Policies Governing Use of Computing Technology in Academic Libraries

Jason Vaughan


The networked computing environment is a vital resource for academic libraries. Ever-increasing use dictates the prudence of having a comprehensive computer-use policy in force. Universities often have an overarching policy or policies governing the general use of computing technology that helps to safeguard the university equipment, software, and network against inappropriate use. Libraries often benefit from having an adjunct policy that works to emphasize the existence and important points of higher-level policies, while also providing a local context for systems and policies pertinent to the library in particular. Having computer-use policies at the university and library level Helps provide a comprehensive, encompassing guide for the effective and appropriate use of this vital resource.

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Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, "Responsible Computing at U.Va.: A Handbook for Students." Accessed June 2, 2004, www.itc.virginia.edu/pubs/docs/RespComp/rchandbook03.html.

Jason Vaughan and Brett Burnes, "Bringing Them In and Checking Them Out: Laptop Use in The Modern Academic Library," Information Technology and Libraries 21 (2002): 52-62

DOI: https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v23i4.9657


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