Terms of Use

BCALA.org is a site for the public and for members of BCALA and its affiliates.  Information about library-related topics and news of the association, including opportunities for engagement via awards and scholarship applications and committee volunteer forms are shared on the site. The site’s user guidelines were developed to encourage lively commentary, opinion, and reactions to posts. However, responses must meet the standards outlined here.

By using and/or visiting the website, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.  Please read carefully.  IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE TERMS OF USE, PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS THE SITE.

Security

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the BCALA uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

This website contains links to other sites. The Black Caucus of the Library Association is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, which may differ from the practices described in this policy. We encourage you to become familiar with the privacy practices of other sites you visit, including those linked from our site.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030. Information also may be used for authorized law enforcement investigations. Except for the above purposes, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

BCALA Honors Freedom of Expression

Comments must be relevant to the specific post to which they refer. BCALA reserves the right to remove (or not to release for posting) comments unrelated to the mission of the site. Spam, flaming, personal attacks, and off-topic comments are not permitted.

BCALA Complies with Copyright Law

Posters are liable for their content. BCALA staff or member editors and site visitors commenting or contributing content must have copyright rights to contributed content. Aside from attributed quotations or other brief content snippets, which comply with fair use, permission must be obtained before posting any material for which BCALA or you do not already own the rights. Posting copyrighted content without the owner’s permission is grounds for having content removed and your access revoked.

BCALA Enforces Appropriate Dialogue

When posting, keep your comments relevant to the original article or post.

  • Don’t leave comments that could be construed as obscenities or hate speech.
  • Be very clear when using irony, sarcasm or humor. Without nonverbal cues and tone of voice, your comment may be misconstrued.
  • Use bold or italics for emphasis; don’t type in all caps.
  • Don’t post advertisements or attempt to sell products or services.
  • Don’t post political endorsements.

Political Speech Restriction Applies to BCALA & All Non-Profit Organizations

Political speech that endorses or otherwise promotes one local, state or federal candidate over another is not allowed on BCALA.org due to IRS restrictions for tax-exempt organizations. Any such posting jeopardizes BCALA’s non-profit status and will be removed.

Repercussions

Violations of the user guidelines above are grounds for having access to posting on the site revoked.

How to Report Inappropriate Content

Report problems to [email protected].  Please include the URL of the page and a description of the problem. We will usually act within two business days.

Last Updated:  April 7, 2018