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Privacy Laws, Libraries, and Librarians

This post provides a short list of resources for public libraries to consider when dealing with privacy policies and cases.

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Library Records, Patron Privacy, and Library Policies

The confidentiality of patron records is a long-standing issue, particularly since the Patriot Act spurred concerns about patrons’ reading histories, who has access to these records, and under what circumstances the records might be disclosed to authorities. These questions are still being explored, as very few cases on the exact issue of library patron records and privacy have been brought before the courts.

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The Library and Michigan Senate Bill 571

In Michigan, if a reference librarian performs their duty of providing a patron with information, it could now be viewed as a criminal act.

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More Access to the Law, But at What Cost?

Harvard Law School has had about two months to work on its newest project, Free the Law. When I read about it in The New York Times, I was of two minds. The book lover in me shed imaginary tears as I read that the spines of nearly all the tomes in the collection were being sliced off to digitize the pages. Yet the former electronic content manager in me cheered at the access that this will grant myriad customers.

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Can I Bring My Gun to the Library?

Keeping up with the changing landscape of gun control in all fifty states.