RESOLUTION ON 2009 REAUTHORIZATION OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT

  • WHEREAS, the New Jersey Library Association is committed to encouraging free and open inquiry by preserving the privacy rights of library users, library employees, and persons in the United States; and
  • WHEREAS, the New Jersey Library Association opposes governmental actions that suppress or chill free and open inquiry and has called for the USA PATRIOT Act to be amended to restore fundamental constitutional rights and safeguards that protect civil liberties; and

Sustaining Equitable Public Library Service

For over 100 years, the people of New Jersey have recognized and supported public library service as a common social good. Through the passage of referenda, which guarantee that a small percentage of a community's budget is utilized for the support of library services, public library service is now accessible to nearly all residents of the state.

NJLA Statement on Privacy

The New Jersey Library Association confirms the right of each individual, regardless of age, to open inquiry and to read, view, listen and use resources without fear of scrutiny by others.

Adopted by the NJLA Executive Board Dec. 19, 2006

Suggested Procedures for Implementing "Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records"

When drafting local policies, libraries should consult with their legal counsel to ensure these policies are based upon and consistent with applicable federal, state*, and local law concerning the confidentiality of library records, the disclosure of public records, and the protection of individual privacy. Suggested procedures include the following:

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