Online Forum Policy

The mission of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority is to promote knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. The Library provides free access to informational, educational, and recreational materials and services. In response to community needs, the library provides diverse resources on a wide variety of subjects and viewpoints and helps people use these resources. Portions of the Library’s website are intended as a limited forum for the public to share reviews, reading recommendations, comments, and book discussions.

The Library may include in its website online forum products from vendors that are hosted by the vendor. Usage of those products may be subject to the terms of use as defined by the vendor.

General Disclaimer

The Library provides external links solely for our readers’ information and convenience. When readers select a link to an external website, they are leaving the Library’s website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external website.

The Library

Does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.

Does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites or the views they express or the products/services they offer.

Cannot and does not authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked website. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. The Library is not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.

The Santa Clara County Library District reserves the right to reproduce comments, photos, posts, and messages in other public venues. Identifying information, other than first name, will be removed unless prior approval is granted by user.

Policy for online Public Comments

The Library's online forums are intended to create welcoming and inviting online spaces where library users can interact with library staff and other library users while finding useful and entertaining information related to the library's activities and resources. The Library 's online discussions and reviews are moderated, which means all comments will be reviewed before posting to assure that they are on topic. the topics of discussion will be set by the moderator, primarily relating to library news, book reviews and discussions, and reading recommendations. Online postings should be within the scope of these subjects. Accordingly, any postings inconsistent with this stated purpose may be removed. The Library must post all on-topic comments provided they do not incite illegal activity. We expect that participants will treat each other, as well as the Library and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that are clearly “off topic”, as established by the Library in its role as moderator. Participants are fully responsible for everything that they submit in their comments, and all posted comments are in the public domain. We do not discriminate against any views, but we reserve the right not to post comments that are clearly “off topic”.

Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other nongovernmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using the Library’s online discussions and reviews. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the Library, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying the Library’s endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

The Santa Clara County Library District assumes no liability regarding any event or interaction that takes place by any participant in any library sponsored social networking service and does not endorse content outside that which is created by the library.

Public comments should be limited to sharing book reviews, reading recommendations, and other library topics. 

The Library's online forum is not open to promoting or opposing any person campaigning for election to a political office of promoting or opposing any ballot proposition. Comments are not the proper place to express unrelated opinions or beliefs to the topic.

The Library's online forum is not open to the promotion or advertisement of a business or commercial transaction.

The Library is unable to post comments from children under the age of 13 due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Only comments that comply with this use policy will be approved for posting.

This use policy is subject to amendment or modification at any time to ensure its continued use is consistent with its intended purpose as a limited forum.
Santa Clara County Library District Policy #8.6
updated 9/11/2012