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Wednesday, November 2 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Legal Issues in Libraries

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Librarians are faced with legal issues every day but, without knowing what to look for, it can be easy to miss or misunderstand them.  Conventional wisdom that offers easy answers can be tempting but may provide a false sense of security.  Even worse, by trying to follow rules we don’t really understand, we may unnecessarily impede the library’s ability to do good work.  Through a series of discussions and group activities, this day-long session will prepare librarians to make informed, thoughtful decisions in key legal areas that are becoming ever more crucial in institutional settings, including:

  1. Information Ownership and Mission.  Who owns instruction-centered materials (syllabi, online courses, student notes, etc.)?  What is the statutory baseline behind licenses?  How do institutional policies come into play?  What about intellectual property beyond (c) – patent, trademark, and tech transfer?  How should we think about what we have vs. what we own – repositories, research data, and meeting funder mandates?

  2. Security, Equal Treatment, and Liability in Libraries.   What are emerging legal standards for safety and freedom from harassment?  What is our employment liability?

  3. Privacy and Disclosure:  How can we come to a better understanding of FERPA, HIPAA, and other regulations?  What’s happening in the areas of confidentiality and data security?  What can libraries do to protect user privacy for library materials? How can libraries help users understand privacy rights and risks?

  4. Accessibility, Lawsuits, and VPATs.  Given ADA, OSHA, and disability requirements, how can we make physical spaces accessible?  How should we think about accessibility for websites and other online services?

  5. Horizon Issues and Uncharted Waters. What is on the horizon with makerspaces, data visualization, digital humanities, and other innovations?  How do you navigate and keep up with new guidelines, best practices, documents, and cases?  What are effective strategies for risk management?

The session will conclude with a summary of issues that will need further follow-up with professionals, and discussion of how that follow-up may be better achieved. 

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Ann Okerson

Senior Advisor to CRL, Center for Research Libraries
Ann Okerson joined the Center for Research Libraries in fall 2011 as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, working with that organization to reconfigure and redirect various existing programs into digital mode. Previous experience includes 15 years as Associate University Librarian for Collections & International Programs at Yale University; prior to that she worked in the commercial sector, and also for 5 years as Senior Program Officer for... Read More →

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William Cross

Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship, North Carolina State University
William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides advice and instruction to campus stakeholders on copyright, licensing, and scholarly communication issues. As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will earned an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science. Before joining the Copyright and Digital... Read More →
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Lisa Macklin

Director, Scholarly Communications Office, Emory University
Lisa A. Macklin is the director of the Scholarly Communications Office for Emory University Libraries. As both a librarian and a lawyer, Lisa focuses on copyright, licensing, and scholarly communication issues, working with faculty and students on the application of copyright law to teaching, research, and scholarship. Her interests include transformations in scholarship and publishing, including new models of scholarship in digital form and... Read More →

Wednesday November 2, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401