Internet Policies

Policy, Terms and Conditions For Use of Internet

Internet access is available to residents of the Town of Inola. We are very pleased to bring this access to our city, and believe the internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting millions of computers and individuals all over the world. The Inola Public Library has access to:

  • Electronic mail communication with people all over the world
  • Information and news
  • Shared, worldwide educational projects
  • Access to many university library catalogs, the Library of Congress, the UN and other such resources around the world.

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines.

This document outlines these guidelines so that the patron is aware of the responsibilities they are about to acquire. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If an Inola Public Library user violates any of the provisions, his or her access will be terminated and future access could be denied.

Terms and Conditions

The purpose of NSFNET (National Science Foundation Network), the backbone to the Internet, is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the U.S. by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of the patron’s access must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Inola Public Library. Use of other organization’s networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any U. S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but not limited to, the following copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of that privilege. The Library administration will determine what inappropriate use is and their decision is final. Also, the administration may close access at any time as may be required. The administration and staff of Inola Public Library may request that specific user accounts be denied, revoked, or suspended.

Patrons are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette, not limited to the following:

Be polite.

Do not send abusive messages to others.

Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, or other inappropriate language of any type.

Illegal activities are strictly forbidden. Do not reveal your personal address or phone number.

Email is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the systems have access to all mail.

Messages relating to, or in support of, illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.

The Inola Public Library makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the Internet service. The Inola Public Library will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays; non-deliveries, mis-deliveries or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or patron errors or omissions.

Use of information obtained via Inola Public Library’s Internet access is at the patron’s own risk. The Inola Public Library specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through this service.

Security on any computer system is high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a system problem on the Internet, you must notify a Library staff member. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another user’s account.

Attempts to log in to the Internet as an administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet.

Vandalism will result in the cancellation of user privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, The Inola Public Library or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to the NSFNET backbone. This includes, but is not limited to the uploading, downloading or creation of computer viruses.

The terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Oklahoma, and the United States of America.

Terms and Conditions For Use of Internet By Minors

All patrons under the age of 18 must have on file, with the staff of Inola Public Library, a Parental Consent Form, signed by his/her parent or legal guardian.

Minors are allowed to take the Parental Consent Form home for their parent/guardian to sign as long as a working, current phone number is supplied along with the form where the parent/guardian may be reached for verification. If the parent/guardian is not a current library cardholder, information such as name, mailing address, and phone numbers should also be supplied.

The Minor will be issued a card for Computer Use Only. Minors are not allowed to use this card for checking out books or videos.

It is strongly advised that Minors under the age of 10 be accompanied by an adult for supervision.

The staff of Inola Public Library is NOT RESPONSIBLE for observing or supervising Minors activities on the computers. It is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian.

The Minor’s parent or legal guardian may inform the staff of Inola Public Library at any time if they wish their child to be denied computer access.