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Social Media Policy

Updated: September 25, 2013

The Laurel County Public Library is committed to using current social media to reach out and be more easily accessible to current and potential library users. Social media allow the library to meet users where they are, and give the staff and public a convenient way to interact and share information, ideas, and opinions on a range of topics related to the library's mission, collections, and services.

Some examples of the application of social media include:

  • Announcing programs
  • Posting news such as special events, holiday hours, exhibits, and new item arrivals
  • Reminding the public of important library resources
  • Announcing new services
  • Serving as a public relations and marketing tool
  • Social media is defined as any website or application which allows users to share information. Examples of social media include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, wikis, photo sharing, and blogs.

    Since the library's social media sites provide a designated public forum intended for moderated discussion, we welcome comments, posts, and messages on our sites. However, while the library recognizes and respects differences in opinion, all such interactions will be regularly monitored and reviewed for content and relevancy by the director and/or other designated employee(s).

    Postings which contain the following will be removed at the library staff's discretion and the poster may be precluded from posting any subsequent messages to library social media sites:

  • Obscene, sexist, or racist content
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  • Potentially libelous statements
  • Violations of the copyright, trademark right, or other intellectual property right of any third party
  • Private, personal information published without consent of the appropriate party
  • Comments totally unrelated to the content of the discussion
  • Hyperlinks to material unrelated to the content of the discussion
  • Comments that have the sole purpose to annoy
  • Commercial promotions, petitions, or spam
  • Organized political activity
  • Posts that violate laws or library policies
  • Photos or other images that fall in any of the above categories
  • The Laurel County Public Library reserves the right to not publish any posting or to remove it later. The library also reserves the right to edit or modify postings or content while retaining the intent of the original post.

    The Laurel County Public Library assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place by any participant in any library-sponsored social media service. The library does not endorse or review content outside the "pages" created by library staff.

    As with more traditional resources, the library does not act in place of, or in the absence of, a parent or guardian and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor's use of these resources. Users may remove themselves at any time from the library's "friends" list or request that the library remove them. Users should be aware that third party websites have their own privacy policies and should proceed accordingly.

    The role and utility of social media sites will be evaluated periodically by library staff and may be terminated at any time with notice to subscribers.

    By posting content, the patron/user agrees to indemnify the Laurel County Public Library and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages, and costs (including attorney's fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the posted content.

    Participation in the Laurel County Public Library's social media services implies agreement with all library policies. If any user does not agree to these terms, he/she should not use the social media services.

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