COMPUTER USE POLICY
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 ]
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.
The following groups of patrons have guest privileges to use networked Langsdale computers (fourth-floor) and have access to subscription databases from Langsdale:
- UB alumni (with UB Alumni Bee card)
- Students, faculty or staff from any community college or university (with valid college/university ID) who are residents of the State of Maryland (with valid Maryland ID)
- Researchers approved by Langsdale Special Collections or UB Office of the Provost
Access is restricted to guests who are 18 years and older.
Use of Computers with Special Software
Some first-floor computers are loaded with special software (SPSS, FARS, JAWS, Naturally Speaking, 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.
- SPSS: available in AC 103, SC 001, BC 002, BC 015, LC 426A & LC 426B
- JAWS & Naturally Speaking: available in Disability Support Services Resource Lab
Software Installation Requests
In accordance with OTS policy for campus computer labs, lab users cannot install or copy software onto any lab computer in Langsdale Library. Librarians are unable to install any software on Langsdale lab computers. Students and faculty may install software on any of Langsdale’s loaner laptops, which can be borrowed at the library’s main desk. (Any user-installed software is erased from these laptops every time they are rebooted.) Students and faculty who need additional software available on lab computers are encouraged to contact the OTS Call Center.
Langsdale Library does not provide printing for guests; guests may e-mail documents or save them on removable media (flash, floppy, CD, 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 Networked Computers, 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 April, 2018