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Tuesday, November 3 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Charleston Seminar: Legal Issues in Libraries

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Beyond Bright Lines:  (or, Things librarians didn't know they need to know about the law, but they really do!)


Registration Cost: $225

Presented in conjunction with UNC Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science. 

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?  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 about confidentiality and data security?

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

5.  Horizon Issues and Uncharted Waters, such as makerspaces, data visualization, digital humanities, and others.  How to navigate and keep up with new guidelines, best practices, documents, 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 might 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
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Kevin Smith

Director of Scholarly Communications, Duke University
As Duke University’s first Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing.  He is a librarian and an attorney... Read More →

Tuesday November 3, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm EST