Subject: Social Networking Policy Last Updated: 10/2009
Category: Effective Date: 1/2010

I.POLICY

The Bedford Public Library System participates in various “social software” applications whereby library staff and community members can interact through virtual (internet) communication.  The BPLS regards online social software applications in the same way as its other information resources, in accordance with its mission of serving the patrons need for informational, educational, cultural and recreational pursuits.

As with more traditional resources, 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 this resource.

BPLS does not collect, maintain or otherwise use the personal information stored on any third party site in any way other than to communicate with users on that site, unless granted permission by users for Library contact outside the site. 

Comments, posts, and messages are welcome on BPLS 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). BPLS sites are intended for moderated discussion and not for a public forum.  All postings which contain any of the following will be removed, at the library’s sole discretion, and the poster disallowed from posting any subsequent messages to library social networking sites:

BPLS reserves the right to edit or modify any postings or commentary for space or content, while retaining the intent of the original post.  The Library has the right to reproduce comments, posts, and messages in other public venues.

BPLS assumes no liability regarding any event that occurs or interaction that takes place involving any participant in any Library-sponsored social networking service.  BPLS does not endorse or review content outside the “pages” created by the library staff.  Participation in BPLS social networking services implies agreement with all Library policies, including its Social Networking Policy and Public Internet 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.

Social networking sites may be terminated at any time without notice to subscribers.

 

II. APPLICABILITY

Social software is defined as any website or application which allows users to share information.  Social software can include, but is not limited to, blogging, instant messaging, social networking sites, and wikis.  Examples:  Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Blogger, Flickr, and Wordpress.

 

III.OBJECTIVE

Social networking sites allow all members of the community access to the resources of the BPLS without requiring a visit to the physical library. 

 

III.PROCEDURES