Internet Access Policies:
Rapidly increasing use of the Internet by library users in all sectors of Canadian library and information services during recent years has been accompanied by the adoption of policies and procedures to control and monitor access to content. Internet access creates many new problems and challenges for librarians in striking an acceptable balance between open access for all and appropriate access for special classes of users; access for employees and for minors and children pose special issues in policy development.
Internet access policies, variously described as Internet policies, Internet use policies, and Internet usage policies, stipulate the conditions under which library users are permitted to access Internet resources and their rights and responsibilities. For a more exhaustive list of terminology relating to Internet access policies, see the section below: Internet Access Policies: Variant Terminology.
In order to respond quickly and effectively to these new problems and challenges, librarians need timely access to information about current Internet access policies in other Canadian libraries. It is particularly difficult to maintain a database of such policies in a milieu of rapidly advancing Web technology, and librarians need readily accessible current models and resources for guidance.
This site serves as a central clearinghouse and directory of Canadian Internet access policies for librarians engaged in developing or reviewing their own strategies and policy elements. It also provides links to resources and background information. It is hoped that this site will be used as a resource for research and policy development.
Site Update: Fall 2006
This Internet Access Policies website underwent a comprehensive update in the Fall of 2006.
During the process of updating the site, many of the links to Internet access policies were found to be broken.
Forty-four percent, or 110 of the 252 Internet access policy links, had become inactive or had changed web addresses since the site was
last updated in the Winter of 2004. The percentage of broken Internet access policy links by category of library were as follows:
A project was undertaken to track down the new URLs for the broken Internet access policies. As a result of this process, some obsolete links have been removed from the website, while other links to new Internet access policies have been added. One example of a new URL that has been added to the website is the link to the District Policies Database for the British Columbia School Trustees Association, a searchable database that includes Internet Use policies by School District.
As of February 2007, there are 241 active links to Canadian Internet access policies provided on this site:
Internet Access Policies: Variant Terminology
Acceptable Usage for Computing Services
Your feedback is welcome! Please contact Dr. Alvin M. Schrader if you have any questions or comments regarding this Web site.