Official library blogs, podcasts, photo sites, social network profiles, twitter feeds, etc. are an increasingly effective means of communication with library users and the larger community. Library staff designated to post on behalf of the Library must adhere to the following guidelines:
The library does not interfere with personal expression done outside the library setting. However, if employees comment on any aspect of the Library in their own personal blogs, they must clearly identify themselves as Library employees and include a disclaimer that the views expressed are their own and not those of the Library.
Recognize that you are legally liable for anything you write or present online. Employees can be disciplined by the company for commentary, content, or images that are defamatory, pornographic, proprietary, harassing, libelous, or that can create a hostile work environment. You can also be sued by company employees, competitors, and any individual or company that views your commentary, content, or images as defamatory, pornographic, proprietary, harassing, libelous or creating a hostile work environment.
Approved library sponsored social media outlets are currently limited to official Facebook pages, official Blogger outlets, and Pinterest as supported by Headquarters staff. Registration with other social outlets requires pre-approval by the Library Director.
If you’d like to moderate public comments, you can use this lawyer-approved language:
“Remember, we encourage you to comment on this blog. All viewpoints are welcome, but please be constructive. We reserve the right to make editorial decisions regarding submitted comments, including but not limited to removal of comments.
Procedural Section last updated 11.03.2014
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