Computer Lock Down

On the e-mail list for the consortia there’s been quite a few people recently asking about whether libraries should allow patrons Flash drives/portable hard drives/floppies/cd-roms on public workstations.  Yes there’s a security consideration to be had, yes you could be opening up your computers to viruses.  But if you’re online you’re already at risk.  

Locking down the machines to such an extent is just crippling the computer to prevent the computers from getting crippled.  Besides we’re supposed to be providing the best service possible to our patrons.  Preventing them from being able to work with our equipment is not that.

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