When school boards deny students the ability to read and engage with literature that depicts the range of human experience on the vague grounds of “controversy,” they diminish their students’ educational experience and disparage the constitutional values of free thought.
A growing number of public libraries are reporting that individuals are visiting their buildings to film and photograph library staff and library users, on the grounds that libraries are “public spaces.” Here’s what the law says.
Libraries want to provide high quality, affordable, safe learning platforms, but that can be challenging. With lots of choices and often confusing terms of service agreements, libraries are asking themselves, “What should we buy?”
The First Amendment and Library Services, brought to you by Theresa Chmara, ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, will introduce you to the legal principles behind the First Amendment, their practical implications in daily life, and how those principles affect library work.
By: guest contributor Wanda Huffaker. Utah librarians and their allies successfully campaigned to overturn a decision by the Utah Education Network (UEN) to block access to EBSCO K12 databases for more than 650,000 elementary and high school students in Utah.
It is axiomatic that anyone can sue, over any issue. To file a lawsuit is as simple as drafting a document that purports to allege facts that support a claim for legal relief, paying a fee, and filing the document with a court.
New York City’s three library systems and the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) are hard at work on a new initiative to bring resources covering digital privacy and data security to the City’s frontline public library staff.
Beginning on May 1, we’ll post a link here daily pointing to a new post on the Choose Privacy Week blog that we hope will inspire you to think about and discuss these issues and to take action to preserve individuals’ privacy rights.
In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony last week and the related explosion of public interest in how online personal data is collected, stored, shared, used and sometimes misused, this year’s Choose Privacy Week theme—“Big Data is Watching You”—could not be more perfectly timed.
Join Erin Berman and Julie Oborny of the San José Public Library for a free webinar that outlines the first steps libraries can take to implement up-to-date privacy policies and procedures.