COMPUTER, DATABASE, AND NETWORK ACCEPTABLE USE

Information regarding McKee Library's computer, database, and network usage.

Computer and Network Acceptable Use

The computer equipment and network in McKee Library support the research, learning, and teaching activities of current Southern Adventist University students, faculty, and staff. McKee Library is also committed to serving the research needs of the general public and other affiliated McKee Library community users that cannot be served by area public libraries. However, the library reserves the right to give priority to current Southern Adventist University students, faculty, and staff, through restricting the number of computers available for public computing, setting limits on the time that the general public may use computing equipment, and limiting what content may be accessed on public-use computers.

Conduct which violates the Acceptable Use Policy includes, but is not limited to:

  • Conduct that violates policies stated in the Southern Adventist University Information Technology office Acceptable Use Policy
  • Starting the computer from an external device, such as an external hard drive or USB drive
  • Installing applications or modifying the configuration of the computer, its applications, and/or operating system

Kiosk computers support library research for Southern Adventist University students, faculty, and staff members. Web browsers on these computers may only access a specific range of library-approved websites, and there are restrictions on what applications may be run.

Accessing websites on these computers other than those approved by the library is a violation of the library’s Acceptable Use Policy.

Databases
Databases provided by McKee Library are for noncommercial, educational, or personal research purposes only. Commercial use of licensed materials is prohibited. Violation of this prohibition can result in loss of access for the entire campus.
  • Limit uses to non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes
  • Not compile data/information found in a licensed resource into a separate database for public use
  • Not facilitate unauthorized access by others (i.e., do not share your database account ID/password with others)
  • Not engage in systematic downloading of licensed content (i.e., downloading entire issues of electronic journals and large-scale downloading from databases to create other collections of data)
  • Comply with license terms associated with specific resources
  • Not distribute copies of material to individuals or groups outside the campus community, unless the license for the resource specifically allows it
  • Not share client software used to search licensed resources with individuals or groups outside Southern Adventist University’s campus
  • Adhere to copyright law, as stated in Title 17 of the United States Code
  • Give proper attribution when quoting from material
Who
All McKee Library patrons are welcome to access our databases using one of the workstations in the library or through a laptop or handheld device connected to Southern's Wi-Fi network.
Off-campus access is limited to current students, faculty, and staff of Southern Adventist University, as stipulated in our database license agreements.

Note to Faculty
Many licenses restrict the downloading and posting of licensed content on another server, even for use in course-related websites or course reserves systems. In general, it is preferable to use a permalink to the electronic articles rather than to download and store articles on servers.

Most content providers consider data-mining or auto-crawling of their content as an inappropriate use. If you are planning a project that requires data-mining or auto-crawling any library database, please contact Donald Martin to obtain permission before starting such activity.

More Information

Please contact us if you have questions about McKee Library's computer, database, and network policies.