Computer Availability in Woodward
Library computers are
for current APSU student, faculty, and staff use and require a log in. Other
visitors may use computers at low-traffic times (typically,
Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon), at the
discretion of library staff.
Library Computer Use Policy
Woodward Library offers computer
access to electronic resources that include research databases,
software programs such as Microsoft Office and others, email,
and the Internet. Access is a privilege, not a right, and
requires responsibility on the part of the user.
The Internet offers access to all
kinds of information. Not all of these information sources are
accurate, comprehensive, up-to-date, legal, ethical, or
philosophically acceptable to all people. Some information may
be offensive, controversial, erroneous, or illegal. It is the
responsibility of the user to use online resources and
information in a manner that is appropriate. Woodward Library
staff cannot monitor or control the content of materials found
on the Internet.
All electronic activity on the
Library computers will be in accordance with acceptable use
standards (see APSU Policy 4:032
Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources).
Failure to abide by these standards may result in the loss of
Internet, computer, and other privileges. Computer users are
expected to strictly follow the general use guidelines listed
1. Respect for others using
2. Compliance with
copyright law and licensing for individual data and programs.
3. Consideration for the
security and functioning of computers, computer networks, and
Library computer resources may be
used only for legal purposes in accordance with the standards
outlined above and in the APSU Policy 4:032. Examples of
unacceptable use of library computers are listed below. This
list in not exhaustive and only serves to show examples of
behaviors not allowed.
1. Uses for any purposes that violate applicable
federal, state, or local laws including copyright laws.
2. Interfering with or disrupting other computer
users, services, or equipment.
3. Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized entry
to other computing, information, or communications sources or
4. Malicious, threatening, harassing, or obscene
behavior or language.
Accessing, uploading, downloading, transmitting,
or distributing pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit
language or material.
Unplugging a library network cable.
Plugging a non-library computer into a library network
Logging into a library computer with
another personís credentials.
Allowing someone else to login to a
library computer with your credentials or logging-in another
person with your credentials.
10. Misrepresentation of oneself or the Library.
11. Activities that could cause congestion and
disruption of networks and systems.
12. Unsolicited advertising.
Users are responsible for the ethical use of library
computers, including both honesty in their academic pursuits and
respect for others who share these resources.
2. Access to library computers is on a first-come,
first-served basis. Users may have to wait in line for a
computer during busy times. APSU students have priority over
non-APSU users for computer use. Academic computer use has
priority over non-academic computer use. APSU students engaged
in non-academic pursuits may be asked to relinquish their
computers to students who need to do academic work for classes.
Some library computers may have specialized software
(Course Compass) installed on them to assist with specific
classes. Students who need these resources have priority on
4. Users are expected to
exercise good judgment when submitting printing tasks and take
proper care of the computers, printers and all other equipment
found in the Library
Users are expected to be
conservative in their use of paper and to exercise discretion
when printing documents to prevent waste of expensive printing
Users who need multiple copies
of a document must use a photocopying machine for duplication of
documents. The Library has a public photocopier available.
Users should print only
materials needed for academic purposes.
8. Users are
responsible for data safety and protecting their work. Users
should save their work to every time they add data. A limited
number of flash drives are available for check-out (3 day limit)
at the Access Services Desk.
notify library staff if the computer, printer, or other
equipment has failed to respond correctly or if there is a
10. Those using
library computers should work quietly. Loud conversations and
disruptive behavior disturb others who are trying to do academic
Users may not encroach on othersí use of computing
resources. Such activities include, but are not limited to,
sending harassing messages, introducing viruses or anything else
which damages software or hardware, and misrepresenting oneís
identity in electronic communication.
Persons who are disruptive while using library computers
will be asked to leave immediately. Campus security may be
summoned if a disruptive user refuses to leave the Library.
Repeated incidents of disruptive or
harassing behavior will result in loss of library computer use
The Library Information
Commons is primarily a self-service facility. Users are
responsible for learning the skills necessary to use the
computer applications. Computer assistants are available for