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Libraries are in the thick of legal issues as new technologies add layers of complexity to everyday work in the library. How do you know what's legal? What can you do to identify and address issues before they turn into bona fide legal matters? Where do you turn for help?

With coverage of all the issues of the day—filters, fair use, copyright, Web publishing and Internet use, software sharing, ADA compliance, free speech, privacy, access, and employment and liability issues—you will have a "librarian's J.D." in short order! Detailed and ready-to-apply answers to more than 600 legal questions will make this trouble-shooting guide your favorite quick-reference.

Notes on Immunities for Public Entities and Public Employees

Chapter 1: Libraries and Copyright
Chapter 2: Designing the Library Web Page
Chapter 3: Filters and Other Restrictions on Internet Access
Chapter 4: Digital Library Resources and Patrons with Disabilities
Chapter 5: Library Records and Privacy
Chapter 6: Meeting Rooms and Displays: The Public Soapbox inside the Library
Chapter 7: Professional Liability: Reference, Collection, Book Reviews, Latchkey Children
Chapter 8: Issues in Library Employment
Chapter 9: Friends, the Internet, and Lobbying


Mary Minow

Mary Minow is a consultant with She has worked as an attorney, as a public library branch manager, and as an online database ocnsultant. She has taught as an adjunct professor of library law at San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science. In addition, she has served as a library commissioner for the Cupertino (Calif.) Public Library, and is currently the president of the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners. Minow received an A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a J.D. from Stanford University.

Tomas A. Lipinski

Tomas A. Lipinski has worked in a variety of legal settings, including the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He taught at the American Institute for Paralegal Studies and at Syracuse University College of Law. In summers he is a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. From 1999 to 2003, during summers, he taught at the Department of Information Science, School of Information Technology, at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Professor Lipinski was the first named member of the Global Law Faculty, Faculty of Law, University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Belgium, in fall 2006, where he continues to lecture annually at its Centre for Intellectual Property Rights and Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT. Prior to becoming Executive Associate Dean at Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, in 2011, he was Director of the MLIS program at the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Beginning in January 2013, he will be Director of the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University in Ohio. Author of The Complete Copyright Liability Handbook for Librarians and Educators, he researches, teaches, publishes, and speaks widely on issues relating to information and Internet law and policy, especially copyright in schools, libraries, and other information settings. He holds a law degree from Marquette University, a master of laws degree from the John Marshall Law School, and a doctorate in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

"...easy to use reference book moves smoothly from topic to topic, offering detailed, current solutions to more than 600 quandaries."

"How I regret that this book is necessary, but in our litigious society, it may be a lifesaver."

"...satisfying a demand for intelligent discussion of the legal aspects of librarianship... it is highly recommended to librarians interested in advancing the discussion"
—Public Libraries

"This is a really good book. Minow and Lipinski took on the near impossible task of outlining the law for librarians in fewer than four hundred pages and succeeded admirably... The bottom line: The Library's Legal Answer Book is a valuable addition to every library collection. Buy it now."
—Reference & User Services Quarterly

"...comprehensive coverage of a large number of legal issues...provide a useful introduction to the myriad of possible legal issues that may arise for libraries, museums and archives. They are recommended for the library science collections of public and university libraries."
—Catholic Library World