Library Board OKs Website Policy

At its Feb. 20, 2012 meeting, the Ann Arbor District Library board unanimously approved a terms-of-use policy for its website. Board members had received a presentation about the proposed policy at their Jan. 18, 2012 meeting. At that meeting, Eli Neiburger – AADL’s associate director of IT and product development – described the policy as a fairly standard attribute of corporate websites. It defines the legal relationship between the website’s users and its owner, and is put in place in case there is any problem regarding the website’s use or content.

The five-page document cover guidelines for AADL and user-generated content; how copyright complaints will be handled; the policy for website registration, accounts and passwords; issues related to points awarded by the library for its summer reading game and other activities; spamming; external site links; termination of use; disclaimers; and indemnity.

This report was filed from the fourth-floor boardroom of the AADL’s downtown building, 343 S. Fifth. A more detailed report will follow: [link]