Policy adopted the by Board of Trustees September 14, 2015
Photos and videos taken by library staff
The Bethlehem Public Library reserves the right to use photographs or video taken at the library for news purposes in printed materials and online.
- All library patrons consent to the use of their photo taken at the library or during library events, unless they specifically inform staff of an objection to such use.
- Staffers taking photos or videos will be clearly identifiable as library employees by a visible nametag.
- Staffers will make every attempt to inform visitors before a program takes place that photographs may be taken. This could be an announcement at the beginning of the event or as part of the registration process for sign-up only programs.
- As a courtesy, staffers will attempt to secure the verbal consent of a photo subject’s caregiver if that subject is a minor.
- No names will be utilized in conjunction with photos without express written consent.
- Signs informing the public of this policy will be visibly posted throughout the library.
Photos and videos taken by the news media
News media may publish names, likenesses, and images taken during library events as long as they are part of a “newsworthy context.” Images may not be used for commercial purposes.
- Members of the media are expected to display identification that clearly indicates which news organization they are affiliated with.
- Photographers and videographers are asked to check in with the library’s public information specialist or program coordinator.