GUIDES AND TRANSPORTATION
About Cruises - Cruise travel vacation planning guide from About.com
Airlines Toll-Free Numbers and Websites
Amtrak - Provides information on rail and train travel in North America
Expedia - Online travel retailer
Fodor's Guide - At Fodors.com you'll find all the tools and insights you'll need to plan the vacation you want to take.
Frommer's - A World of Travel Experience
The Internet Guide to Hostels - Provides information on hostels, including a worldwide hostel directory
Kayak.com - Over 100 online travel sites, providing prices and itineraries for 550+ airlines, 91,000 hotels, and all leading rental car companies
Side Step - Find the best bargains from multiple travel sites with one search
Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
Travelocity - It pays to check hotel prices and plane fares on more than one site, as the prices can very greatly
What's on When? - Worldwide entertainment and events schedules
Maps On Us - Can display a route on a map, give written instructions on how to get to a location, and tell the distance and driving time
Mappy - European maps and tourist information
Mapquest - Maps, driving directions, traffic reports
Language for Travelers - Essential phrases
Rail Pass Express - Provides information on traveling via Eurail
Travelers' Health - Information from the Centers for Disease Control
Universal Currency Converter
U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs - Provides international travelers with travel information on travel warnings, visas, passports, and U.S. Embassies and Consulates
Geography Topics on Librarians' Internet Index
Atlapedia Online - Physical and political maps, key facts and statistics on all countries of the world
World Factbook - From the Central Intelligence Agency
Flags & Maps of the World
Global Gazetteer - Directory of world cities and towns, sorted by country, with a map for each
Historical Country Names - List of formerly used country names
NationalGeographic.com - Website of the National Geographic Society
Official City Sites - Worldwide
Portals to the World - Electronic resources from around the world selected by the Library of Congress
World Weather Information Service - Weather observations, weather forecasts, and climatological information for selected cities
American Memory - A digital record of American history and creativity from the Library of Congress
Avalon Project at Yale Law School - Documents in law, history, and diplomacy pre-18th - 21st century
Chronology of US Historical Documents - From pre-colonial times to the present
Documenting the American South - Primary resources for the study of Southern history, literature and culture
HistoryBuff.com - A historical reference of press coverage from the Newspaper Collectors Society of America
History Cooperative - A pioneering nonprofit humanities resource offering top-level online history scholarship
History Guide - For high school and undergraduate students taking classes in history or intend to major in history in college
HistoryNet.com - From the Primedia History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines
HistoryWired - Smithsonian Institute offers a virtual tour of its National Museum of American History, Behring Center
Making of America - A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction
National Archives - Valuable records to find clues about your family’s history, prove a veteran’s military service, or researching an historical topic
World History.com - Timelines, famous people, science, technology, and inventions
Language Topics on the Librarians' Internet Index
Babel Fish Translation - Translate a block of text or an entire web page
Voice of America Pronunciation Guide
Web Spanish Lessons
Items marked with an asterisk* are currently available only to users in the library.
INTERNET AND COMPUTER USE POLICY
Computer workstations and Internet access are provided to library patrons to be utilized in the fulfillment of the Library's mission of providing access to quality information, resources, and services in a variety of formats and technologies, as stated in the Citrus County Library System Mission Statement.
The use of public access computers constitutes acceptance that users will comply with Federal, State, and Local laws, as well as library policies. Library employees are authorized to take prompt and appropriate actions to enforce the Library’s Code of Conduct and/or to prohibit use by persons who fail to comply with the Internet and Computer Use Policy as stated or implied herein. Parents or designated guardians are responsible for their children’s use of the Library’s resources and facilities. Parents and guardians who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s computer and Internet resources are requested to monitor their children’s computer and Internet use.
Computer workstations are located in public areas. What patrons view is not private. All patrons should be considerate of other library users and refrain from displaying materials that might reasonably be considered objectionable. In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 847.011(1)(a) and Chapter 847.0133(1), displaying obscene materials to minors or printing such materials may be a violation of the law and could result in penalties up to and including imprisonment.
Citrus County residents must have a library card to log on to any public access computer. Visitors and non-residents may request a one day computer use only access pass. Computer workstation use is limited to 60-minute sessions. Sign-up is required for each time period. A daily maximum of 3 hours per user is enforced.
The Internet changes daily and information is often not verifiable as accurate. Errors and intentional misinformation sometimes occur, therefore patrons should always assess the validity of any materials found and be aware that Internet sites may not always be available, for a variety of reasons. The Library is not responsible for the accuracy of information on the Internet or the availability of specific Internet sites. Materials from these sources may be subject to copyright laws and may not be copied without permission of the copyright owner unless the proposed use falls within the definition of Fair Use.
All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all Library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Only parents may restrict their children from access to Internet resources accessible through the Library. Parents are advised to supervise their children's Internet sessions.
The Library supports the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to direct their own children in the use of the Internet. In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, Public Law 106-554, the Library provides filtered Internet access on all Internet capable computers. Filtered Internet access may restrict access to sites that could be deemed inappropriate, objectionable, or harmful to minors, but may also limit access to sites that have legitimate research value. No filtering system is completely effective or efficient. Patrons may request that a specific site be blocked or unblocked by filling out a Request to Re-evaluate Library Materials / Web Sites Form available at each library.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Intentional disruption of the operation of computer systems and networks is a violation of Florida Statute 815.05. Unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities are prohibited.
The library avoids collecting or maintaining records that could compromise the privacy of patrons. Nevertheless, patrons must also exercise caution when using the Internet to avoid unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information.
The Library is not responsible for insuring the privacy of information transferred over the public network. Due to the fundamentally insecure nature of public computer networks, the Library does not recommend the use of its computers for online shopping, ordering merchandise, or electronic banking.
While the Library does not block these activities, it (1) does not ensure the provision of secure connections to support them; (2) does not provide support or troubleshooting for electronic financial transactions; and (3) is not liable for these personal financial transactions.
To address the issue of the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail and other forms of direct electronic communications, as well as the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors, the Library urges parents and minors to keep in mind and adhere to the following safety guidelines: