Red Wing Public Library CIPA-compliant Internet safety policy

As of July 1, 2004, it will be the policy of the Red Wing Public Library to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub.L.No.16-554 and 47 USC 254 (h)] hereto referred to as CIPA.  This policy follows specific guidelines to provide filtered Internet access in all public libraries receiving E-Rate discounts and LSTA funding.

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.  For individuals age 17 years and older technology protection measures may be disabled or minimized for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.  Such users will be provided with access to an unfiltered computer without a requirement of an explanation.

Inappropriate Network Usage:
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Red Wing Public Library 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.  Guidelines for Use of the Red Wing Public Library are prominently displayed in the library and on the library’s web page.  Individuals who violate these policies, after being warned, 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.

Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of Red Wing Public Library staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and CIPA.  Information about the ongoing blocking of content by filters required by CIPA will be made available to library users and the community.

Procedures for disabling or modification to technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Red Wing Public Library Director or designated library staff. Internet access via wireless connection to the library’s WiFi network is also filtered. See the Internet access policy and usage rules for details.

Adopted by the Red Wing Public Library Board on June 14, 2004; revised January 9, 2006.