British Columbia Library Association

BCLA introduces inaugural Social Media Policy

The BCLA Board of Directors is happy to share the new BCLA Social Media Policy, which was devised to guide the social media activity of BCLA affiliated staff and volunteers. President Anne Olsen thanks committee members Allison Comrie, Ali de Haan and Lillian Pintos for their work crafting the policy. Please see the policy below or BCLA Social Media Policy 2017 to download a .pdf version. The policy will also be made available on BCLA’s ‘Resources for Divisions‘ webpage.


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BCLA POLICY ON SOCIAL MEDIA

INTRODUCTION: The British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) maintains an online presence through its website, list servs, and various forms of social media, which serve as essential platforms for sharing BCLA-related information with members and stakeholders. The official voice of the Association is the President and the Executive Director. It is their responsibility to disseminate strategic and operational information to members, stakeholders, and the larger community. Because BCLA supports a number of groups and projects with varying objectives, the onus for sharing information through social media or other digital platforms related to each is often on the individuals working with that particular group or project.

PURPOSE: This policy is intended to assist individuals acting as a representative of BCLA in any capacity, group, or project, in sharing BCLA content or information in a manner that complies with BCLA’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives. BCLA reserves the right to request modification or removal of any submission that is not supportive of the Association’s views and values. The BCLA Social Media Policy will be reviewed on a regular basis by a subcommittee of the Board to ensure the policy remains relevant with the rapid rate of change in social media.

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Last approved: Dec. 4, 2017

This social media policy adopts some language and concepts from the following documents: