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Langsdale Library

Computer Use

LANGSDALE LIBRARY 
COMPUTER USE POLICY

Computer Use

Computers in Langsdale Library are primarily for use in accessing electronic databases and Internet resources that support the learning, research and information needs of the University of Baltimore community. It is the policy of Langsdale Library to allow students, faculty, and staff use of the computers with first priority given to those engaged in research or course-related projects.  Access to computers, e-mail, and network resources are governed by a variety of University and UB Office of Technology Services policies. Use of any computer in Langsdale Library implies consent to these policies and guidelines as well as any applicable state or federal laws governing the use of the Internet. [see Information Technology Policies ]

Guest Computer Access

OTS generates username/password combinations that provide access to the guest wireless network. These logins can also be used for guest access on Langsdale’s 4th floor lab computers. New logins are generated daily and are only good for one day. OTS automatically emails each day’s guest wireless login information out, keeping a week ahead of schedule. Both the shared langcirc and langref emails should receive daily guest wireless login emails.

Guest users belonging to the following categories have guest privileges to use networked Langsdale computers with access to subscription databases from Langsdale. They may obtain login information by presenting appropriate ID at either the Circulation desk or the Reference desk.

  • UB alumni (with UB Alumni card)
  • Students, faculty or staff from any college or university in Maryland (with valid school ID)
  • Students, faculty or staff from any college or university who are residents of the State of Maryland (with valid ID)
  • Patrons requesting federal government information not otherwise available in Langsdale holdings if the non-networked PCs on the 3rd floor are in use.
  • Researchers approved by Langsdale Special Collections, Langsdale Library Director or the UB Office of the Provost

Guest users that do not belong to one of the above categories (18 years and older) may use one of our two designated non-networked computers, located near the 3rd floor circulation desk. These computers have internet access and word processing. Printing is not available for guest users. In order to use these computers, guests must request a login username and password from the Langsdale Circulation Desk. Computer use is automatically terminated after one hour. Guest users will be limited to one login per day

While the library welcomes guest users, priority for use of all library PCs goes to the students, staff and faculty of the University of Baltimore. In the rare event that all available computers are in use, a Langsdale staff member may ask guest users to log off in order to accommodate a UB user.

Use of Computers with Special Software

Some first-floor computers are loaded with special software (SPSS, FARS, JAWS, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, etc.). If a patron needs to use special software on a computer that is occupied, a Langsdale staff member may ask the user to move to another computer or redirect the displaced user to another location.

Guest Printing

Langsdale Library does not provide printing for guests; guests may email documents or save them on removable media (USB drive, etc.). Guests needing to print government documents should contact a library staff member.

Wireless Network Access

UB Students and Staff are recommended to use the UBALT-SECURE wifi connection. Guest wireless access is available to researchers using our Special Collections, the Reference Archivist will be able to supply the current username and password. Wireless access is also available to Library Guests, as per the guidelines for Computer Access, above. Library Guests can obtain the current username and password from staff at the Circulation or Reference desk.

See http://www.ubalt.edu/wireless for more information.

Headphone Use with Computers

Even with headphones volume should be at a level that does not disturb other library users. A limited number of headphones are available for checkout at the Circulation desk for UB students, staff, faculty and alumni only; other users needing headphones must supply their own.

Inappropriate Use of Computers

Use of the Library’s computers is a privilege. Inappropriate use of computers includes anything that violates federal or state laws, university regulations or is inconsistent with the Library’s goals and functions. These laws, regulations, and policies cover such areas (though not an exhaustive list) as illegal access to computer systems, networks, and files, copyright, and harassment issues. Sanctions for circumventing or violating policy may include suspension or loss of library privileges. (see  Library Code of Conduct )

Revised July, 2015