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It is the responsibility of the library user to read the current version of this document before using the electronic information systems of the Connecticut State Library (CSL). Users who violate the policies and procedures outlined in this document will be considered to have undertaken "Unauthorized or improper use of library... equipment" and, in accordance with the Library's User Conduct Policy, may be asked to leave the Connecticut State Library, and may lose CSL library privileges. Users who employ the electronic information systems of the Connecticut State Library to commit illegal acts may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
Software, databases, CD-ROM products, Internet access, and other on-line information resources are selected and provided for the use of Connecticut State Library users in accordance with the Library's Mission Statement and Collection Development Policy. Use of these resources shall be consistent with the Connecticut State Library's Mission Statement, User Conduct Policy, and other Library policies and procedures. Use of these resources shall also be consistent with applicable state, federal, and international laws. The Connecticut State Library reserves the right to terminate or change, without notice, access to specific electronic information sources and/or the conditions of use of its electronic information.
Parents or legal guardians of minors must assume the same responsibility for a minor's use of electronic information resources that they assume with other library materials. Any restriction of a minor's access to, or use of, those resources shall be the responsibility of the minor's parent or legal guardian. (See under III. D. 1. b. below).
Users may not
alter, change, or modify computer configurations or attempt to do so:
display obscene or sexually explicit graphics. The Connecticut State Library serves all members of the public, including minors, and its computer access terminals are in a public and open environment.
Limitations of Liability
The General Disclaimer of the Connecticut State Library regarding its electronic information resources is that, as with any information medium, materials accessed through the electronic information systems may not be accurate, complete, reliable, or current. The State Library takes no responsibility for electronic information, or for the improper or incorrect use thereof. It encourages users to evaluate electronic materials just as they do printed or other items.
The Connecticut State Library disclaims any warranty of the accuracy, authoritativeness, timeliness, usefulness, or legality of the information obtained from its electronic information systems, including but not limited to the CSL Internet Homepage, the CSL on-line catalog, servers of the Connecticut State Library's electronic information systems, CD-ROM products, external networks, and proprietary databases.
The Connecticut State Library provides access to copyrighted materials, including copyrighted electronic materials. Responsibility for the consequences of copyright infringement shall lie with the user. The Connecticut State Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from copyright infringement by users.
External computers and networks may be unregulated and may contain viruses or other files potentially harmful to users' computer systems. Responsibility for identifying and eliminating viruses in transmission, data files, or programs obtained from or through the Connecticut State Library's electronic information systems or electronic systems accessed by CSL's electronic information systems, shall lie with the user. The Connecticut State Library expressly disclaims liability or responsibility for damages resulting from viruses or other files contained in or obtained through the Library's information systems.
The State Library Board has adopted the following as library
The Connecticut State Library does not monitor or control the information accessed through the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. As with other Library materials, any restriction of a minor's access to and use of the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
Parents/guardians should be aware that the Internet is an unregulated medium, and that the access provided at the Connecticut State Library, as is appropriate in a special library, is unfiltered. In an effort to educate parents and children about the benefits and dangers of this resource, the Library recommends that parents and minors read ALA's The Librarian's Guide to Cyberspace for Parents & Kids before using the Internet at the Connecticut State Library.
Connecticut State Library Home Page and CONSULS WebPac catalog
The Connecticut State Library Home Page and CONSULS WebPac catalog provide users easy access to a variety of information about the State Library. With regard to its Home Page and WebPac catalog, the Connecticut State Library incorporates by reference the "Purpose and Scope," "Disclaimer," and "Data Distribution and Statement of Liability" sections of the State of Connecticut Disclaimers and Permissions Home Page.
Links to other Internet sites
The Connecticut State Library provides "bookmarks" and links to the World Wide Web from its Home Page in keeping with its Mission Statement and Collection Development Policy. The Library maintains a strict standard of excellence in all items associated with the State Library web site, even those that are associated with it through links from the site. However, due to the unregulated nature of the Internet, the Connecticut State Library cannot monitor sites to which it links, nor any subsequent links. Material from external networks may contain information that is controversial, offensive, disturbing, erroneous, or illegal. The Connecticut State Library cannot control access points to or the information found on external networks and shall not be held responsible for the content, presentation, or use of that information.
Any references to organizations, specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturers, or otherwise, do not necessarily constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Connecticut State Library.
The Connecticut State Library is not, and cannot be, responsible for maintaining the privacy or confidentiality of personal or personally identifiable information provided by a user to a third party via the Internet.
Confidentiality of Records
Transaction logs and any other information that may identify specific data, files, programs, or other electronic materials which a user has consulted, are considered by the Connecticut State Library to be confidential under the terms of the Library's Circulation Records - Confidentiality Policy and shall not be divulged to anyone other than the user, except as otherwise provided in the following two paragraphs and in III.D.4.
All users are advised that such records shall not be made available to any agency of the local, state, or federal government except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, local, state, or federal law relating to criminal, civil, or administrative procedures or legislative investigatory power.
Users of Internet browsing software should be aware that the history of sites visited on the web is not private or secure.
The Connecticut State Library acknowledges with thanks the Chatham-Effingham-Liberty Regional Library (Savannah, Georgia), Glendale Public Library (Glendale, Arizona), McAllen Memorial Library (McAllen, Texas), New Milford Public Library (New Milford, Connecticut), Portland Public Library (Portland, Connecticut), and Southbury Public Library (Southbury, Connecticut) for sharing documents from which CSL adapted portions of these guidelines.
CSL Information Services Division, December 1997