January 24th , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

Library logs in to loosened online rules


Patrons at the library will now have more access to the internet after the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library Board approved a revision to the current policy that loosens restrictions on time limits.

On the previous policy, patrons were allowed to use the library internet for one hour each day. The policy also restricted game playing and chat sessions on the computers and allowed for the library staff to waive the limit on a case-by-case basis for non-recreational needs.

The new policy presented to the board by Library Director Mel Goff removed the restriction on games and chat and any staff discretionary decisions.

The main change came from the removal of the one-hour per day limit. Under the new policy, usage will still be limited to one-hour periods; however, if there is no waiting list for the computers, then more time can be given to the user. If there is a waiting list, the user can add their name to the list or return later in the day.

Goff said an average picture of the computer usage showed the computer sat unused for 59 percent of the library’s operating hours.

“That is a huge amount of time,” she said. “They are sitting there on and are not being used.”

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