Madrid Public Library Website and Social Networking Policy
The Madrid Public Library’s website is an online source of information for staff and patrons and includes links to sites selected to enrich, broaden and enhance library materials. Links will be added or deleted depending on informational, recreational and educational needs of the staff and patrons. These links will be selected by the same criteria as other library materials.
Users of the library’s website and links are solely at their own risk. The library does not assume responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any external information to which it links. A library link to external website is not an endorsement by the library to the site.
Library patrons may not use the library’s website to perform any activity which is directly or indirectly commercial, unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, hateful, obscene, libelous or invasive of another’s privacy.
The library will not sell, distribute or disclose a library user’s name or personal information, including e-mail, unless required by law. E-mail and instant messaging sent to library staff are confidential, however may not be totally secure. Users should not e-mail/text message information that is considered sensitive.
Social software is any web application which allows users to share information. Social software can include blogging, instant messaging, social networking sites and wikis. Many social networking sites allow users of those sites to become a “friend” or “fan” and would associate their own virtual presences with the library’s profile on these sites. Examples of such sites are Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Pinterest to name a few. As with other resources the library does not act in the place of or in the absence of a parent and is not responsible for any restrictions which a parent may place on a minor’s use of this resource.
Comments and posts are welcomed on the library’s social networking sites. The Madrid Public Library respects differences in opinion, and all interactions will be regularly monitored. All postings which contain any of the following will be removed:
- Obscene or racist comments
- Personal attacks, harassments or threatening language
- Potentially libelous statements
- Plagiarized materials
- Commercial promotions or spam
- Photos or other images that may fall in any of the above categories
The library 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. Users may remove themselves at any time from the library’s “friends” or “fan” lists. Users should be aware that the third party websites have their own privacy policies and should follow these policies accordingly.
By posting any comments, the user agrees to indemnify the Madrid Public Library and the City of Madrid from and against all liabilities, damages, and costs incurred which arise out of or are related to the posted content.
Approved February 2010
Reviewed and adopted September 2013
Amended and adopted November 2017