Internet Access Policy

Idea Exchange is pleased to offer public access to the Internet, enabling us to electronically provide a window onto a world of ideas, information and commentary well beyond that which is available in our own collections. The purpose of Idea Exchange’s Internet service is to assist community residents in their exploration of reading, arts, innovation and learning. To this end, we are committed to offering free, unfiltered access to the Internet to ensure that residents can exercise their right to choose from the widest range of information available.

The Internet is an unregulated, constantly changing environment that is worldwide in scope. It contains information and opinions that range from reliable and authoritative to controversial or offensive. Staff can guide members in their use of the Internet service; however, individual users should take the time to assess the validity of all information they find.

To assist the public in selecting reliable and authoritative sources of information on the Internet, Idea Exchange provides links to other sites. The selection of these sites falls within the broad guidelines of the Materials Selection Policy. Beyond this, Idea Exchange does not monitor or control any of the information available on the Internet. Idea Exchange only assumes responsibility for information contained in our web site.

Children are entitled to access all information and facilities in the library. As with other materials, children’s access to the Internet and other electronic networks is the responsibility of their parents or guardians. Parents who have concerns about their children’s ability to use the Internet safely should accompany and supervise their children.

Idea Exchange staff have identified some Internet sites of interest to children, as well as resources for parents on children’s use of the Internet. These are available from the Kids section of the Idea Exchange web site.

Internet workstations are in public areas shared by people of all ages and sensibilities. Members are responsible for the selection of sites and should be aware that others may be involuntarily exposed to what is displayed. Staff are authorized to ask members to switch Internet sites if the site they are using is disturbing others, or if children in the vicinity might be exposed to sites featuring explicit sexual activity. Refusing to comply will result in the loss of Internet privileges.

In developing its Internet policy, Idea Exchange confirms, as policy, The Canadian Federation of Library Associations' Statement on Intellectual Freedom. The Library also upholds the Criminal Code of Canada and other legislation governing access to expression of knowledge and intellectual activity. Copying or distribution of materials found on the Internet may infringe on the copyright laws of Canada. Infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights is prohibited.

Members who attempt to use Internet workstations for illegal, actionable or criminal purposes, will be subject to prosecution and will have their library privileges revoked. Those attempting to install, modify or delete software will have their library privileges revoked. Idea Exchange assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect damages arising from the use of its connection to the Internet.

March 2004
Revised Policy: Approved February 24, 2016 (Board Motion 16.15)

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