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Author Minow, Mary, author.

Title The library's legal answers for meeting rooms and displays / Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski, Gretchen McCord.

Publication Info. Chicago : ALA Editions, 2016.

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Description 1 online resource (31 pages)
Contents Libraries and Categories of Public Forum -- Type of Library Matters -- Q1: Are all library meeting rooms and display areas protected by the First Amendment? -- Spaces in Public Institutions that are Off Limits to the Public -- Q2: Must all library meeting rooms and display areas in public institutions be open to all users? -- Q3: If my meeting room or display area is open to the public, is it a "public forum"? -- Nonpublic Forum: The Library's Technical Services Areas and Offices -- Q4: What types of speech are protected in the library meeting rooms and display areas that are considered "public forums"? -- Speech Content Regulations -- Q5: May the library close off public use of a space to deal with controversial issues? -- Q6: If the library does not choose to close the space, how should it treat displays or meetings that concern controversial issues? -- Q7: How should the library treat displays or meetings that concern religious issues? -- Q8: Is there a difference between meetings that have religious content and meetings that actually conduct religious services? -- Q9: Isn't there a conflict between church and state? -- Q10: How should the library treat displays or meetings that concern political issues? -- Q11: How should the library treat displays or meetings that use hate speech? -- Q12: Can you give an example of a library that allowed a hate speech group to use its facilities? -- Q13: May a library demand extra fees or deposits for security expenses if a speaker is expected to draw an angry crowd? -- Q14: I don't understand. Surely you don't mean that I must allow a group into the library that is threatening my patrons? -- Q15: So the library does not have to put up with "fighting words"? -- Q16: What if the group is inciting a riot? -- Q17: How should the library treat displays or meetings that concern sexual issues? -- Case Study: Manhasset Public Library -- Q18: May the library prohibit birthday parties, weddings, and other private events? -- Q19: Are there any situations in which the library can stop a program or a display if it is really, really upsetting to patrons and staff? -- Speech Regulations: Content-Neutral -- Q20: Our policy limits the amount of time for which a group can reserve the meeting room or display space. Is that okay? -- Meeting Rooms: Special Considerations -- Q21: I see a big difference between hate speech spewed forth live in a meeting room and hate speech quietly sitting on a giveaway rack. Does the law see a big difference, too? -- Q22: What if the meeting gets out of hand-too loud, or worse? -- Q23: What if the group has discriminatory policies? -- Library Sponsored Meetings and Displays -- Q24: A librarian creates a display. A colleague disagrees with the inclusion of a book in the display. Both people are professionals. No one is requesting that the book be removed from the library. The director is brought in. Is there law governing this? -- Leafletting and solicitation -- Q25: Does the public have the right to leaflet, picket, or solicit funds inside or outside library spaces? -- Professional Guidance -- Q26: What guidance does the American Library Association offer on these issues? -- Appendix: Cases Concerning or Relating to Libraries, Meeting Rooms, and Exhibit Spaces.
Summary Grounded in the authors' expert guidance, this e-book will give your staff the knowledge they need to keep your library out of messy legal problems.
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Subject Library legislation -- United States.
Public meetings -- United States.
Library exhibits -- United States.
Librarians -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Library exhibits.
Library legislation.
Public meetings.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Handbooks and manuals.
Added Author Lipinski, Tomas A., 1958- author.
McCord, Gretchen, author.
Other Form: Print version: Minow, Mary. Library's Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms and Displays. Chicago : American Library Association, ©2016
ISBN 9780838914410 (Kindle)
0838914411 (Kindle)
9780838914403 (electronic bk.)