In providing public access to the Internet, Copiah-Jefferson Regional Library (CJRL) shall be in compliance with provisions of the Childrens Internet Protection Act [Pub.L.No.16-554 and 47 USC 254 (h)] hereto referred to as CIPA. Per this compliance, the library shall endeavor, to the extent practical, to block access by minors to inappropriate matter and visual images on the Internet that are defined by law as "obscene," "child pornography" or "harmful to minors."

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA):

Technology Protection Measure: a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

1. Obscene, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code; or

2. Child Pornography, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 17, United States Code; or

3. Harmful to minors meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

 1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;

 2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and

 3. Taken as whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value to minors.

Sexual Act; Sexual Contact meaning such terms defined in 2246 of title 18, United States Code.

Access to Inappropriate Materials:

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet or other forms of electronic communications or access to inappropriate information.  Specifically, as required by CIPA, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. 

Inappropriate Network Usage:

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the CJRL online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of electronic communications.  Specifically, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes:  (a) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking”, and other unauthorized disclosure, (b) use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors, (c) software piracy and violation of copyright or license agreements and (d) attempts to damage or alter equipment, software or hardware configurations.  CJRL’s Public Computer Use Guidelines are prominently displayed in the library and on the library’s web page.  Individuals who violate these policies may be restricted from access to library services and facilities.  Police may be called for assistance. 

Privacy and Anonymity

1. Users will be able to access and use the Internet anonymously.

2. Sites visited by users will not be recorded by filtering software.

3. A user’s requests to have sites unblocked or filters removed will not be recorded in any way that can be linked to the user’s identity.

Patron request for assistance with block (for patrons 18 yrs or older):

Rather than ask the patron for information about why they are attempting to access a blocked site, staff should state that “the firewall is blocking that site because of [xyz]” where [xyz] is the block reason provided by the blocking system (usually located in the bottom left corner of the screen).  If the reason provided by the system is in regards to any category other than “adult/sexually explicit” or “custom block” and the patron requests that the page be made accessible, then designated staff members (at a minimum this should be the branch manager for the branch) can bypass the block. Once a block has been bypassed, the staff should request that the patron advise them when they have completed their work on the computer so that staff can ensure that the session is logged off and the block override cleared.

Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of CJRL staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and CIPA.

Internet access via CJRL’s wireless connectivity from the user's own computer or computerized device is also subject to these filtering guidelines.

The means for achieving the above shall include visual observation by staff to the extent practical, and the use of filtering software. Users are reminded that the Librarys ability to restrict access and exposure to images and information covered by CIPA is subject to the limitations of filtering software and physical layout of library facilities. It is the ultimate responsibility of parents and legal guardians to monitor and guide their own childrens use of all library resources, including the Internet. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their childrens use of the Internet and to talk about their personal values and expectations for their childrens use of this resource.

Appeal to Library Director

Any individual who wishes to file a written complaint about the filtering software on the library computers may direct such complaints to the Library Director at the Headquarter branch (223 S. Extension Street, Hazlehurst, MS, 39083) or via e-mail to cjrldirector@gmail.com (subject heading: “Internet filtering complaint”).  If the complaint is in response to a specific incident, please make sure to include the branch location, date of event, and website(s) involved.

Policy’s Procedural Implementation

Rather than ask the patron for information about why they are attempting to access a blocked site, staff should state that “the firewall is blocking that site because of [xyz]” where [xyz] is the block reason provided by the blocking system (usually located in the bottom left corner of the screen).  If the reason provided by the system is in regards to any category other than “adult/sexually explicit” or “custom block” and the patron requests that the page be made accessible, then designated staff members (at a minimum this should be the branch manager for the branch) can bypass the block. Once a block has been bypassed, the staff should request that the patron advise them when they have completed their work on the computer so that staff can ensure that the session is logged off and the block override cleared.

The filtering password is provided to employees on an individual basis.  The password is not to be shared with fellow employees in any manner (informal, posted, e-mailed, etc.).

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