Social Media Policy

The Harris County Public Library (HCPL) selects carefully chosen social media tools as an important enhancement to communication, collaboration and information exchange between HCPL staff, library users and the general public. HCPL recognizes that new tools will emerge which have useful application in the library setting; thus, this policy addresses social media in general.

Library social media offerings are intended to create a welcoming and inviting online space where library users will find useful and entertaining information. In some forums, users may be able interact with library staff and other library users.

“Social Media” refers to community created content sites like blogs, forums, Flickr, YouTube, wikis, social networks, Pinterest, Twitter  and other content sharing sites. It includes: 

Guidelines for Photo Permissions

Use the Release of Photograph and/or Name Form (en Español):

For Models: Use the form when taking a posed photo of a library customer. They are acting as a model and need to sign a photo permission form. Example: a family poses with their favorite books for a READ poster

For Close-ups: Use the form when you take a close-up picture of a library customer. Example: you take a close-up photo of a child singing at storytime because of the expression on that child’s face

Release of Photograph and/or Name Form Not Required:

Library Program Policy

Harris County Public Library strives to give outstanding service to every child.  Our pledge is to make the best possible use of our resources to enrich the experience of all children whether they are accompanied by a parent or in the care of an unrelated individual when visiting our libraries.

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