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Social Software Policy for County of Los Angeles Public Library Users

Adopted 5/18/2010


The County of Los Angeles Public Library may offer blogs, community reviews, patron comments and other social software tools for educational, cultural, civic and recreational purposes. Library social software tools provide a limited (or designated) public forum to facilitate the sharing of ideas, opinions and information about library-related subjects and issues. Library social software is intended to create a welcoming and inviting online space where library users will find useful and entertaining information and can interact with library staff and other library users. Comments and reviews are moderated by library staff and the library reserves the right to remove comments or reviews. Comments and reviews may be removed after a period of time; social software sites are not archived.

Definition of Social software

Social software is defined as any web application, site or account offered by the library that facilitates the sharing of opinions and information about library related subjects and issues.

Social software includes such formats as blogs, listservs, websites, social network pages or posts to community reviews and patron ratings of library materials.

Rules for Commenting and Reviewing

Protect your privacy. Do not post personally identifying information. Young people under age 18, especially, should not post information such as last name, school, age, phone number, address. Posts may be edited to remove personally identifying information.

Posts that are against library rules and will be deleted before posting or removed by library staff. Violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Copyright violations
  • Off topic comments or reviews
  • Commercial material/spam
  • Duplicated posts from the same individual
  • Obscene posts
  • Specific and imminent threats
  • Libelous comments
  • Images
  • Personal attacks

By choosing to comment or leave a review at any social media website run by the County of Los Angeles Public Library you agree to the rules above.

August 2010