Hawai'i State Law Library System


Public Computer Use Policy and Guidelines

This policy and guideline shall apply to the State Law Library System which includes the Supreme Court Law Library, Second Circuit Court (Maui) Law Library, Third Circuit Court Law Library - Hilo, Third Circuit Court Law Library - Kona, and Fifth Circuit Court (Kauai) Law Library

Hawai‘i Supreme Court Order adobe approving the Hawaii State Law Library System Handbook, effective April 30, 2009. The Handbook includes the Public Computer Use Policy and Guidelines.

Purpose | Disclaimers | Intellectual Freedom | Copyright | Right to Privacy | Assistance to Users | Accessibility and Availability | Access by Minors | Downloading | Electronic Mail (E-mail) | Printing | Unacceptable or Unlawful Conduct | Violations


Policy

Purpose

The mission of the Hawai‘i State Law Library System (SLLS) is to advance the administration of justice by providing access to legal information and resources for the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government, Hawai‘i's legal community , and the people of the State. In keeping with this mission, libraries of the SLLS provide computers with access to electronic resources and the Internet solely for legal research purposes. All users of the SLLS public access computers, electronic resources, and the Internet are subject to these guidelines.

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Disclaimers

Electronic information resources, including those from the Internet, are not always current, accurate or complete. The SLLS cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of the information. Users, not the library staff, are responsible for determining the acceptability and reliability of the contents.

The SLLS assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, or loss of privacy arising from use of its computers, or from provision of access to electronic resources or Internet services.

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Intellectual Freedom

The Library’s Public Computer and Internet Use Policy is guided by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association and American Association of Law Libraries.

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Copyright

Use of the computers constitutes an agreement to obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws governing copyright, licensing and content restrictions. Users are responsible for any infringement of copyright or software licenses that could result from the copying or distribution of materials found on the Internet. Copyright alerts are posted at each workstation. The SLLS reserves the right to terminate or restrict the user’s Internet privileges for abuse of these conditions.

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Right to Privacy

All users are expected to respect the privacy of those using the public computers and not interfere with their use.

As a reminder, public computer workstations are located in open areas where others may see words or images that appear on the computer monitors. Users must be aware that this public environment precludes any guarantee of privacy. Furthermore, the display of offensive materials on public computer monitors may be construed as harassment.

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Assistance to Users

The Library staff may suggest using the public computers as users would use print sources in the SLLS. Library staff can suggest appropriate websites and databases. However, staff cannot be held liable for the completeness and accuracy of the contents obtained electronically. Instructional guides on the use of the various electronic resources are available at each computer. Library staff will assist users in using the libraries’ electronic subscriptions within the limits of its abilities and resources. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning the use of computers, computer jargon, or the Internet.

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Guidelines for Access and Use

Accessibility and Availability

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Access by Minors

Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility and guide their children in the use of the Internet and inform them about resources or materials they should not use. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times when in the Library.

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Downloading

Downloading to the hard drive, a floppy disk, CD-ROM, or DVD is not allowed.

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Electronic Mail (E-mail)

E-mail and/or any form of instant messaging are strictly prohibited on library computers.

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Printing

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Unacceptable or Unlawful Conduct

This Library reserves the right to suspend or terminate any computer session that constitutes, in the discretion of the Library staff, an unacceptable or unlawful use of the public computer workstations. Examples of unauthorized use include, but are not limited to, the following:

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Violations

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The Library staff has the authority to enforce these guidelines.
The Library reserves the right to modify these guidelines at any time, without prior notice.


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