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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’)!*


# 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!*


*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.

# 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

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


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