Social Networking Policy

Social software is defined as any website or application which allows users to share information. Social software can include, but is not limited to, blogs, wikis, instant messaging, and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

It is important to note that the Library does not act in place of or in the absence of a parent and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor’s use of these resources.  Also, third party websites have their own privacy policies and users should proceed accordingly.

Comments, posts, and messages are welcome on The Wilmington Memorial Library 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 (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, vulgar, or racist content
-Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
-Potentially libelous statements
-Plagiarized or copy-righted 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

In addition, the Wilmington Memorial Library reserves the right to edit or modify or remove any postings or comments for space or content, while retaining the intent of the original post. The Library shall also be granted the right to reproduce comments, posts, and messages in other public venues. No user should have any expectation of privacy or proprietary interest in his or her use of the social networking sites.

While the Library regularly monitors and reviews interactions, it cannot guarantee in all cases that barred content will not be posted by users, and the Library assumes no liability for the posting or viewing of any such material. If a user encounters such material, he or she should promptly report it to the Library.

The Wilmington MemorialLibrary 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 Wilmington MemorialLibrary staff.  Participation in Wilmington MemorialLibrary social networking services constitutesimplies agreement towith all Library policies, including its Social Networking Policy and Computer Use, Internet, and Wireless Network Policy, and the Terms of Service of each individual third-party service.  If a user does not agree to these terms, they are not to use the services provided.

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.

Approved by the Wilmington Memorial Library Trustees- December 8, 2009

Adapted from the Whitman Public Library (MA)
Original content by the Wilmington Memorial Library