THE INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEM
The library operates with an integrated computer system which
controls a variety of library functions. The system handles patron registration, material circulation, overdue
calculation, reserve control, material acquisition, and cataloging. The system is called Polaris.
The library OPAC (online patron access catalog) has replaced the
traditional card catalog in most libraries. There are OPAC terminals in almost every library department.
Patrons can perform searches by author, title, subject, and keyword for library items. The OPAC will also
report an item's location and availability.
Patrons can also use the catalog to view and manage their accounts,
place reserves on items, and even link to a web site offering the item for sale.
The OPAC is also accessible to home computers through the
Internet. Search the Library Catalog.
The library provides public access terminals for
browsing the Internet in the Serials Department on the second floor of the Thomas Library and on the floor of the
Patrons who want to access the Internet must be
registered with the library and have a library card in good standing.
Wireless access for personal laptops is also
available at both the Thomas and the Hageman Library.
The library's network is filtered to protect
against access to visual depictions that are I. Obscene, II. Child Pornography or III. Harmful to Minors. In
accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act U.S.C. Title XVII Sec. 1701 et. seq., Library patrons 18
years of age or older may request to have access for bonafide research or other lawful purpose to an Internet
terminal having the filtering software disabled. Please read the library's Internet
Users are not provided with e-mail service by the library. Patrons
may not run other software on the Internet workstations. The library's Internet Computer Stations Use
Policy governs the use of the
COMPUTER USE POLICY
Patrons using the library's computing resources
must read and abide by the Library's Computer Use
Policy. Patrons who
violate the library's policies may lose their privileges and/or be liable for damages.
The library has a number of terminals configured especially for use by children in
an area separated from the adult terminals. The library highly recommends parents supervise their children's
Internet use and read Keeping Kids
Safer on the Internet.
The use of computing resources by the library
staff is governed by the Guidelines for Staff.
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