Social-Networking Practices

Cornell University Library defines social networking as the use of any non-Cornell hosted website such as Facebook, where the Library has created an institutional presence and users and library staff can share information. Comments, posts, and messages from anyone inside or outside of the Cornell community are welcome. 

The use of Cornell University Library sites is governed by library polices on the Responsible Use of Electronic Communications. The Library screens formally affiliated social-networking sites for inappropriate content and reserves the right to remove material from sites under its control. 

When posting messages, the Library asks that people abide by the following guidelines:

  • Under no circumstances should a post be threatening, harassing, bullying, pornographic, sexist, racist, homophobic, or libelous.
  • Practice respectful conversation: No obscenities, personal attacks, name-calling, accusations, defamation, or hate speech.
  • Refrain from posting comments, images, or links not directly related to the content of the forum.
  • Do not post:
    • Intentionally misleading or inaccurate information.
    • Contact information or identifying details, such as phone numbers or e-mail addresses.
    • Information related to advertising, promotion, job recruiting, campaigning, lobbying, spam, soliciting, or proselytizing.
  • Do not post anything while posing as someone else.
  • Do not infringe on the copyright of others.

Opinions, comments, images, or any other information expressed on the Library’s social-networking outlets do not necessarily represent those of Cornell University Library.