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Social Media Policy

Introduction

This policy governs the publication of, and commentary on, official Wellesley Free Library Social Media.     For purposes of this policy, “Social Media” is defined as any web application, site or account created and maintained by the Wellesley Free Library (WFL) to facilitate the dissemination of information regarding resources available at the WLF.  By way of example, this information may include program promotion, volunteer opportunities, reference assistance, and/or other such activities in furtherance of the Library’s mission.  Social Media may include, but not be limited to; any resource for online publication and commentary, such as blogs; wikis; social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube); and, shall include any future forms of Social Media not currently in use or available at the WFL.

Content produced by staff and volunteers on such Social Media shall be posted by Library staff and authorized volunteers only. Staff shall maintain and edit such content consistent with WFL’s policies and its mission to be a “cultural destination, gateway to ideas and community gathering place…”  

User-Generated Content

Comments, posts, and messages are always welcome on the Library’s Social Media.  However, the WFL reserves the right to monitor such content before it is posted and the right to remove any content it considers inappropriate, and/or a violation of any law, including, but not limited to, those regarding intellectual property, libel and defamation.

Users shall make every attempt to protect copyrighted or other intellectual property rights; provide a link to the original source when quoting another blog or publication; and attribute credit to an author or creator via hyperlink when using images or other media found elsewhere on the web.

General Information About Content

  • Content, including emails, shall be managed, stored and retrieved to comply with open records laws;
  • By posting on Library Social Media, users grant the WFL permission to use the content without compensation or liability;
  • Users should have no expectation of privacy when posting on any of the Library’s Social Media sites; and
  • The WFL is not responsible for any 3rd party content posted to these sites, nor do such postings reflect views of WFL, its employees or Board of Trustees.

This policy is in addition to other policies of the WFL regarding the use of technology, computers, e-mail, the internet and conduct. 

Revised 2/04/2019 by the WFL Board of Trustees