Online Social Media Use Policy for Patrons

Online Social Media Use Policy for Patrons

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees
February 11, 2013

Wauconda Area Library offers blogs, community reviews, patron comments and other online social media tools as a limited (or designated) public forum to facilitate the sharing of ideas, opinions and information about library-related subjects and issues. Library social media services are intended to create welcoming and inviting online spaces where users will find useful and entertaining information and can interact with library staff and other users. Comments are moderated by library staff and the library reserves the right to remove comments that violate its policies.

Definition of social media
Social Media is defined as any Web application, site or account that facilitates the sharing of opinions and information about Library-related subjects and issues.  Social media includes such formats as blogs, listservs, websites, social network pages, other types of self-published online Web pages, and collaborative Web-based discussion forums including, but not limited to, LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter. 

Rules for commenting or posting to social media sponsored, hosted, or maintained by the library
Protect your privacy. Do not post personally identifying information. Young people under age 18, especially, should not post information such as last name, school, age, phone number or address.

Posts containing the following are against library rules and will be deleted before posting or removed by library staff, if the social media site is sponsored, hosted, or maintained by the library:

1.    Copyright violations

2.    Off topic comments and links

3.    Commercial material/spam

4.    Duplicated posts from the same individual

5.    Obscene posts, sexually explicit materials, or any content that violates any applicable local, state or national laws

6.    Threats of violence/endangerment of others and harassing communications

7.    Potentially libelous or defamatory comments

8.    Images

By choosing to post or comment you agree to these rules and agree to indemnify the Wauconda Area Library and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages and costs (including attorney’s fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the content that you post.  The library reserves the right to monitor content before it is posted on all its blogs and other social media software and to modify or remove any message or posting that it deems, in its sole discretion, to violate this policy. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the library is not obligated to take any such actions, and will not be responsible for or liable for content posted by any subscriber in any blog or other social media offered by the library.