Social Media Policy
In keeping with the Brownell Library's mission to "help
patrons utilize the library’s resources and to provide opportunities for
community enrichment and cultural awareness," the Library participates in
various "social software" applications whereby library staff and community
members can interact through virtual (internet) communication.
The Library’s use of social media
is intended to provide an opportunity to facilitate the sharing of
ideas, opinions, and information about Library services and collections
creating a welcoming and inviting online space where library users can interact
with Library staff and other Library users.
Social software is defined as any
website or application which allows users to share information. Social software
can include, but is not limited to, blogging, instant messaging, social
networking sites, and wikis. Many social networking sites allow users of those
sites to become a "friend", "fan" or otherwise associate their own "profiles" or
virtual presences with the Library's profile on these sites. Examples of such
sites are Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and various blogging sites like
Blogger and Wordpress. As with more traditional resources, the Library does not
act in place of or in the absence of a parent and is not responsible for
enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor's use
of this resource.
does not collect, maintain or otherwise use the personal information stored on
any third party site in any way other than to communicate with users on that
site, unless granted permission by users for Library contact outside the site.
The purpose for contact outside the site may include program promotion,
volunteer opportunities, reference help, or other similar activities. Users may
remove themselves at any time from the Library's "friends" or "fan" lists, or
request that the Library remove them. Users should be aware that third party
websites have their own policies and should proceed accordingly.
posts, and messages are welcome on Brownell Library social networking sites.
Comments and postings must be relevant to the content created by the Library
staff. While the Brownell Library recognizes and respects differences in
opinion, all such interactions will be regularly monitored and reviewed for
content and relevancy (before publishing when possible). Library
staff reserves the right to review all comments and postings and delete comments
that are inconsistent with the content created by the Library staff.
Library staff may block the person who posted inconsistent comments or postings
from posting any further information to the Library’s social networking sites.
Comments or postings that fall within one of the following categories will be
deleted by the Library staff:
Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of
race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, national origin,
physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.
attacks, insults, or threatening language
or copy-written material
personal information published without consent
totally unrelated to the content of the forum
• Hyperlinks to
material that is not directly related to the discussion
promotions or spam
• Photos or
other images that fall in any of the above categories
the Brownell Library reserves the right to edit or modify any postings or
comments for space or content, while retaining the intent of the original post.
The Library shall also be granted the right to reproduce comments, posts, and
messages in other public venues. For example, a response to a YouTube book
review may be quoted in a newspaper or on the library website. Identifying
information, other than first name, will be removed unless prior approval is
granted by the user.
Library assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place
by any participant in any Library-sponsored social networking service, and does
not endorse or review content outside the "pages" created by Brownell
Library staff. Participation in Brownell Library social networking
services implies agreement with all Library policies, including its Social
Networking Policy and Acceptable Use of the Internet and Public Computers
Policy, and the Terms of Service of each individual third-party service. If a
user does not agree to these terms, they are not to use the services provided.
The role and
utility of social networking sites will be evaluated periodically by library
staff, and may be terminated at any time without notice to subscribers.
the Whitman Public Library (MA), and
Public Library (CA)
content by the Brownell Library (VT)
Approved by the Brownell Library Board
of Trustees, 11/15/2011