OPLIN and the Internet
Microcomputers that provide access to OPLIN (Ohio Public
Library Information Network) and the Internet are to be used for educational,
informational, and recreational purposes. Users are expected to follow
the guidelines provided in the Electronic Resources & Equipment Acceptable
Use Policy : Overview. The OPLIN connection directs users to a number
of resources including online databases. It does not support public E-mail
accounts. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of people
using a microcomputer to one at a time.
Library staff can assist in getting users started but cannot provide
in-depth training on use of OPLIN and the Internet. Furthermore, Library
staff cannot control the availability of information links which often
change rapidly and unpredictably. Not all sources on the Internet provide
accurate, complete or current information. Users are encouraged to question
the validity of the information found on the Internet.
Patrons will be informed of inappropriate use of Library computers in
accessing OPLIN and the Internet. Inappropriate use may result in loss
of library privileges. Examples of inappropriate use include, but are
not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Engaging in any illegal activity (violation of local, state, and/or
- Conducting commercial activity.
- Disrupting others using the network
- Sending, receiving or displaying material that may reasonably be construed
- Using personal software programs or diskettes on the microcomputers.
Use of the Internet Stations is on a first-come, first-served basis.
In the interest of providing access to OPLIN/Internet resources for as
many patrons as possible, the Library limits internet usage to one hour
Reserved time slots may be offered at specified stations as determined
by the Library. Reservations, if taken, will be filled in the order in
which they are received.
Some of the computers that have OPLIN/Internet access will allow patrons
to download files. Patrons who want to download files to diskette are
required to obtain a diskette from library staff, for a minimal donation.
Once a diskette has been taken out of the library it can not be used for
saving files on a subsequent visit.
Software downloaded from the Internet may contain computer viruses. Every
user is responsible for maintaining virus-checking software on his/her
Patrons are not permitted to use the library’s computers to upload
material to the Internet.