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

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Registration Cost: $225 - Register on the Main Conference Registration Page

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, Center for Research Libraries
Throughout my work at the Yale University Library and also the Center for Research Libraries, the opportunities and challenges facing international librarianship have had a compelling interest for me.  For 25 years, I've also worked on these issues through participation in IFLA (the... Read More →

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Will Cross

Director, Open Knowledge Center & Head of Information Policy, North Carolina State University
Will Cross is the Director of the Open Knowledge Center & Head of Information Policy at N.C. State University where he guides policy, speaks, and writes on copyright literacy and open knowledge. He recently served as a Hewlett-funded Open Education Fellow and as an instructor for... Read More →
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Lisa Macklin

Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, Emory University
Lisa A. Macklin is both a librarian and a lawyer and serves as the director of Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications for Emory University Libraries. In this role, Lisa leads the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications division which includes Collection Management... Read More →

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