In keeping with the ALA Code of Ethics, PC librarians "protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." Therefore, it is not the Library's practice to monitor the content being viewed on computer workstations.
The MCCCD has established Technology Resource Standards that prohibit certain behaviors. The viewing of pornography might fall within two of these standards:
- Activities that would constitute a violation of any policy of Maricopa's Governing Board, including (but not limited to) Maricopa's non-discrimination policy and its policy against sexual harassment.
- Transmitting, storing, or receiving data, or otherwise using computing resources in a manner that would constitute a violation of state or federal law, including (but not limited to) obscenity, defamation, threats, harassment, and theft.
Therefore, a librarian may ask a library user to cease viewing pornography, especially in cases where a complaint has been made. If the library user fails to comply with this request, the librarian may call Security.
The librarian must contact security, who will call the police if someone is viewing child pornography.