Minuteman Library Network Social Media Policy


The Minuteman Library Network (MLN) has established social media sites primarily to inform Minuteman Library users about programs, resources, and events, held at any of the Minuteman Library Network Member Libraries. Library social media sites include any online forum, site, web application, or account created and maintained by MLN or its agents, which permit users to communicate with others users through postings. They include but are not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. The MLN social media policy applies to all users of the MLN social media sites.


Users should have no expectation of privacy in postings on MLN sponsored social media sites. By using these sites, users consent to the MLN's right to access, monitor and read any postings on the sites. The full MLN privacy policy can be seen at: http://www.mln.lib.ma.us/about/privacy.htm
Third party websites also have their own privacy policies, which apply to all users of the Minuteman Library Network social sites.


The Minuteman Library Network  reserves the right to monitor content before it is posted on all of its social media sites and to remove any messages, tags or postings that it deems to be abusive, defamatory, in violation of copyright, or otherwise inappropriate for the service.
The Minuteman Library Network does not act in place of or in the absence of a parent and is not responsible for enforcing any restrictions which a parent or guardian may place on a minor's use of social media sites.


Copyright and sharing
Users will make every attempt to protect copyrighted or other intellectual property rights. Proper credit needs to be given to all referenced sources.


By posting on the MLNs social media sites, users give MLN permission to use their name, profile picture, and the content of any posting users make without compensation to them or liability on the part of the MLN. This permission ends when users delete their posting.


MLN does not mine content from its affiliated sites and groups. MLN may repost social media content where beneficial for the network. MLN may send outreach communications to its member libraries to post and share events on their own social media sites.

Minuteman may use its social media sites to inform library users of legislation being considered at the state or federal level.

The name Minuteman Library Network, Inc. is trademarked - Reg. No. 3,745,968 and it can only be used on official MLN social sites, forums and groups.


Affiliated Groups
MLN Central Site Staff has administrative privileges for those affiliated pages, accounts or posts, bearing MLN's logo or trademark.

Adapted from policies prepared by Worcester Public Library and Berkshire Athenaeum Pittsfield's Public Library