The computers in the Metropolitan Community
College libraries provide access to information
our users require for their educational
and research needs. Patrons are expected
to use the computers in a responsible manner
consistent with applicable state and federal
laws, the College Mission Statement, and College
Procedures Memoranda V-4 (Student Conduct
and Discipline), X-15 (Acceptable
Use of Information Technology and Resources),
and V-2 (Policy Prohibiting Harassment
South Omaha Library:
Because the South Omaha Library is a joint library shared by Metropolitan Community College and Omaha Public Library, computers in that facility are governed by Omaha Public Library policies including it's Internet Use and Safety Policy.
The Internet allows access to a vast array of ideas, information, tools and
resources. It is the responsibility of the user to verify the accuracy, completeness
or timeliness of information found on the Internet. Within the limits of
time and other responsibilities, Library staff can offer users effective
searching techniques or provide limited training.
The MCC Library does not monitor and
has no control over information accessed
through the Internet and cannot be held
responsible for its content. The Internet
and its resources may contain controversial
or inappropriate material. The Library
does not guarantee user privacy or protect
users from information they may find offensive.
Harassment will not be tolerated, and users
are expected to be aware of and comply
with applicable College Procedures governing
display of offensive materials (V-2, V-4
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied
and supervised at all times by an adult.
Parents or legal guardians are responsible
for their children's use of the Internet
and for intentional or inadvertent viewing
of other users' screens.
Appropriate Use of Library Computers
Logging in using assigned user name/password. Four-county users or Reciprocal Borrowers not currently enrolled in classes may stop at the circulation desk to request computer access. Staff will ask for valid identification.
- Keeping user name/password secure. Do not share with other users.
Recognizing that users may be limited
to 20 minutes maximum per session if
others are waiting.
Acknowledging that current students
working on class projects have first
priority, as computers are provided for
research and MCC class work.
- Printing handouts instead of slide views of PowerPoint presentations.
Limiting print jobs to the 20-page maximum, working with library staff to determine other available options.
Printing is a privilege, not a right.
- Printing only two copies of needed material. Additional copies should be made on the photocopy machine.
- Printing double-sided copies (the default printer setting), working with library staff when single-sided copies are needed.
Respecting others' values, beliefs
and sensibilities when accessing potentially
controversial information and images.
Logging in on multiple computers to allow non-registered users to access library resources.
- Damaging or altering the set up of
library equipment. Downloading files
to library computer hard drives or disk
drives is prohibited unless authorized
by library staff.
Distributing advertising, conducting
business or other commercial enterprises.
Violating federal and state laws by
sending or receiving information that
is illegal, unethical, threatening, harassing
or contains abusive language.
Unauthorized copying of copyrighted
Deliberately degrading performance
or denying service, including the use
or installation of Internet file sharing,
internet chat/Instant Messaging software
and the continuous use of Internet radio.
(Refer to Procedures Memorandum X-15, Section 4C, #4)
Accessing, uploading, downloading,
distributing or possessing child pornography
or obscene material. Material is "obscene
if its predominant theme is prurient
according to the sensibilities of an
average person of the community, it depicts
sexual conduct in a patently offensive
way and taken as a whole it lacks serious
literary, artistic, political or scientific
value." (Refer to Procedures Memorandum X-15, Section 4D, #4
Violations of the Guidelines
Patrons who observe users violating these guidelines are asked to contact library
staff. Users violating these guidelines will be advised of the Library's
guidelines and appropriate College Procedures and asked to comply with them.
Continued failure to comply may result in loss of access to or use of the
Library's computer equipment and online services as well as the loss of MCC
library privileges and/or other disciplinary actions considered appropriate
by the College and as outlined in the Procedures Memoranda noted.
Computer Copyright Guidelines
Users are prohibited from using College computers
for activities constituting violation of
the copyright laws of the United States.
Such activity may result in termination
of your account privileges and may also
be grounds for College discipline and civil
sanction. The following activities may
constitute copyright infringement if done
without permission of the copyright holder
regardless of whether a © symbol or
other indication of copyrighted status
appears on the work:
Scanning copyrighted works
Uploading copyrighted material or electronic
files, regardless of whether the copyrighted
material is textual, graphic, photographic,
video, audio or any other medium
Downloading any copyrighted material; or
Making copies of downloaded and/or
uploaded materials, such as by copying
a file onto a computer disk or hard drive.