Internet Use and Guideline
Library Computer & Internet Use Policy
- Use of library computers and resources for academic purposes has priority over non-academic purposes.
- A 1-hour time limit may be imposed when others are waiting.
- Users may not maliciously access, alter, damage, or destroy any computer system, network, program, or data.
- The Library has an obligation to maintain a welcoming, comfortable, safe, and harassment-free environment for library patrons and for university employees. Usage of library computers must support such an environment.
- In keeping with the spirit of GSC public library Principles of Community, we expect library users to be guided by courtesy, sensitivity, and respect for others when accessing and viewing Internet material and using the library computers in general.
- Computers may not be used for commercial purposes or in violation of state or federal laws or applicable university policies.
- Users should observe applicable intellectual property laws, including Philippines copyright laws.
- Users must adhere to electronic resource licenses, agreements, and guidelines, including those limiting or prohibiting systematic download, duplication, transfer, sale, or commercial exploitation.
- Users must follow all applicable restrictions and guidelines on use of equipment and electronic resources.
Illegal and Unacceptable Uses
- Clients/Researchers may only use the Library’s computers and networks for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Harassment of other users or violation of their privacy (see General Santos City Public Library Policy “Inappropriate Behavior and/or Illegal Conduct”);
- Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending other users;
- Violation of software licensing agreements;
- Overuse of system resources such as bandwidth;
- Attempting to crash, degrade performance of or gain unauthorized access to the Library’s or other computer systems and networks;
- Damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the Library or other users;
- Failure to follow Public Guidelines for Use of Computers and Computer Networks in the Library including but not limited to time limits, printing policies, and use of headphones;
- Exposing children to harmful materials as outlined in REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9775 AN ACT DEFINING THE CRIME OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
- Violations may result in restrictions on library use. Illegal uses of the library’s computers or wireless networks may also be subject to prosecution by local, City government of General Santos.
- The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.
Responsibilities of Users
- Users should be aware that they are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages and sensibilities. Users should refrain from the use of Internet sounds and visuals which might disrupt the ability of other library patrons to use the library and its resources. Library users are individually responsible for their own access, use, or dissemination of information via the Internet in the Library. Users agree to follow the Public Guidelines for Use of Computers and Computer Networks in the Library and to contact staff immediately if experiencing problems or concerns. In the case of minors, use of library computers and library’s wireless network is a joint responsibility of the user and the parent or guardian.
- Users should safely share personal information (name, address, password, telephone number, school or work, credit card number, etc.) on the Internet. This includes but is not limited to email, instant messaging, online purchasing, social media sites, and commercial sites. The Library cannot be responsible for security of personal information shared on or with non-library sites.
- Users should evaluate Internet sources just as they do print materials, questioning the accuracy and completeness of the information. Users must use the Internet at their own risk, realizing that beyond the Library’s web sites, web-based services, and social media pages they may encounter material they find offensive.
Supervising Use by Children and Teens
- Children eight and under must use the Internet with their accompanying adult.
- Parents, teens, and children are encouraged to start their exploration of the Internet with the Library’s web site, especially the Kids and Families and Teens sections. There they will find sites and content for children, teens, and families, chosen by library staff. General Santos City Public Library staff provide assistance in determining search strategies and finding or evaluating sites.
- The Library supports the right for each family to decide what is appropriate Internet use for their children and teens. Use of the Internet presents an opportunity for each family to discuss sites and content they feel is appropriate or inappropriate.
- Parents, guardians, and library staff are expected to instruct minors to safely share personal information (name, address, password, telephone number, school, credit card number, etc.) on the Internet. This includes but is not limited to email, instant messaging, online purchasing, social media sites, and commercial sites. Before giving out any personal information via email, minors need to be confident that they are dealing with someone who is known and trusted by them and their parents or guardians.
FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE POLICIES ABOVE MENTION WILL CAUSE TO INTERNET BAN OR DISCONNECTION TO THE ENTIRE LIBRARY INTERNET NETWORK ACCESS.