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Technology Use Policy

Purpose

The purpose of the Technology Use Policy is to outline guidelines for the use of the technology and electronic devices offered by the Library as well as the City of Santa Ana’s network.

Public access of library owned digital devices

1. Use of library provided digital devices is on a first-come, first-served basis.
2. Patrons are responsible for saving and storing their data on their personal devices. Once a session is ended, all information will be deleted.

Internet use/Wireless access

3. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that the Library publish and adhere to restrictions on downloading or viewing of obscene material, child pornography and/or material deemed harmful to minors.
4. The Library is a public place and users should be aware that information accessed on the
Internet may be observed by others.
5. All Library users are expected to comply with all federal, state, or local laws, policies, or regulations including, but not limited to:

  • Receiving, displaying, or transmitting of child pornography, obscenity, or material harmful to minors.
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.
  • Copyright infringement.
  • Physically or electronically modifying Library computer equipment, and/or tampering with hardware or software.
  • Displaying explicit, graphic or obscene images on Library computers that can be viewed by Library staff may create a hostile workplace environment and may
    constitute a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, both of which prohibit sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination in the workplace.

6. The Internet contains information from a wide variety of viewpoints. Some information Santa Ana Public Library may be inaccurate, outdated or incomplete, and some material may be considered offensive or inappropriate for certain age groups. While the Library is sensitive to concerns about Internet content, the Library cannot control the information accessible through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its contents.
7. The Library uses site-filtering software to block obscene graphic images, pornography and images harmful to minors, but cannot guarantee its effectiveness. Filtering software sometimes blocks access to legitimate information; any library user age 18 or older can request that a specific site be unfiltered.
8. Each computer session is 1 hour. Additional time may be available depending upon reservations and availability.
9. Express computer stations are limited to 30 minutes per session.

Minor's use

10. Access to certain Library computers is limited to specific age groups:

a. Computers located in the Learning Centers and Children’s Library are limited to users who are in 12th grade or below and their accompanying parent/ caregiver.
b. Computers located in the TeenSpace are limited to users who are in 4th through 12th grade.
c. Computers located on the main floor near the Information Desk are available to
users of any age. Users in 5th grade and below must be accompanied and supervised
by a parent or guardian who is at least in the 9th grade or above.

11. Parents and/or guardians assume all responsibility for their child’s use of library computers and access to the internet. Failure to comply with the Santa Ana Public Library rules and policies may result in loss of computer use and/or library privileges.

Failure to comply with this policy’s guidelines may result in loss of computer use and/or library privileges.

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