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Social Media: Policies

Social Media Committee

Purpose of Committee: The Sam Houston State University Newton Gresham Library uses social media as one method to promote the Library and its collections & services for SHSU students, staff, and faculty. 

Contact via email:  ngl_socialmedia

We welcome social media post ideas on current events and topics, SHSU and local events, literary celebrations and any other topics relevant to the Library.


The Social Media Committee administrators will monitor the comments and have the right to remove any comments by users

Comments may be deleted if they are:

  • Threatening, attacking, harassing, or embarrassing others
  • Promoting hate of any kind
  • Using profanity and offensive language
  • Not appropriate for all ages
  • Off-Topic
  • Blatantly spam
  • Infringing on copyright law or university policy
  • Advertising a specific commercial service
  • Knowingly misleading other members
  • Reported as abuse 

Committee Membership


Stacy Johnson- Chair/Facebook admin

Open position - Twitter/Instagram admin

Susan Strickland

Kat Landry Mueller

Erin Owens

Sarah Sellers

The Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 

Committee Governance

Each committee member will serve a term of two (2) years.

A Chair-elect will be chosen during the 12th month of the Chair.

Channel administrators are volunteers, or are assigned based on the preference of the chair.  Chair and chair-elect will be channel administrators. 

New members are assigned by the library executive director, and you may be asked to extend your term if needed. 


SHSU Library is active on three (3) social media platforms:  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Each committee member is assigned three (3) days per month to draft posts for all three (3) social media platforms.

A minimum of two (2) different topics should be highlighted per day so that there is a variety of content from all library social media accounts.  

Within each of your assigned six (6) posts per month: 

  • Promote Library Collections - 2 posts advertising new or existing library resources (books, databases, areas of the library)
  • Interactive Discussions - 1 post per week that asks a question & encourages feedback
  • Advertise Library Events/ Displays or University Events - 1 post should advertise library events/displays or University events. 
    Always include the social media handle of any sponsoring college or departments with these posts (ex. @SHSUCJ is College of Criminal Justice). 

MONTHLY GOALS - Additional guidelines for posts for specific committee members

Get to know SHSU Library - posts per month on subject librarian/databases/research guides

#PundayMonday - 2 posts per month featuring library/literary memes, comics, or puns (2nd & 4th week of month)

NGL Tip of the Week - 2-3 posts per month on NGL services and departments (1st, 3rd, and 5th week)

#ThrowbackThursday - 2 posts per month from University Archives on SHSU and/or NGL past. (Deanna)

Please compose posts that encourage diversity, cover current events, and are tied to #SHSULibrary resources and/or mission.


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