SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
Summary: The Gleason Public Library participates and uses social media in many forms. The GPL staff will maintain and edit the content of GPL hosted sites to comply with all Library Policies.
In keeping with the Gleason Public Library's mission to "foster personal and civic connections, embrace learning and the pursuit of knowledge, [and] provide professional services…”, the Library participates in various "social media" applications whereby library staff and community members can interact through virtual (internet) communication. These resources allow all members of the community access to the resources of the Gleason Public Library without mandating a visit to the physical library. The Library regards online social software applications in the same way as its other information resources in accordance with this mission.
This policy governs the publication of and commentary on official Gleason Public Library social media sites. For the purposes of this policy, social media means any facility for online publication and commentary, such as blogs, wikis, social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. This policy is in addition to and complements any existing or future policies regarding the use of technology, computers, e-mail and the internet.
The Library’s use of social networking sites may include program promotion, volunteer opportunities, reference help, or other similar activities to further the Library’s mission. Top-level content on the official social networking sites will be posted by Library employees and authorized volunteers.
Comments, posts, and messages are welcome on the Library’s social networking sites. While the Library recognizes and respects differences in opinion, all such interactions will be regularly monitored and reviewed for content and relevancy. Postings which contain any of the following will be removed and the poster may be barred from posting any subsequent messages to the Library’s social networking sites:
- Obscene or racist content
- Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
- Potentially libelous statements
- Plagiarized or copyrighted 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