Our mission: nurturing the life of the mind by encouraging the community to enter, read, look, listen, and learn.
In pursuit of this mission, goals for the Rangeley Public Library are to serve as a popular materials library, a child's door to learning, an education support center, and a life-long learning center.
We support the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Act.
Fifteen public computers are available for Internet use. Children under 12 MUST have a parent with them.
USE OF COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET
Public Library is committed to providing Rangeley area residents and visitors
of all ages and backgrounds with the best educational and informational
resources. These include internet
access. Parents or guardians, NOT THE
LIBRARY, are responsible for internet information accessed by their
children. Parents, as well as other
patrons, need to be good information consumers.
However, it is the policy of Rangeley Public Library to: (a) prevent user
access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material
via internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic
communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online
activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use or dissemination of
personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the
Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Access to Inappropriate Material
extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall
be used to block or filter internet, or other forms of electronic
communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by the Children’s
Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of
material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful
to minors. Subject to staff supervision,
technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors,
minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
Inappropriate Network Usage
extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of
users of the Rangeley Public Library online computer network when using
electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct
electronic communications. Specifically,
as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of
inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including
so-called ‘hacking’, and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized
disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information
Education, Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be
the responsibility of all members of the Rangeley Public Library staff to
educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network
and access to the internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s
Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act,
and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise
modifying of any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of
the director or designated representatives.
Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Freedom to View
Statement shall apply to all electronically transmitted materials. Persons using the computers in the Rangeley
Public Library shall not engage in conduct that interferes with another
person’s use and enjoyment of the library.
Rangeley Public Library has adopted an Acceptable Use Policy regarding
internet use. The policy is posted by
the public access computers.
Children: In spite of the library’s
internet filtering system, some allowable material may not be appropriate for
all children. It is the library’s policy
that parents or guardians are responsible for deciding which library resources
are appropriate for their children.
Parents may feel some material is inappropriate for children, and should
supervise their children’s internet sessions.
Children’s Room computers are not connected to the internet.
Evaluating Sources: The internet is a
global entity with a highly diverse user population and widely diverse
content. Library patrons use it at their
own risk. As with printed material, not
all sources on the internet provide accurate, complete, or current
information. Users need to evaluate
internet sources just as they do printed publications, critically evaluating
the validity of content.
Laptops: Patrons may plug their laptops into our
electrical power source or access the internet wirelessly.
Acceptable Use Policy
1. Patrons/Visitors must sign a log for each use
session, by doing so they agree to follow the Library’s Computer Use Policy
posted by the public access computers.
2. Computer sessions are limited to a half-hour,
but can be extended at the discretion of library staff if another patron is not
3. Use discretion in printing. Check with staff for current fee per page.
4. A maximum of 2 people may use a single computer
at one time.
5. The user is responsible for any and all damage
to the library computer and peripherals.
Fees will be based on repair/replacement costs.
6. The user is responsible for obeying all laws
pertaining to copyrighted and protected materials.
7. Be aware that not all information on the internet
is accurate. Neither the Rangeley Public
Library nor its staff is liable for negative consequences that might result
from using the library’s internet connection.
8. Misuse or abuse of library equipment will result
in suspension of privileges.
9. Computers may be used for legal purposes only
and may result in suspension of privileges.
10. The library reserves the right to modify its
policies at any time.