Social Media Policy

Search the Web and full-text databases for articles examining social media policies in libraries or organisations that specifically relate to your workplace context. Also locate some examples of social media policies in libraries or organisations that specifically relate to your workplace context, which you believe can assist your organisation in developing or revising a social media policy. Share five (5) of these resources (complete with a 50-75 word annotation for each).

My workplace context is a K-12 school where I am Library and Information Services Manager. I have selected articles relevant to schools and school libraries. These articles have also been shared with the Social Networking for Information Professionals Diigo group.

Conversation topics for educators in the age of social media

Lisa Nielsen promotes the effective use of social media in education and is concerned that teachers do not fully understand their potential, nor best practice. She recommends conversation as an excellent way of supporting teachers in having a go. She provides two lists of conversation starters worthy of discussion in relation to particular contexts. While not promoting them as “Do and Don’t” she has, however, divided them into Recommended, and Think twice before… The lists provide an excellent basis for the development of a social media policy for schools. (Nielsen, 2014)

How to create social media guidelines for your school

In this concise four page guide (produced by Edutopia in collaboration with Facebook) educator and author Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) provides a very practical, step-by-step guide to developing a school social media policy. The seven steps start with “Examine your school culture” and conclude with “Review periodically”. Each step includes reflection questions (for example “What are the fears around social media in school?” and “Does everyone on the team share the same goal?”) and/or links to further resources as appropriate. (Anderson, 2013)

Social media and Web 2.0: Teacher-librarians, risk and inequity

In a pilot study the author found the approach to social media access for school students and teachers differed according to sector. State schools had a “walled garden” approach while independent schools “empowered and managed”. The differences were attributable to either risk aversion or bandwidth management or both. This was found to contribute to the digital divide between “information-rich and information-poor” with state school students disadvantaged in the development of digital literacy. (Lupton, 2013).

Staff use of social media in Sydney Catholic schools

An example of an actual policy, this is clearly written, in accessible language, and there is support for the use of online communities with students for educational purposes if the explicit procedures and expectations are followed. The policy for the personal use of social media clearly outlines what is and is not acceptable and there is excellent practical advice for teachers to consider in order to maintain professional standards.

My only question is has this been reviewed? It is dated February 2011 with a review date of March 2012 but this is the only version available (from CEO Sydney website) as of January 2015.

What’s Not to ‘Like’?

Describes how social media can support learning and argues that restrictive social media policies should be re-thought. Suggests making a distinction between policies (what is specifically allowed and not allowed) and guidelines (recommendations for best practice). References specific US legislation and education standards but the proposed framework for guidelines has general relevance with learning and behaviour the focus, not technology and tools. (Harris & Cusick, 2014)


Anderson, S. (2013). How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School. Edutopia. Retrieved from

Harris, F. J., & Cusick, M. M. (2014). What’s Not to “Like”? School Library Journal, 60(3), 46. Retrieved from

Lupton, M. (2013). Social media and Web 2.0: Teacher-librarians, risk and inequity. Synergy, 11(1). Retrieved from

Nielsen, L. (2014, November 12). Conversation topics for educators in the age of social media. Retrieved from

Staff use of social media in Sydney Catholic Schools. (2011). Catholic Education Office. Retrieved from

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