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Internet Policy

The CW MARS network is a multitype automated library consortium that facilitates efficient resource sharing and rapid access to information for users of its member libraries through the provision of high quality computer and support services. CW MARS provides information services, including access to the Internet, to meet the needs of its member library patrons.

The Internet offers a wealth of information that enables libraries to augment library materials. While much of the information on the Internet is professionally and culturally enriching, there may be material that is offensive to some individuals, or that may be illegal. CW MARS assumes no responsibility for Internet content, including information that may be inaccurate or out-of-date. CW MARS endorses the ALA Library Bill of Rights, its interpretations, and in particular Access to Digital Information, Services and Networks.

CW MARS does not control or monitor material available on the Internet. Parents and guardians, not the member libraries or their staff, are responsible for information accessed by their children. 

CW MARS member library patrons and staff must follow the policies of this Network and its Internet Service Provider, the University of Massachusetts University Information Systems.

Prohibited use includes:

  • Using the Internet for illegal purposes
  • Using the Internet in violation of the Massachusetts General Law 272 Section 31, the Harmful to Minors statute.
  • Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material in any format
  • Transmission of chain mail, broadcast letters, or junk mail of any type
  • Transmission of threatening, harassing, defamatory or obscene materials
  • Unauthorized access to remote computer systems

Each member library is responsible for informing its patrons of prohibited uses and reporting any violations of this policy to the CW MARS Executive Director. If the member library believes criminal activity has occurred, the local authorities should also be notified. In the event that any of the prohibited activities occur, CW MARS may suspend or terminate Internet access to that library until such time that the library implements procedures to stop this activity.

Whenever practical, CW MARS will provide the library advance notice and an opportunity to address the problem.

CW MARS does not provide individual e-mail accounts to library users.

Individual CW MARS libraries may have local Internet policies that may apply in addition to this policy. CW MARS is committed to the protection of patron privacy in their use of the Internet. See the Privacy Policy.