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The Library’s Legal Answers for Makerspaces—eEditions e-book
Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski, and Gretchen McCord
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1390-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $30.00
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128 pages
Year Published: 2016

Note that this title is not available in a print edition.

Library makerspaces are truly transformative, inviting library users to create, innovate, and collaborate. But like any cutting-edge initiative, makerspaces also bring up a host of new and unique legal questions. In this first-of-its-kind e-book, three legal experts deliver detailed and reliable answers in plain language for library managers and staff, along with legal citations. Organized in Q & A format for quick reference, this concise resource offers sound advice on such issues as
  • key clauses to look for when evaluating insurance coverage;
  • American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance;
  • how copyright applies to 3-D printing, plus guidance for handling controversial output such as sex toys or swastikas;
  • parental release forms for minors;
  • what trademark law has to say about action figures and logos;
  • how to protect the library from secondary infringement claims; and
  • avoiding negligence lawsuits.
Untangling the knotty legal questions surrounding makerspaces, the authors’ straightforward answers will empower libraries to use makerspaces to foster a true sense of community.
Table of Contents   


Library Liability and Immunity       
  • Injuries, Makerspaces, and Liability       
  • Product Liability       
  • The Library as Provider of Makerspace Equipment       
  • Intentional Tort (Harm) by a Patron and Library Negligence       
  • Federal Statutory Protection for Instructions Obtained from Online Sources       
  • Immunity for Public Employees from Tort Liability Under State Law       
  • Summary Points       
  • Notes   
Waivers and Releases       
  • Notes   
Free Speech and Privacy       
  • Free Speech and the Law: Basics       
  • Makerspaces and Free Speech       
  • Privacy       
  • Disclosure of Personal Information      
  • Notes   
Health, Safety, and Disability Access       
  • Health and Safety       
  • Disability Access   
  • Copyright Concepts       
  • Understanding Infringement      
  • Copyright Issues in Makerspaces       
  • Notes   
  • Trademark: The Basics       
  • Identifying Trademarks and Trademark Rights      
  • Infringement and Trademark Issues in Makerspaces       
  • Notes   
  • Summary Points       
  • Notes

About the Authors

Mary Minow is counsel to the Califa Group and a library law consultant on issues of copyright, privacy, intellectual freedom, and related issues. She is a co-author of The Library's Legal Answer Book, and manages the website for the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center.

Tomas A. Lipinski has worked in a variety of  legal settings, including the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  He is dean of the School of  Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He is also the author of Librarian's Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services and co-author of The Library’s Legal Answer Book.

Gretchen McCord is a Texas attorney and librarian, focusing on intellectual property in digital  formats.  She is a former academic librarian, and has practiced law for nine years before starting her own legal advising and training consultancy. She is also the author of What You Need to Know About Privacy Law:  A Guide for Librarians  and Educators.


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