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The Schaumburg Township District Library uses social media* to increase awareness of and accessibility to its programs, resources and services in order to serve the cultural, educational, informational and recreational needs of our community. Social media provide library staff and users with opportunities to share opinions and information about Library-related subjects.

Posts** are welcome on the Library’s social media sites. The Library does not endorse the opinions expressed in posts on its social media sites.

While the Library recognizes and respects differing opinions, all posts will be monitored regularly and reviewed for content, relevancy and appropriateness. The Library reserves the right to edit and modify posts for space and content, while retaining the intent of the original post. The Library reserves the right to remove posts that violate this Social Media Policy.  Failure to comply with federal, state and local law and Library policy, rules and regulations will be grounds for suspension of posting privileges.

Posts containing any of the following are prohibited and will be removed:

  • Obscene material
  • Child pornography
  • Libel
  • Abusive, derogatory, discriminatory, harassing, inflammatory, profane, offensive,  threatening, or violent language
  • Copyrighted, trademarked or plagiarized material
  • Spam
  • Private and confidential information about oneself or others
  • Comments or hyperlinks to material unconnected to library-related subjects or discussions
  • Advertising or sale of merchandise or services, charitable solicitations, proselytizing and political campaigning
  • Inducement or incitement to engage in any activity that violates federal, state and local law, ordinance or regulation.

Content posted on Library social media sites is subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and record retention laws.

The Library reserves the right to reproduce posts submitted to its social media sites. Personally identifiable information will be removed. The Library does not collect, maintain or otherwise use personally identifiable information stored on third party social media sites other than to communicate with users on that site. Users should be aware that third party websites have their own privacy policies and should proceed accordingly.

The Library does not endorse, monitor or review the content of personal, non-Library related social media activity of its employees.

Participation in Schaumburg Township District Library social media services implies agreement with this and all other Library policies.  The Library, its employees and Trustees assume no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from participation in Library-sponsored social media services.

*Social media is defined as any website or application which allows users to share information. Social media includes, but is not limited to: blogs, instant messaging tools, social networking sites and wikis.

**Posts include, but are not limited to, observations, comments and messages.

Approved by the Schaumburg Township District Library Board of Trustees on Dec. 19, 2011.