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IndiaLibraries WhatsApp Rules

November 14, 2016

IndiaLibraries Policy/rules on adding & retaining LIS professionals as members of its WhatsApp group. Hoping all members take it in right spirit as it was intended.

# 1st & most important rule on IndiaLibraries WhatsApp group –  *LIS related information in English language only*  – as we have members from East/West/South India & Abroad who cannot understand Hindi/Hinglish (Hindi written in English) and Regional languages of India. Exceptions Are Made For Very Important & Relevant LIS Messages In Hindi/ Regional Languages Provided Accompanied By *Mandatory One Line English Description* By The Person Posting! NOTE: WARNING – IF PERSON JUST POSTS HINDI/REGIONAL LANGUAGE INFORMATION WITHOUT ENGLISH DESCRIPTION – WILL BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY!

# * LIS RELATED INFO ONLY ENCOURAGED*. Information, photos (1 or 2 only for info – many photos eats data), images or videos on Libraries/Librarians, LIS related Activities/Events, LIS related Products & Services, Softwares, Awards/Felicitations, Conference/Seminars/Workshops, Journals/Newsletters etc – which will update LIS professionals MOST WELCOME* Mandatory to provide one line description for every video posted – to help members decide if they would like to download & see it.

# *ACCEPTABLE* Breaking News of National or International importance like earthquakes

# *MANDATORY* – Display your full name by going into Settings > Profile > Save your Full Name. Helps in addressing person while responding. Keep professional mode of addressing members and communicating. Add Sir/Madam/Ji/Garu etc.  Never use nicknames on professional groups.

 

# *Help us save your time & data by:* 
#1 *STRICTLY LIMIT Videos/images/photos to save data.*
#2 *STRICTLY NO GENERAL messages/ poetry (shayari)/images/ videos….”Good thought of day (‘Suvichar’)!*

# *BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY & PROFESSIONALLY!*

# Do not introduce new topics and break discussion with new line of inquiry. Wait till current topic discussion exhausts.

# REQUEST atleast one member to respond if any query is posted.

#  *If you are reposting information from other groups ….give credit. Its ethical.*

# *IndiaLibraries is having a STRICT POLICY – NO POSTS OR OPINIONS OR DISCUSSIONS – on CASTE, POLITICS, SEX, RELIGION – or Any SENSITIVE/CONTROVERSIAL topic – or Topic impacting National security!* Consider yourself *WARNED!* All of us have opinions on above topics – & IndiaLibraries respects that…. but submits this group is not a platform for you to air your views on above topics is *Totally unacceptable!*

Example:

*MOST ACCEPTABLE* Information on/of/by/from President Mukherjee and Prime Minister of India Modiji *NOT ACCEPTED* is information on/of/by/from Modiji of BJP!

# *IndiaLibraries and it’s members are highly patriotic* – where unity, patriotism and nationalism is encouraged & celebrated! Kindly don’t make IndiaLibraries a platform to air your views. Don’t post negative messages insulting India or Indians… post facts with proof – don’t color the fact with your biased opinions….post positive messages about India & Indians.

# *CHAIN MSG and FORWARDS STRICTLY NOT ACCEPTABLE * like below
# Don’t drink bottled/tetra-packaged drinks!
# Aids from vendor cutting any fruit!
# God of any religion blessings! This is personal not meant for public display!
# Get free recharge from Company/Govt./Political figure/Film Star! (Remember there are no free lunches! Everything has strings attached!)
# Promotional messages or advertising of any kind!
# Flash sale from any online company!
# Send this message to various groups and watch colour change or be surprised etc.

*You are educated & mature – How gullible can you be….. to believe all above & forward!*

# Don’t post or forward messages as below – as you may unwittingly be spreading spam & misinformation
# Military – Army donations (Indian military is very proud they will never request for monetary support as individual entity – President/Prime Minster have fund for donations to utilize correctly in calamities. Rest all are bogus!)
# Food donations by calling toll free/mobile!
# Toll/Mobile number for women traveling at night in taxi!
# Scholarship – monetary benefits from individuals/government/NGOs
# Medical operation/procedures, medicines free of cost!
# Blood donation requests/list of names with numbers!
# Child/person in photo got lost…share in groups to find her/him requests!
# IndiaLibraries understands the seriousness of above issues/requests…. sympathizes and empathizes…. but requests members not to use IndiaLibraries group for posting above information.

# Please check…verify information if current/latest before you post/repost:
#1. Google to get info – real or scam!
#2. Check website – call!email.
#3. Kindly call numbers mentioned in forwarded message – *check if working or current/old request* –  and authenticate before posting/forwarding it on any group (Remember: IndiaLibraries does not encourage any unrelated general posts).
#4. Provide original source/link if possible.
#5. It’s our duty as LIS professionals to authenticate and source our information.

# *You will be unsubscribed from IndiaLibraries group if you do not follow rules as per IndiaLibraries policy.*

# IndiaLibraries policy & Rules are posted to every person before joining –  and people are added to IndiaLibraries group as members only after they confirm to follow IndiaLibraries rules.

# IndiaLibraries believes that all its members are mature/learned/well-read/well informed via IndiaLibraries group and various print and electronic media so are coherent with IndiaLibraries policies/rules so it is assumed that professionals & fully responsible for what they post on IndiaLibraries group.
# IndiaLibraries members be informed that *admins cannot be held responsible for member opinions.*

# *All admins are volunteers who out of their goodwill are monitoring group. Kindly do not create problems for admins by posting controversial information*

# Be informed that as reported in newspapers legal/criminal proceedings can be initiated against those members who posts sensitive/controversial information/opinions – that generate arguments & disturb peace of group and raise hackles of public impacting national security! Such individuals will not be tolerated on IndiaLibraries group.

# QUALITY is more important than QUANTITY to IndiaLibraries.

# Request members to be proactive/reactive – to retain membership of IndiaLibraries WhatsApp group.

# SILENT MEMBERS will be unsubscribed as per admin discretion – to make space for active/proactive members –  who share information for development of profession & professionals. Since it’s obvious that one joins a group to connect, network & share rather than being a mute spectator.

# To be added back on IndiaLibraries group – WhatsApp/email us your request to re-join. Admins will add you back once you reconfirm following IndiaLibraries rules & provided space is available.

# Email to be added as IndiaLibraries Volunteer or IndiaLibraries Ambassador

# Email critical comments and feedback to improve.

Warm Regards IndiaLibraries

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Please do not copy and post IndiaLibraries rules as rules as your WhatsApp Group. Kindly be ethical. Email IndiaLibraries@gmail.com requesting and take written permission before you can use/reuse these rules.

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