Social Media Policy

Purpose

The Worcester Public Library (Library) has established social media sites primarily to inform Library users about Library programs, resources, and events including those co-sponsored with other organizations. Library social media sites encourage dialogue and exchange of information between users and Library staff. Library social media sites include any online forum/site, web application, or account created and/or maintained by the Worcester Public Library or its agents, which permit users to communicate with others users through postings. They include but are not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, blogs, wiki, YouTube, and Flickr. The Library social media policy applies to all patrons, whether registered with Worcester Public Library or not.

Rights of the Library

The Library regards online social media in the same way as its other information resources and communications. Library social media policy is not intended to supplement or replace other Library policies. The Library is not responsible for enforcing restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor’s use of this resource. The Library reserves the right to monitor content before it is posted on all of its social media sites and to remove any messages, tags or postings that it deems to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of copyright, or otherwise inappropriate for the service.

Attribution

In accordance with various international, federal, state and local laws, users will make every attempt to protect copyrighted or other intellectual property rights. When quoting another blog or publication, be sure to link to the original. When using images or other media found elsewhere on the web, attribute credit to the author or creator via hyperlink.

Privacy

You should have no expectation of privacy in postings on Library sponsored social media sites. By using these sites, you consent to the Library’s right to access, monitor and read any postings on the sites.

Ownership

By posting on the Library’s social media sites, you give the Library permission to use your name, profile picture, and the content of any posting you make without compensation to you or liability on the part of the Library. This permission ends when you delete your posting.

Disclaimer

All social media sites used by the Library contain the following disclaimer:

This site is for discussion purposes only. Any views expressed on this site are those of the individual author only. Third party content found on this site does not represent the official views of the Worcester Public Library. The Worcester Public Library accepts no liability for the content of this site.

APPROVED WPL BOARD OF DIRECTORS April 9, 2013

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