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The Library's Legal Answer Book

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The Library's Legal Answer Book

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The Library's Legal Answer Book by Mary Minow and Tomas A. Lipinski ISBN: 0-8389-0828-4 Published: 2003 Pages: 350 pp.; softcover Price: $48.00

Available from: ALA Editions, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; 866/746-7252; www.alastore.ala.org

How I regret that this book is necessary, but in our litigious society, it may be a lifesaver. Although the book is written by lawyers (both also with library science degrees), and they occasionally lapse into legalese, the book is fairly readable and certainly thoroughly documented. Every point they make is footnoted and referenced.

The book is written in the style of FAQs. Each chapter begins with a lengthy list of questions that a librarian may ask, and then each question is answered in order within the chapter. The nine chapters cover copyright, Web page design and linking, Internet access and filters, ADA compliance, privacy, public displays, professional liability, employment, and friends of the library and lobbying issues, all with a direct focus on libraries. …

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