Social Media Policy

Purpose. The purpose of the social media policy is to ensure effective promotion of library services, resources, programs, materials and events to the public.

The Library’s social media sites are not intended to be traditional public forums for the general exchange of ideas and viewpoints, rather a limited forum for the Monroe Community Library, in a valuable and timely way, to disseminate information about and to promote library news, events, and materials.

The public should have no expectation of privacy in postings on library social media sites, and by utilizing these sites, users consent to the Library’s right to access, monitor and read any postings on library run social media sites. The Library’s social media sites may be considered public records under Maine Public Records laws.

What You Can Expect of Us. Library staff exercises editorial control on our social media platforms to create a safe and welcoming environment. The Library reserves the right to remove, without prior notice, content that is unlawful, is off topic, or otherwise does not comply with the Library’s policy, purpose and expectations.

The Library is not responsible for the content of posts made by third parties. Postings by users do not indicate endorsement of the ideas, issues, links, or commentary posted, and they do not necessarily reflect the positions of the library, its volunteer staff, or the Town of Monroe. Additionally, endorsement is not implied by “following” or otherwise linking to other online entities.

When you choose to share comments, lists, or other information in the Library’s social software, you agree to do so with responsibility and respect for the Library’s communities and purpose. Posts that violate state, federal, or local law, ordinance, or regulation, or Library policy, such as those listed below, are prohibited and will be removed:

• Copyright violations.
• Off topic comments.
• Duplicated posts from the same individual.
• Obscene or racist content.
• Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination and/or harassment.
• Personal disparagement, defamation, attacks, insults, or threatening language.
• Potentially slanderous, libelous, or defamatory comments.
• Private or personal information, or requests for personal information.
• Comments, images, links, or information unrelated to the library, its mission, or its activities.
• Spam or other commercial, political, or religious messages unrelated to the Library or its social media postings.
• Solicitation of funds.
• Other content that violates the library’s code of conduct.

Acceptance of Terms. By using the Library’s social media sites, you signify your acceptance of the Monroe Community Library Social Media Policy. By choosing to comment on the Library’s social software you agree to these expectations.

Review. The Policy on Social Media, like all Library policies will be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary.

Approved by the Monroe Community Library Board of Trustees June 9, 2021.