Social Media Guidelines

Spring Green Community Library (SGCL) staff create content on social media* to assist in fulfilling the information, leisure, civic and cultural needs of library users. The majority of the content will be related to libraries, authors, books, library programming, and special topics the library is discussing or promoting and local community events. While SGCL encourages comments and recognizes and respects differences of opinion, all content will be reviewed by library staff.

General guidelines for posting comments and content at SGCL’s site:

  • We want to hear from you! Please post comments, questions, and other thoughts which contribute to the conversation.

  • Stay on topic – stick to the subject raised by the post. Do not comment on the person who made the initial post, or others who made comments.

  • If you can’t be polite, don’t say it. Every comment deserves respect.

  • Think before you push the “share” button. Remember that this is a public forum, and your words will be archived on the site for a long time.


Some Don’ts:

  • Don’t post copyrighted materials that you don’t have permission to reproduce or distribute.

  • Don’t post content that installs viruses, worms, malware, Trojans, etc.

  • Don’t post content that is obscene, libelous, defamatory, hateful, personal attacks or threats.

  • Don’t post spam or commercial promotions.

  • Don’t post personal, real-life information such as home addresses and home phone numbers.


What will SGCL do?

  • We will respond to comments, answer questions, and provide information as appropriate.

  • Sometimes we’ll join a comment thread to help focus the discussion, or to get people talking.

  • We will remove any posts that break the rules stated above.


Any content posted on the SGCL website is a public record and is regulated by the Wisconsin Public Records Law.

*Social media is a term used to describe online publication tools with a focus on immediacy, user participation and information sharing.

Adopted by August 9, 2011 by the Spring Green Community Library Board