Social Media Policy
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY (2011-03-17) 5.08
LPLS recognizes the importance of the Internet in the exchange of ideas and information about our libraries. We also recognize the importance of our staff utilizing social networking communities. LPLS is committed to the promotion of our libraries through the use of social media.
Social media is defined as any website or application which allows users to share information, including but not limited to blogs, wiki’s, and social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.
Comments, posts, and messages are welcome on LPLS’s social networking sites. While LPLS recognizes and respects differences in opinion, all such interactions will be regularly monitored and reviewed for content and relevancy (before publishing when possible).
All postings which contain any of the following will be removed and the poster barred from posting any subsequent messages to library social networking sites:
- Obscene or racial content
- Personal attacks, insults, bullying, or threatening language
- Potentially libelous statements
- Plagiarized or copy-written material
- Private, personal information published without consent
- Comments totally unrelated to the content of the forum
- Hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion
- Commercial promotions or spam
- Organized political activity
- Photos or other images that fall in any of the above categories
LPLS reserves the right to edit or modify any postings or comments for space or content, while retaining the intent of the original post.
LPLS 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 LPLS.
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.
Any violations of this Policy by an LPLS employee may result in disciplinary action, which may include reprimand, suspension with or without pay or termination of employment. Violations also may be referred to the appropriate legal authorities.