The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connects thousands of computers all over the world. Use of the Harrington Library Consortium’s Internet server provides patrons with access to the vast amount of information available through these connections. While HLC offers pointers to a wide range of useful and interesting sites through its home page, all Internet sites are accessible, some of which may contain controversial or offensive material. We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of HLC. HLC does not monitor, and has no control over, the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.
Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Violation of computer system integrity;
- Unauthorized tampering with computer hardware or software;
- Violation of software license agreements and copyright laws;
- Violation of another user’s privacy;
- Use of Internet workstations for purposes other than Internet access.
Illegal acts involving HLC computing resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the Internet through the HLC connection. Another important set of helpful suggestions for your child’s safety on the Internet is Child Safety on the Information Highway, reprinted and distributed with permission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
HLC staff cannot control the availability of information links which often change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information.