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Internet access is available on public terminals for all users of the Lake Forest Library as of April 1, 1995. Access to Internet is compatible with the library's endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read, and the Freedom to View documents and with its collection development policy and mission statement.

The Internet allows users to connect to networks of resources outside the library. The library has no control over these resources nor does the library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Information on the Internet may be reliable and current or it may be inaccurate, out-of date, or unavailable at times.

The Lake Forest Library is responsible only for information that Library staff has produced and published on the Internet.

Library users access the Internet at their own discretion. Parents and guardians, not the Library or staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and accessed by their children. Parents should let their child know if there are resources which they do not want him/her to use. Parents may wish to supervise their children's Internet sessions.

The user may not use the Internet for any illegal activity or place any material on the Internet related to any illegal activity. It is the responsibility of the user to respect copyright laws and licensing agreements and to assume responsibility for payment of fees for any fee-based service.

Staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time and resources permit, but cannot offer personal instruction. Formal instruction on Internet may be offered by the library at designated times.

The Lake Forest Library is bound by an agreement with its Internet provider. This agreement prohibits use of personal logins or FTP functions.

Information and resources on the Internet enhance those already held in the library and often go beyond what is locally available. Users are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet and to exercise good judgment and discretion in their use of it. Current books on the Internet are available in the library's material collection.

The Lake Forest Library administration will develop rules and procedures necessary to insure the fair and reasonable use of Internet, including rules limiting the type of access and the manner of access.

Be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and third parties may be able to obtain information about users' activities. Information collected during the use of the Internet and the Local Area Network is deleted as deemed appropriate by our LAN vendor, Computer View, Inc. The Library respects the confidentiality of those using electronic resources and will release library records only as required by law.


Social Media Policy

Purpose:  The Lake Forest Library (the "Library") increasingly uses social media to engage with members of the community it serves. The purpose of this policy is to address the use of social media (as defined below) by the Library, its employees, volunteers, trustees, and patrons.

Social media:  Social media is defined as websites and applications such as blogs, social networks, and online catalogs that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. The Library currently uses several social media platforms to engage with its patrons and the community at large. Examples of social media platforms include without limitation:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and blogs. 

Purpose of the Library's social media presence:  The Library uses social media to actively engage with the Lake Forest community and invites the community to share on its social media sites ideas, opinions, and information about Library-related subjects, resources, and programs. The Library uses social media to promote Library news and events, make patrons aware of the resources and services it offers, provide interesting or valuable information to its patrons, attract new users to the Library, and to let its patrons see a more informal side of the Library. As such, the Library does not promote its social media sites as traditional public forums available for the general exchange of information and viewpoints, but rather reserves and limits the topics to those relevant to the Library, its mission, and the community it serves. 

Guidelines for posting:  The Library will only post information that it believes is of interest to its audience. The Library may share, comment on, retweet, or like posts and tweets from other sources. When Library employees respond to a comment or post, they will maintain a professional and friendly demeanor, as it is expected with any interaction between staff and the public. Employees should not discuss confidential, work-related matters through social media. Employees should avoid copyright infringement, present balanced views, and check factual accuracy, grammar, and spelling before posting to the Library's social media sites. 

Employee, volunteer, and trustee personal use of social media:  Employees, volunteers, and trustees of the Library are able to express their personal views and beliefs on their personal social media accounts. The Library will not monitor the personal social media activity of its employees, volunteers, and trustees. However, Library employees should be aware that any speech made pursuant to official duties is not protected under the First Amendment and employees may be disciplined if it is deemed that they have violated Library policies. 

Guidelines for employee, volunteer, and trustee personal social media activity: If you identify yourself as an employee, volunteer, or trustee of the Library on personal social media accounts, you should make it clear that the views expressed are yours alone and do not represent the views of the Library. Employees, volunteers, and trustees should not post confidential Library or Library patron information. Employees, volunteers, and trustees should refrain from posting any content on their personal social media accounts that may be deemed negative about the Library, its patrons, or its staff.

Public terms of use:  The Library encourages the community to respond to posts and recognizes that there will be varying opinions on posted content. The Library does not, however, endorse any ideas, issues, or opinions expressed in the content of third parties posted on the Library's social media sites. Content from third parties will be monitored regularly and reviewed by the Library to ensure compliance with the Library's Social Media Policy. The Library reserves the right to monitor, restrict, edit, and remove and content that is determined to be in violation of this Social Media Policy or any applicable law. 

The following content on the Library's social media sites will not be permitted and will be removed by the Library

  • Obscenity (text or image)
  • Pornography
  • Slander or libelous comments
  • Specific and imminent threats
  • Spam and other forms of personal or commercial advertising
  • Abusive, harassing, inflammatory, profane or violent language
  • Hate speech or other content that encourages or advocates discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any protected category
  • Private and/or confidential information about oneself or others
  • Violations of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights
  • Organized political activity, off-topic and/or disruptive posts 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Library is not obligated to take any such actions, and will not be responsible or liable for any content posted by users on the Library's social media sites. 

By joining, utilizing and/or posting on the Library's social media sites, you agree to comply with the Library's Social Media Policy and agree to indemnify the Library and its trustees, officers, and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney's fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or related to any content that you post.

Disclaimer:  All content posted on Library social media sites is subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the State of Illinois record retention laws. The Library is not responsible or liable for the content of postings by third parties on any Library sponsored social media site. Third party postings do not reflect the opinions or positions of the Library, its employees, or its Board of Trustees. Third party websites have their own privacy policies; of which users should be aware. Users are personally responsible for their commentary and should be aware that they may be help personally liable by any party for commentary that is defamatory, obscene, proprietary, or libelous. (Approved by the Library Board October 11, 2016)