Professional Liability Issues for Librarians and Information Professionals:

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In this clearly written and easy-to-understand guide, Healey explains the threat of potential liabilities, and most importantly, recommends how to avoid them. This vital guide clarifies how liability issues differ not only between institutions – public libraries, academic libraries, museums - but also between varying information related jobs like reference librarianship and cataloguing. The book’s introduction covers basic issues– enforcement mechanisms, defenses to claims and more – and follows with specific theories –negligence, malpractice, defamation and material torts, and more.

Also covered are potential sources of claims, and suggestions for actions to take should you be faced with one. Audits, checklists, and sample policies are included for those wishing to further enhance their knowledge concerning a top legal issue among today’s information professionals.

Paul D. Healey

Paul D. Healey is both an attorney and a librarian and is currently senior instructional services librarian and associate professor of library administration at the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Law Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Professional Liability Issues for Librarians and Information Professionals, as well as a number of scholarly and professional articles on a variety of librarianship-related topics, most notably librarian liability and librarian ethics. He was the editorial director of AALL Spectrum, the official monthly magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries, from 2001 to 2007, and worked closely with authors on content for the magazine. He has an extensive background in professional speaking and has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars across the United States and Canada.