January 16, 2005
A Quick Look at LibraryLaw.com and LibraryLaw Blog
In my opinion, Mary Minow's LibraryLaw.com is the best online source for legal issues of interest to librarians. Coverage includes but not limited to the following:
- Copyright and Licensing
- Disability Law
- Employment Issues
- Governance/Library Laws/Trustees
- GPO Depository Program
- First Amendment Issues
- Web Pages, Digitization Projects by Libraries and Legal Issues
Mary Minow is an attorney, a former librarian and library trustee, and a library law consultant with librarylaw.com. She has taught library law at the San Jose State School of Library Science. Mary is the coauthor with Tomas Lipinski of the highly regarded The Library's Legal Answer Book (ALA: 2003) and the author of several articles published by LLRX. Her articles on the Children's Internet Protection Act and the USA Patriot Act are must reads.
The LibraryLaw.com website is updated and expanded by Mary's LibraryLaw Blog, my first source for all new matters library law related.
The LibraryLaw Blog does a great job covering Congress. See for instance, The 108th Congress Draws to an End: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Mary Alice Baish's remarks at a CALL meeting in November, 2004) and No Action Yet On Legislation to Exempt Libraries from USA Patriot Act Section 215 Orders: It's Time to Contact Your Congress Persons.
The same is true for the blog's coverage of litigation. See for instance, May a public library summarily take away Internet access from a patron who is looking at pictures of nude women? Even with Lexis, Westlaw and Findlaw readily available to me, I really appreciate it when the blog's litigation coverage includes the text of court opinions.
The LibraryLaw Blog has been online for "ages" (in blogosphere time) and has a very active community of readers. If you have never visited Librarylaw.com or LibraryLaw Blog, please do. Your time won't be wasted.
PS: Thanks for the kind remarks.
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