Social media provides a valuable and timely way for the Old Bridge Public Library to disseminate information about and promote library news, programs, projects and services. It also serves to inspire conversation and expand the Library’s connection with the Old Bridge community.

The Old Bridge Public Library regards Social Media as equally important as any other venue for the dissemination of library information.

Definition of social media

Social media is defined as any web application, site, or account created and maintained by the Old Bridge Public Library that supports the Old Bridge Public Library social media purpose statement.

Usage rules

The Old Bridge Public Library welcomes the comments, posts, and messages of the community and recognizes and respects differences in opinion. However, all comments, posts, and messages will be periodically reviewed and the Old Bridge Public Library reserves the right to, but is not required to, remove any comment, post, or message that it deems inappropriate or off-topic. The Old Bridge Public 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.

Users should have no expectation of privacy in postings on Library sponsored social media sites; by using such sites, you consent to the Library’s right to access, monitor, and read any postings on those sites. Users must understand that social media is a permanent, retrievable, and public. Messages can potentially be read by anyone once posted, regardless of status on friends, follower, or subscriber list. The Library recommends that users do not post their personal information or contact information on social media sites.

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.

Content containing any of the following will be removed immediately from any Old Bridge Public Library social media forum:

  • Obscene content or hate speech
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  • Private or personal information, including phone numbers and addresses, or requests for personal information
  • Potentially libelous statements Falsification of identity
  • Plagiarized material
  • Comments, links, or information unrelated to the purpose of the forum
  • Spam or other commercial, political, or religious messages unrelated to the Library or its social media postings
  • Solicitation of funds
  • Any images, links, or other content that falls into the above categories

The Library reserves the right to ban or block users who have posted in violation of this policy.

In addition, users are expected to abide by the terms and conditions set by third party social media platforms as well as follow appropriate Federal and State Law.

The Old Bridge Public Library assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place by any participant in any Library-sponsored social media service, and does not endorse or review content outside the “pages” created by the Library. Participation in the Library’s social media services implies agreement with all Library policies and the Terms of Service of each individual third-party service. If a user does not agree to these terms, they are not to use the services provided.

The Library asks that individual user complaints be addressed directly to the Library Administration 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 March 11, 2015 by the Old Bridge Public Library Board of Trustees