Legal Responsibilities & Ethics


Core to the library mission, legal responsibilities and ethics encompass many of the core rights of the individuals who use our libraries. Ensuring intellectual freedom, copyright and intellectual property rights, privacy and access to Americans with disabilities, are all important to our work. Find resources covering all aspects of library ethics and legal responsibilities.

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Stories of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions

 News / Last Modified: 23 September 2015

Although it's been 25 years since the passage of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), there is still much to learn to ensure that your programs and services are fully accessible and inclusive. Don't miss this unique opportunity to attend a thre...

Internet in Prison: Pros and Cons Webinar

 Webinar / Last Modified: 26 August 2014

Internet in Prison: Pros and Cons Find a link to the archived webinar and additional resources. Originally presented Wednesday, January 7, 2008, by Melissa Gilbert of Washington State Library at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.

Finding a Legal Comfort Zone on the Web

 Webinar / Last Modified: 08 July 2014

Archive and associated resources for the July 27, 2011, webinar with Eli Neiburger and Barbara Jones on how libraries can navigate through issues of intellectual freedom and privacy issues in emerging technologies.

Open and Shut: Privacy and Data Literacy for Library Staff

 News / Last Modified: 30 April 2014

Since the early twentieth century, public libraries across the United States have defended the privacy rights of its patrons.

Yet, as networked digital tools become more sophisticated at collecting, storing, and sharing information about us, p...

You're Not a Real Fan: What Libraries Can Offer Fandom

 News / Last Modified: 10 April 2014

Fandom, enthusiasts surrounding a particular work or interest, is becoming increasingly popular. Members of fandom, as well as those researching this phenomenon, agree that it has a positive impact on individuals including improved social and technic...