The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library offers information resources in response to advances in technology and the changing information needs of the community.
The information and resources available on the Internet extend beyond the traditional collections and electronic resources selected by our collection specialists. The Internet is not a monitored environment, and while there is a vast amount of reliable information available on the Internet, not all of the sources there provide accurate, complete or current information; some might even be offensive to some library customers.
The Internet is a rapidly changing environment; the Library does not monitor and has no control over the information obtained and is not responsible for its content. Users of the Internet must be responsible for determining that the information they access is acceptable, reliable, and suitable to their needs.
To complement the Library’s collection of subscription databases, professional librarians have selected sites for inclusion on the Library’s website according to the criteria defined in the Library’s Collection Development Policy.
Mansfield/Richland County Public Library staff is also available to provide introductory assistance to help identify appropriate sites.
As with all Library materials, parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for their children’s use of the Internet. Library staff cannot control the websites that children may select. Parents are encouraged to work with their children to develop acceptable rules for Internet use.
Use of Workstations
The Library may use social networking applications to facilitate communication and encourage collaboration between library staff and library customers. The Library reserves the right to monitor content before it is posted on all of its social networking websites and accounts, and to modify or remove any messages or postings that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of copyright, trademark right or another intellectual property right of any third party, or otherwise inappropriate for the service. The Library also reserves the right to edit or modify any submissions in response to requests for feedback or another commentary. The Library is not obligated to take any such actions, and will not be responsible or liable for content posted by any subscriber in any forum, message board, or another area within the service.
The use of the Library’s electronic resources, including wireless Internet access, to engage in any activity which constitutes violation of local, state, and/or federal laws is strictly prohibited.
Any and all efforts to bypass the security of the library network and any other computer network connected with the Library are strictly prohibited.
Customers are prohibited from using library workstations or wireless Internet access to display sexually explicit text or graphics, as defined in sections 2907.01 and 2907.31 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed materials in compliance with copyright laws are permitted.
All users of the electronic resources of the Library agree to hold the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library harmless for any and all claims, losses or damages, obligations or liabilities directly or indirectly relating to the use of the Internet.
Failure to comply with this policy will result in loss of computer privileges. Illegal acts may be subject to prosecution by local, state, or federal authorities.
Examples of misuse include, but are not limited to:
The Library does not release information on the use of the Internet by library users except as required by law.
The Board reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.
Approved by the Library Board of Trustees 5/20/2014
Revised by the Library Board of Trustees 1/27/2015, 10/15/2019