The computers are for use by the community to create and enhance skills in computer use and literacy. The Library as a general selection of commercial and public domain software for use in the Library. The software selection has been chosen to represent a range of potential uses for computers and does not profess to be definitive.
Any resident or business person of the Town of North Judson or Wayne Township who has applied for a Library card and is a patron in good standing, or a patron in good standing from a library which has signed the reciprocal borrowing covenant, may use the computers. Parents must supervise children who have not yet reached the age of 12.
The Library will not do individual training on how to use the computers. Persons desiring to use the computers need to have some expertise. A basic introductory program on how to use Claris Works is available and each application has instructions specific to the program. Staff is available for questions only.
The computers are accessible during the Library's regular business hours. They will shut down one-half hour before closing.
Only two persons may use a single workstation at any one time. Appointments for use of the computer should be made in advance for one hour time slots. If work needs to be printed, the patron must allow time within their one hour appointment for this. If a patron consistently ignores or goes over their allotted time, they will be denied computer time. During periods of heavy demand, no patron will be allowed to schedule more than one time slot. Patrons must call the library in advance to schedule computer time and appointments may be made up to one week in advance. Charges for computer printed pages will be the same as for the copier.
Library staff has the right to restrict usage for persons who cannot abide by the regulations of the library or the specific rules for the use of the computer. Attempts at altering programs or other functions of the computers without authorization will result in permanent denial of access to the network.
The Library will maintain a range of applications for educational and informational use. The library is always interested in recommendations of appropriate software. Copyright laws must be observed. The Library will have data disks available for purchase to save work in progress. No outside disks or disks used on another computer may be used in the Library's network even though the network has virus protection.
Using the computers at the library is a privilege, not a right. The Library staff has the right to restrict/ban computer usage by persons who cannot abide by the regulations of the library of the specific rules for the use of the computers. Attempts at altering programs or other functions of the computers without authorization will result in permanent denial of access to the network.
You must call at least one (1) hour in advance if you want to be guaranteed computer time on any computer that is open. Any terminals not reserved will be available on a first come/first served basis. NO computer time will be scheduled after 7 p.m. weekdays.
Computer usage is allowed in one hour divisions. It is your obligation to show up on time if you reserve a computer in advance. If you are more than 10 minutes late (and do not notify us that you will be late) the next person wanting computer time will be given the computer you had reserved and you will have to wait until a computer is available.
No more than one person is allowed to use a computer at any time. However, adults may work in pairs for projects or if teaching someone how to use a program. If the patrons working at a computer become too noisy, they will be verbally warned. If they do not adjust their behavior they will be asked to leave.
Except for the online public access computers (OPAC), which have replaced the card catalogs, all computers are locked down until a patron comes in who has scheduled time on the computers. Once the patron has signed in, one of the computers will be unlocked by the administrator.
You must allow time within your hour to print out any papers/reports and you MUST notify the staff BEFORE you print. The cost of printing is .20 cents per sheets. Any patron who consistently ignores or goes over their allotted time can be denied future computer use or can have their computer time severely limited.
Booted disks and CDs can only be removed from the computer by the administrator.
It is not the staff's job to teach patrons how to use the hardware or software. The library staff will assist computer patrons to the best of their abilities; however, they do have other patrons to help and work to do.
While you are using the computer, your work can be observed. This is done so that we can anticipate any problems that may develop. If you are observed doing anything illegal, or not considered to be appropriate to local behavioral codes, you will be asked to leave the computer.
Items may only be downloaded with permission from the librarian in charge. Nothing may be uploaded.
The library supports U.S. Copyright laws. Users shall respect and abide by all copyright laws as they apply to computer applications.