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Purpose

The Missoula Public Library (MPL) is committed to using current social media. Social media is defined as any Web application, site, or account created and maintained by Missoula Public Library (MPL) which facilitates an environment for library staff and library users to share opinions and information about library-related subjects or issues. Examples include Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Flickr, etc. MPL recognizes and respects differences in opinion.

Policy

Missoula Public Library managed social media tools are intended to facilitate communication. MPL regards online social media in the same way as its other information resources in accordance with its mission of serving the Missoula area’s needs for learning, literacy, and community connections. As with more traditional resources, the library does not act in place of or in the absence of a parent. The library is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor’s use of this resource. In addition to the general rules respecting use of the library, the Missoula Public Library prohibits use of its social media for any purpose which might create civil liability of the library board to any person.

Use of MPL social media is conditional on the user’s agreement to observe this policy. By continuing to use this application, the user indicates agreement to all requirements of this policy. Comments, posts and messages are welcome on MPL social media sites. MPL reserves the right to monitor content before it is published on its web based sites and accounts, and to modify or remove any messages or postings that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of copyright, trademark right or other intellectual property right of any third party. Examples of content that will be removed by site authors or administrators include:

  • Obscene or racist content;
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language;
  • Potentially libelous statements;
  • Copyrighted or plagiarized material;
  • Private, personal information published without consent including photos and images;
  • Comments totally unrelated to the content of the forum;
  • Hyperlinks to material that is not directly related to the discussion; or
  • Commercial promotions, private business activities, or spam

By posting content, including comments to MPL social media sites, users acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • By making a submission, users consent to its online display;
  • User submissions to MPL social media may be republished through other formats such as the MPL newsletter or Website for promotional purposes; and
  • MPL has the right to send e-mail regarding use of the social media.

Photos/Videos Policy

Individuals may have attended an MPL-sponsored event where photographs or videos were taken. MPL event attendees should be given the option to opt-out from appearing in these photos and/or videos after an announcement is made to that effect at the event; opt out signs will also be posted at the event. If an individual does not opt out from use of photos or videos, a release form should be signed by that individual for the use of the photo or video. By signing that release the individual has consented to the use of a photograph, likeness, voice, or video recording for publicity, promotional, and other library related purposes including posting on MPL social media sites. An authorized signature on the individual release removes MPL from all liability or claims arising out of or in connection with the photograph, likeness, voice, or video recording and there will be no compensation for the use of said item.

External Content

Social media sites managed by MPL sometimes contain links to content on other World Wide Web Internet sites for which MPL is not responsible. MPL is not responsible for the reliability or accuracy of user generated content or of the content on sites to which MPL social media sites may link. Users use user-generated content and other web content at their own risk.

Patron Policy

Users are encouraged to protect their privacy when participating in online public forums. MPL is committed to protecting patron privacy (see Missoula Public Library Statement on Privacy and Confidentiality of Library Records). However, patron privacy does not extend to public forums including social media forums where a user may choose to identify him or herself as a patron of MPL. By posting content in a public forum, the user acknowledges that he or she may forfeit any expectation of patron privacy. A user will be required to create a login in order to post content to any MPL social media. The only identifying information retained will be a user name and password.

Indemnification

By posting content, the user agrees to indemnify MPL and its officers and employees from and against all liabilities, judgments, damages and costs (including attorney's fees) incurred by any of them which arise out of or are related to the posted content. Forums and messaging may not be used for commercial purposes or for organized political activity. If any user does not agree to these terms, he or she should not use the service, as violation of the terms can lead to legal liability.