Social Media Policy

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

Cranston Public Library (the Library) welcomes interaction with members of the community on various social networking websites, platforms and media. The Library invites comments, posts and messages, while recognizing and respecting differences of opinion and upholding the standards of ethics and conduct delineated for staff and patrons in the Cranston Public Library Code of Conduct and Policy Manual. The Library seeks to provide social media users with environments free from discrimination and obscenities. Therefore, all comments, posts and messages are subject to review by the Library. The Library reserves the right to remove any comment, post or message that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of intellectual property rights, or otherwise inappropriate.  Content containing the following will be removed:

  • Disrespectful, inflammatory or off-topic comments
  • Obscene, racist or otherwise threatening comments
  • Personal attacks or insults
  • Plagiarized material (quotations without credit lines)
  • Information that is likely to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
  • Private or personal information published without consent
  • Commercial promotions, spam or organized political activity
  • Hyperlinks and images which meet any of the above criteria

If it happens that any individual repeatedly and/or habitually provides content to Library-sponsored websites that meets the criteria above, the Library reserves the right to permanently withhold that individual’s ability to post to Library-sponsored websites via the security options available for the website in question.

The Library further reserves the right to reproduce comments, posts and messages in other public venues, without further permission from subscribers. Cranston Public Library will not be held responsible or liable for the content posted by any subscriber to any Library-sponsored website.

Interaction (posting, commenting, or messaging) with any Library-sponsored page, constitutes the indemnification of Cranston Public Library, its employees, its affiliates and the City of Cranston from and against any and all liabilities, judgments, damages and costs incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to content you post.  The Library assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place by any participant on any Library-sponsored social networking website.

Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees January 14, 2015