Social Media Policy

Watertown Regional Library participates and uses social media in different forms.  The Watertown Regional Library staff will maintain and edit the content of Watertown Regional Library hosted sites to comply with all library policies.

Social media is defined as any web application, site, or account created and maintained by Watertown Regional Library that supports the Watertown Regional Library’s mission statement: “Connecting people to the joy of reading, information, and lifelong learning.”  These include, but are not limited to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Watertown Regional Library is not responsible for or liable for any content posted by any participant in a library social media forum who is not a member of the library’s staff. Comments and postings by participants other than library staff moderators do not necessarily reflect the official position of Watertown Regional Library or its staff.  The library reserves the right to reproduce comments, posts, and messages in other public venues; such reproduction may be edited for space or content while retaining the original intent of the post.

Watertown Regional Library welcomes the comments, posts, and messages of the community, and recognizes and respects differences in opinion.  However, all comments, posts, and messages are subject to review, and Watertown Regional Library reserves the right to, but is not required to, remove any comment, post, or message that it deems inappropriate. 

If you violate one or more of these guidelines, you may have your content removed or be blocked from further participation.

  • Content including, but not limited to, any of the following will be removed from any Watertown Regional Library social media forum:
    • Profane or vulgar language or content
    • Content that degrades others on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation
    • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
    • Content that reveals private, personal information without permission (doing)
    • Potentially libelous statements
    • Falsification of identity
    • Copyright, trademark, and intellectual property violations
    • Comments, links, or information unrelated to the purpose of the forum
    • Duplicated posts by an individual use
    • Spam, or other commercial, political, or proselytizing messages
    • Solicitations for commerce or fundraising
    • Sexual content or links to sexual content
    • Inappropriate photographs, including but not limited to: photos involving alcohol, nudity, and scenes of graphic violence
    • Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems

Individual user complaints must be submitted directly to the library staff so they can be addressed quickly and specifically.  Social Media is not the mechanism used by the Library to document or address Library user problems and concerns, or influence Library policy, procedures, or programs.

Adopted: June 2, 2020