Social Media and Comment Policy

The Fountaindale Public Library District utilizes various social media tools to communicate information to its community about the Library’s services, resources, upcoming events, and other information about Library-related subjects.  The Library’s social media sites are not intended to be public forums.  The Library does not endorse the opinions expressed in posts and/or comments left by users on its social media sites.  The following is intended to inform users of the policies for posting comments and other information on all Fountaindale Public Library District social media sites.

The Library reserves the right to decline to post or to remove any comments, photographs, links, or posts that it deems to be inappropriate, including:

•    Posts containing personal attacks, insults, profanity, obscenity, threatening language, or harassment;
•    Posts that discriminate against specific individuals or groups on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or any other unlawful reason;
•    Spam and commercial posts;
•    Content that violates a copyright, trademark, or any other law;
•    Private and/or personal information about an individual, group, or entity published without consent of that individual, group, or entity;
•    Comments that are irrelevant to the original topic, and
•    Content in support of or opposition to political campaigns or ballot measures.

The Executive Director or his or her designee reserves the right to deny access to any/all of the Library’s social media sites for any individual or entity who violates this policy or applicable laws, at any time and without prior notice. 

Please be advised that content or posts on the Library’s social media sites that relate to Library business may be a public record subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act and retention under state records retention laws.

APPEAL AND REVIEW

The Board of Trustees of the Fountaindale Public Library District will review the Social Media and Comment Policy and regulations periodically and reserves the right to amend them at any time.  The Board authorizes the Executive Director to waive regulations under appropriate circumstances.  The Executive Director is the chief person empowered to make decisions regarding the availability and use of social media and commenting.  The Executive Director has delegated authority to implement this policy to the Communications Manager.

Any appeals for changes to, or exceptions to, any portion of the Social Media and Comment Policy will be considered.  An individual wishing to file an appeal shall submit it to the Executive Director in writing.  The Executive Director will respond in writing.

APPROVED FEBRUARY 16, 2017