Recently, I’ve attended two helpful webinars on hot legal topics in libraries. Thursday’s session by LibraryLaw’s Mary Minow focused on:
- The hurried extension of the USA PATRIOT Act;
- Recent court decisions about public meeting space in libraries (no, you cannot bar religious groups), and
- Legal precedent set by book challenges including a Florida ruling that sidestepped Island Trees v. Pico and established a slippery slope around books containing representational “inaccuracies.” The Supreme Court let the 11th Circuit’s 6-3 decision stand when it declined to hear the case last November. (The book removed was Vamos a Cuba).
The other useful session, held in February, covered “Library Laws for the Mobile Web Environment.”