Library Patron Access and the Law
Instructor: Mary Minow
Dates: November 4th through 29th, 2019
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Library Patron Access and the Law is a practical course to help identify areas in which librarians can proactively take steps to ensure compliance with legal requirements. Libraries that are open to the public and libraries open only to a more specialized community must both ensure that their patrons have access to information while balancing safety and other needs of the library’s community.
Join Mary Minow in this 4-week course as she takes you through two topics of particular interest: (1) Patron behavior policies and (2) Access to information by patrons with disabilities. You will address an issue or problem in each area, and work through legal frameworks to see how to minimize risk and maximize access.
By the end of the course, you will know how to identify problems in patron behavior policies and learn how to ensure that your library offers due process to aggrieved patrons. You will know the basic legal requirements for access by patrons with disabilities, at the federal level, and how to check your local laws for any additional requirements. You will be given the opportunity to discuss these topics as they apply to your library, and be given resources to continue your learning.
Mary Minow is a library law consultant, who has consulted on behavior policies, disability access (legal issues), and related issues. She has an A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Stanford University. She is currently working with Tomas Lipinski on the second edition of the Library’s Legal Answer Book (ALA: 2003). Your input may help inform this updated book.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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