The McCarthy Library provides direct, automatic access to library catalogs, databases, and other electronic resources. The Library has a commitment to continuous improvement of the system and to expanding the range of resources available via the online system. The Internet is one of the many library resources. All together, these support the independent learning of individuals and provide a variety of resources that reflect the diversity of Napa Counties' multicultural communities as well as our interconnectedness with the global village.
The Internet, as an electronic information resource, enables the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection. It allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the globe. It is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a vast array of tools and resources that are personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing, and/or illegal.
The McCarthy Library does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy of information obtained through the Internet. Polaris member libraries do not control or monitor material which may be accessible from Internet sources. The Polaris member libraries' selection policies which serve to govern the purchase of materials are not applicable to material accessed electronically. Library patrons use the Internet and electronic databases at their own risk. The McCarthy Library and its member libraries assume no responsibility and shall have no liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential damages arising from use of its database server or from its connection to the Internet. Library staff will identify and display specific starting points for searches which are appropriate to the libraries' missions and service roles. The McCarthy Library is not responsible for changes in content of the sources to which it links or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links.
Each individual user must accept responsibility for determining which electronic resources they will access and determining for themselves the relative value of the content. The McCarthy Library cannot censor access to material or protect users from offensive information. Since the Internet is not secure, each user accepts personal and financial responsibility for information transmitted or received.
Children's Access and Usage
The McCarthy Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to determine and monitor their children's use of library materials and resources. Restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or guardian; the Library does not have the right or responsibility to act in the place of the parent (in loco parentis). There will be some resources which parents or guardians may feel are inappropriate for their children. Parents or guardians should let their children know if there are materials which they do not want them to use. Parents or guardians are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting and using materials and resources that are consistent with their own distinct family and personal viewpoints or values. Parents or guardians should supervise their children's Internet sessions. Parents or guardians and children are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association.
Ethical and Acceptable Use
All users of electronic information resources such as the Internet are expected to use these resources in a responsible manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which they are provided. It is unacceptable to use Polaris computer systems and Internet resources for any purposes which violate the law or Polaris member library policies. The following is a list of unacceptable uses:
- Violation of applicable federal or state laws
- Sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which contain extremes of sex or violence that are an end to themselves or which may reasonably be construed as obscene by contemporary state-wide standards
- Use of the computers to gain access to Napa Valley College's network or computer systems or to any other restricted network or computer system
- Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers
- Violation of copyright laws or licensing agreements pertaining to software, files, and other resources obtained electronically
- Violation of another user's privacy
- Attempting to alter software configurations or to cause degradation of system performance
- Engaging in any activity which is deliberately and maliciously offensive, libelous, or slanderous
- Installing or downloading any software
- Disrupting or interfering with network users or services. Such interference or disruption includes, but is not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising, harassment of others, propagation of computer worms or viruses, randomly initiating interactive electronic communications, and overuse of interactive network utilities
- Tampering with, destroying, or damaging equipment, software, or data belonging to McCarthy Library.
Violation of Policies
Users violating these or any other library policies and guidelines will be advised of the policies and asked to comply. Users who persist in violating these policies after previous warning will be restricted from using the Library's online services on that occasion. The McCarthy Library reserves the right to prohibit those who fail to use Internet and computer workstations appropriately and responsibly from future access or use of the online services. Illegal acts may subject violators to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.