My library recently created a set of social media guidelines for staff. There are two parts to these guidelines:
- Guidelines for social media teams: we take a team-based approach to our social media channels. For example, there’s a social media team for our Facebook Page, and they have some general posting goals that they follow. So the first set of guidelines apply to our social media teams.
- Guidelines for all staff (when not at work): The second set of guidelines pretty much mirror what’s in our library’s Employee Handbook, but spell out what that looks like in an online setting.
So – here they are:
Guidelines for Social Media Teams
- Follow team guidelines. Social media teams should follow the guidelines for each social media team.
- Be helpful. Share content related to the social media team’s goals. Avoid arguments and debates – the digital services director and communications & marketing director will handle those.
- Get photo permission. Use these guidelines when taking photos and videos of our customers:
- For photos with 1-2 people, use a photo release form
- For photos with groups of 3 or more, no photo release form needed
- Let Marketing do their job. Don’t create social media content that falls under Communications & Marketing, including:
- Advisories and notices of cancellations
- Official library communications (press releases, library newsletters, etc.)
- Events or links to events. The library doesn’t use Facebook Events:
- They limit invitees. Facebook Page fans can’t be invited to a Page’s Facebook Event. You’re only allowed to invite Facebook friends from a personal profile – not from a Facebook Page.
- They don’t work well with the Facebook Timeline. Facebook Events are only seen by people who were invited to an Event. A series of boosted posts works much better to promote an event on Facebook
- We don’t have control over the content. No statistics, no edits if needed, etc.
- Work for Hire. All content you create for the library is owned by the library and is considered work for hire content. The library has the right to re-share and re-use the content you create on work time for the library.
- Creating new social media channels. The Digital Services Director does this in cooperation with Communications & Marketing, based on need, library goals and objectives.
Guidelines for all staff (when not at work):
- Share what you do at the library. Feel free to use personal social media channels of all types to share library-related content. Share what you’re proud of!
- Be yourself. If you share about the library, let people know you work at the library. Don’t represent yourself or the library in a false or misleading way.
- Be nice. No spam or remarks that are off-topic or offensive.
- Keep secrets. Don’t violate the confidentiality of the library or our customers. If in doubt, check with your supervisor first.
- Don’t overstep official library channels. The CEO and the Marketing Director are our official spokespeople, and they speak for the library on official matters.
- Remember the Employee Handbook. It also applies to online settings.
So that’s what we have created. Do you have any social media guidelines for staff? If so, please share!
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