NJLA Intellectual Freedom MiniConference Presentations

NJLA Intellectual Freedom MiniConference

Monmouth County Library, Headquarters, Manalapan

September 19, 2013

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, works with the library community on issues including book challenges, Internet filtering, meeting room policies, and the impact of new technologies and laws.

What’s Hot in Intellectual Freedom examines a rise in book challenges and the need for reporting, community challenges such as the Affordable Care Act, Internet filtering, NSA and the PATRIOT Act, self-service holds, and library data held by third parties.

Library Meeting Rooms:  Crafting Policies that Keep You in Charge and Out of Court covers the legal underpinnings and importance of libraries having meeting room policies, fundamentals and best practices to consider in developing those policies, and tips on responding to challenges.

Eileen Palmer, executive director of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium, manages shared automation and technology services to libraries in three New Jersey counties, is the current president of the New Jersey Library Association, and serves on the NJLA Public Policy and Intellectual Freedom committees.

Maintaining Confidentiality – It’s Everyone’s Business defines privacy and confidentiality, discusses expectations for privacy, details what should be included in a patron disclosure policy, and discusses the New Jersey library confidentiality law and libraries’ responsibilities under it. There are sample policies and practical tips on considering what information is collected, how to safeguard it, retention, and how to deal with third party vendors regarding confidential data.

Jessamyn West is an author, community librarian, and technology instructor who helps small libraries with their technology. She is a moderator for the group blog www.metafilter.com  and founded the librarian advocacy site www.librarian.net  Her book Without a Net:  Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide was published in 2011 by Libraries Unlimited.

Copyright and Fair Use:  Recent Legal Shifts and Trends is a presentation for libraries on the boundaries of fair use and recent court cases that suggests an encouraging trend toward liberalization of the concept and attempts on the parts of information providers to push those boundaries further, freeing them from strictures that hamper the freedom of information.