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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Censorship: Be Prepared for Challenges

 News / Last Modified: 26 May 2016

Although it might seem like a problem of the past, challenging books continues to be an issue libraries and schools experience regularly. In fact, every year the American Library Association (ALA) releases the top ten list of most frequently challeng...

Book Censorship in Schools: A Toolkit

 Document / Last Modified: 06 May 2016

A collection of materials on the topic of censorship in schools for the use of students, educators, and parents everywhere.

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...

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...