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The Library’s Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms and Displays—eEditions e-book
Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski, and Gretchen McCord
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1440-3
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $25.00
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48 pages
Year Published: 2016

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

When your public library invites the community to its spaces—a meeting room, an auditorium, bulletin board, or exhibit case—you take on the responsibility to uphold First Amendment rights of free expression.  That includes the members of your frontline staff, who are busy fielding calls and responding to emails.  Grounded in the authors’ expert guidance, this e-book will give your staff the knowledge they need to keep your library out of messy legal problems.  The convenient Q& A format offers straightforward answers to common situations, addressing such topics as:
  • the legal concept of “public forum” and how it applies to meeting rooms and the outside grounds of the library;
  • the rights of religious groups to use library spaces;
  • understanding the balance between free speech rights and offensive ideas or behavior; and
  • dealing with groups with discriminatory policies.
Providing authoritative answers backed up with case citations for your trustees and attorneys, this e-book will ensure you feel confident serving your community while staying within the law.
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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