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  • Electronic information

    The mission of the Murphy Library is to select, maintain, enhance, promote, and make accessible the information, materials and research resources necessary to support the university's programs of teaching, research and public service, and to serve the larger community as a regional information and research facility, within the limits of the library's resources and its primary commitment to the university community.

    According to the UW-System Policy on Use of University Information Technology Resources, "Access to information technology resources carries with it the responsibility for ensuring that the use of these resources is primarily for university purposes and university-related activities..." The library does not wish to limit access to materials; however, due to the demand on finite library resources some limited restrictions must be placed on the use of electronic information resources.

    Computers for the general public are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of limited resources, computer use is limited to one hour/day. University users have priority and non-affiliated users may be asked to relinquish computers to UW-L students, faculty, or staff at any time. Exceptions are made for patrons accessing Federal or Wisconsin government depository materials.

    The Murphy Library Reference computers are to be used for information research. Computer activities that do not support the university's mission of teaching, research and public service are not allowed.

    Users may not deliberately:

    Flagrant violations of these guidelines will be referred to appropriate university officers such as Protective Services. Student cases will be referred to the Office of Student Life, in accord with the University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code.

    A good information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information. Users should be aware that some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, or offensive to some individuals. Library patrons use the Internet and other electronic information resources at their own risk.

    This policy is supported by the UW-L policy on Responsible Use of Computing and Communications Resources, and the UW System Policy on Use of University Information Technology Resources  approved by the Board of Regents In addition, this policy is based on the following American Library Association statements on access to information: The Library Bill of Rights, and Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.

    -Revised October 14, 2009


    CD-ROM Software Installation Policy


    The primary purpose of the library's CD-ROM stations is to offer selected non-networked, single-user installations of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM resources held in the collections of Murphy Library, in support of the UW-L curriculum.

    Resources for installation on the CD-ROM stations may be selected by librarians to complement the reference collection, or they may be selected by faculty for use by students in their classes. All software installations will be in full compliance with applicable license agreements.

    Faculty who wish to have software installed on a library CD-ROM station should contact the Access Services Librarian.

    -Revised November 18, 2011

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  • Resource Cancellations Survey

     Resource Cancellations Survey
    Extended to April 24

    Like other units and departments on campus, Murphy Library has been asked to make budget cuts to meet reduced state support for the UW System. Some of the cuts will come from the library's budget for collections. That budget pays for databases, electronic resources, periodicals, books, multimedia, and similar. 

    Library users are asked to help the library in its selection of titles for cancellation. Please share your thoughts regarding specific resources that have been identified for likely cancellation by completing the one-page Resource Cancellations Survey.

    Read more about the rationale and selection criteria in the blog post: Proposed Resource Cancellations.

    The survey will be open until April 24.


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