning of the Library's computer networks and systems.
Unacceptable Internet Connection usage includes, but is not limited to:
Accessing or transmitting any
material in violation of federal, state, or county regulations. This includes,
but is not limited to, copyrighted materials, threatening or obscene materials
(as established by ordinance such as the Cook County Ordinance Prohibiting Child
Pornography), or materials protected by trade secret;
Violation of any computer system's
Tampering with the Library's computer
hardware or software. Customer agrees to pay any costs associated with the repair or
replacement of equipment or software damaged by self or by minors for whom user is
Storage of data to anything other than
a floppy diskette or USB flash drive. Any files stored on the hard drive will automatically be
erased at the end of the business day;
Violating software license
agreements and copyright laws;
Violating another user's privacy;
Behaving in a manner that is
disruptive to other users;
Users with disruptive
children will be asked to leave the Library.
Using personal software
No audible sound from
computers will be allowed. One warning will be given to users who's audio
settings can be heard by other users or staff. If there is a complaint
after first warning, the user's computer session will be terminated immediately.
If Library Staff observe or become
aware of any behavior judged to be in conflict with this policy, customers will be
removed from the Computer Labs. Misuse or abuse of Library or Internet
access will result in suspension of Internet privileges.
Misuse of any Riverdale Library identification including, but not limited to the name, street address, e-mail address or telephone numbers will result in the loss of computer privileges.
All computer users must use their own library card in good standing (no
fines or fees) in order to make a reservation. Anyone
using their card to make a reservation for another user, or allow someone else
to use their time, will have their computer privileges restricted.
There is no charge for Riverdale residents to use the computers.
The computers will automatically log off 15 minutes before the close of
The computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Riverdale
residents will use the scheduling manager located in the Adult Lab to sign up
for a computer. If no one is waiting, residents will be prompted whether they
would like an additional 60 minutes if no one is waiting. Staff will
assist residents using the scheduling manager. Residents who consistently
require staff assistance will be warned and then charged $1.00 per transaction. There are no refunds except for
electrical failure. Unattended computers will be logged off.
Non-residents will be charged $1.00 for the 1 hour Internet Computers. The
computers will automatically log off 15 minutes before the close of business.
The computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Non-residents
must be assigned a computer from the Circulation Desk. If no one is waiting,
non-residents must return to the Circulation Desk to pay to have additional time
added. There are no refunds except for
electrical failure. Unattended computers will be logged off.
All computers are linked to the Library's print
server. Users are asked to approve the printing and pay for printouts in
advance. There are no refunds. Staff will assist the public using the
Black and white
printouts are billed at 15 cents per single-sided sheet. Color printouts
are billed at 50 cents per single-sided sheet. LEGAL
SIZE PAPER IS NOT AVAILABLE.
Blank standard floppy diskettes can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $1.00 or a flash drive for $10.00
E-MAIL AND CHAT GROUPS
The Library does not directly
provide access to electronic mail or access to news/discussion groups or chat
rooms on the Internet. However, customers with a free, personal e-mail account
available on the web, may use the workstation to send and receive mail.
The contents of e-mail may not violate the Library's policy as it relates to Unacceptable Use (above).
Customers may download to a
flash drive or floppy diskette. Customs may purchase a standard
floppy disks from the Circulation Desk for $1.00 or a flash drive for $10.00.
The Library is not responsible for any
loss or damage to personal disks or data as a result of downloading.
Software downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses. The Library is not responsible for damage to a customer's computer equipment due to viruses.
Due to the proximity of other customers
and the security limitations of electronic files, privacy cannot be guaranteed for any
customer using the Internet. Computer users are under video surveillance
as well as personal observation by Library Staff members.
REGULATIONS FOR USE OF THE INTERNET WORKSTATION
Customers must read the accept the Public Internet Policy and Agreement before accessing the Library's Internet Connection. Minor children using the Adult Computer Lab must have a signed Internet Authorization Form from a parent or guardian. The signed document will be kept on file at the Library.
Internet users may bring
someone to assist them during their session. There are no additional
chairs for assistants in the Youth Computer Lab.
Unauthorized youth ages 12-17
are prohibited from using the Adult Lab, even if they are "assisting" an adult
who is not their parent/legal guardian.
The computers are available
on a first-come, first-served basis. If no one is waiting, an additional 60
minutes may be requested.
The computers will
automatically log off 15 minutes before close of business.
Infractions of the Internet Policies
will result in the following penalties: first offense will result in a 6-month suspension
of Internet privileges and notification of a parent/legal guardian if appropriate; the second offense will result in a permanent loss of Internet
For the parent/legal guardians of minor children, your signature on the Internet Authorization Form is legally binding and indicates that you have read the terms and conditions of this policy and understand their significance.
The user realizes that the use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. The user accepts that inappropriate behavior will lead to penalties revoking computer use and/or legal action may be taken against them.
The user will not send, receive or display text or graphics that may be reasonable construed by Library Staff as offensive to the public or transfer inappropriate or illegal materials through the Riverdale Public Library's Internet connection. Materials representing treason or libel (as proven in court) or pornography (as established by ordinance such as the cook County Ordinance Prohibiting Child Pornography) shall reasonably be considered offensive go the public.
The user understands that the Library Staff, while respecting the user's right to privacy, reserves the right to monitor use of the Internet workstation to insure compliance with this policy. In the case of minor children, the parent/legal guardian assumes all liability for the minor's access to inappropriate sites.
The user agrees to pay any cost associated with the repair or replacement of equipment or software damage or by a minor for whom they are responsible.
The user agrees and acknowledges that the Riverdale Public Library assumes no liability for any loss or damage to data. Files saved to the hard drive will automatically be erased at the end of the business day.
The user agrees to read and abide by the Riverdale Public Library's Public Internet Policy and Agreement.
Adopted: August 14, 2000; revised 2/02; effective 4-1-02; revised 5-13-02; revised 12-13-04; revised 6-9-08; revised 12-10-09;
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September 26, 1997
Updated: December 19, 2013