For the purpose of library collection development, electronic reference sources are defined as commercial products that require computer access. Examples include, but are not limited to: periodical indexes, reference databases, Adobe Acrobat PDF documents, and multimedia files. Some of these sources may be made available through consortia agreements. Others may be available to the Library free through grants or state agencies.
The Dayton Metro Library's current collection development policy governing the funding, selection, acquisition, and retention of library materials and information resources applies to all formats including electronic resources. When possible, the Library will give priority to the acquisition of electronic resources that offer significant added-value such as uniqueness of information, ease of use, wider accessibility, timely updates and cost-effectiveness. Electronic resources generally are more costly than print, but offer advantages such as allowing multiple users access to the same resource simultaneously, or more powerful searching capabilities, or interactivity. In accordance with the Library's Mission and Vision statements, it is committed to providing access to these resources to all its users regardless of their location. Partnerships in cooperative acquisitions and cost sharing with other public libraries are pursued when feasible.
The library receives its Internet service through the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). OPLIN's mission is to ensure that all Ohio residents have fast, free public Internet access throughout the state, as well as use of high-quality research databases not freely available on the World Wide Web. This is done through Ohio's 251 independent local public libraries.
The Library offers the Internet to the public. By its nature the Internet offers access to a vast abundance of information from an almost infinite number of sources. The Dayton Metro Library makes use of this resource as an integral part of its service offering, both as a mechanism to promote its collections, services and programs, and also as a contributor of content.
In the course of its business including the provision of reference service to the general public, Library staff members may quote sources and recommend content available over the Internet. However, the content users may access from the Internet using library computers and network access may not have been selected or reviewed by librarians. The Library recognizes that Internet content, just like traditionally published materials, may be partisan, inaccurate and misleading. Readers are advised to use independent judgment when evaluating all Internet content.
Public use of the Internet is addressed in separate policies of the Library.
Filtering and CIPA compliance
The Library has an Internet Acceptable User Policy that prohibits the display of sexually explicit imagery on library computers. To assist library computer users in identifying sites that may have prohibited content a filter service has been employed. It is not the intention of the Library to block any other material even though it may be objectionable, inflammatory or inaccurate.
No filtering service is perfect and experience shows that such services often block access to sites which should not be blocked. In addition sites which should be blocked may be overlooked by the filtering service. Because of these limitations and in compliance with provisions of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) the Library enables adults to bypass the service by entering their library card numbers. Patrons under the age of eighteen may also bypass this software if their parents complete an Internet Consent Form. This form is available at any Dayton Metro Library. Parents must go to a library in person to complete this form.
Anyone who feels the block on a site should be lifted may submit a "Request for Reconsideration of Internet Site" form (Appendix I). Blocks on sites which do not display sexually explicit images will be removed by staff.
Under no circumstances are sexually explicit images to be viewed on library computers. Library users who locate sexually explicit sites which have not been blocked can request that the library block these sites by submitting the "Request for Reconsideration of Internet Site" form (Appendix I). The Library will only block sites with sexually explicit images.