Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the New Information Era

Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Legal Issues and Ethical Challenges in the New Information Era


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How can libraries, museums, and archives update their policies to balance legal requirements with the needs of their users? Although such issues have always permeated the information environment, traditional responses are no longer enough. This in-depth treatment provides concrete background and guidelines for every library, museum, or archive, no matter what the size or mission. Issues related to the components of the collection, gifts, and donations (real property and tax implications), rights to privacy, users' rights of access, copyright and information control, and responsibility for safety in public spaces are covered in depth. A complete chapter is devoted to a discussion of the proper structure and elements of library, museum, or archives policy content-a superb blueprint for effective policy drafting at all levels of the institutional lifecycle. Finally, a resource list of ethical and legal materials in print and on the Web points the way to a wealth of highly specific and useful information. Timely and essential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810840850
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/22/2001
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.93(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Tomas A. Lipinski is Co-Director and Assistant Professor at the Center for Information Policy Research School of Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 PART 1: WORKING WITH THE COLLECTION Chapter 5 1 Deeds of Gift: Carressing the Hand that Feeds Chapter 6 2 The Appraiser and the Appraisal: What Makes a Book Valuable? Chapter 7 3 Tort Theory in Library, Museum, and Archival Collections, Materials, Exhibits, and Displays: Rights of Privacy and Publicity in Personal Information and Persona Chapter 8 4 Censorship and Controversial Materials in Museums, Libraries, and Archives Part 9 PART 2: SPECIAL ISSUES IN MUSEUM COLLECTION MANAGEMENT Chapter 10 5 Legal and Ethical Foundations of Museum Collecting Policies Chapter 11 6 Collections Managment: Hypothetical Cases, Acquisitions, Deaccessions, and Loans Part 12 PART 3: WORKING WITH PATRONS Chapter 13 7 Legal Issues Involved in the Privacy Rights of Patrons in "Public" Libraries and Archives Chapter 14 8 Welcome to...The Legal Responsibility to Offer Accessible Electronic Information to Patrons with Disabilities Chapter 15 9 Seven Levels of Safety: Protecting People in Public Buildings Part 16 PART 4: ETHICAL CHALLENGES Chapter 17 10 The Fight of the Century? Information Ethics versus E-Commerce Chapter 18 11 Information Ethics: Its Demarcation and Application Chapter 19 12 Organizing Ethics in Archives, Museums, and Libraries: Challenges and Strategies for Meeting Ethical Responsibilites Part 20 PART 5: COPYRIGHT AND OTHER OWNERSHIP ISSUES Chapter 21 13 Copyright for Libraries, Museums, and Archives: The Basics and Beyond Chapter 22 14 Copyright Protection and Technological Reform of Library Services: Digital Change, Practical Applications, and Congressional Action Chapter 23 15 Legal-Technological Regulation of Information Access Part 24 PART 6: IMPLEMENTATION OF LEGAL AND ETHICAL CONCEPTS Chapter 25 16 Getting Started: Legal and Ethical Resources Chapter 26 17 Designing, Drafting, and Implementing New Policies Chapter 27 18 Agents of Change: Planning, Communication, and Implementation Strategies Chapter 28 Index

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Balancing legal requirements with users' needs is the focus of this volume that covers a UW-Milwaukee sponsored conference entitled the 'Institute for Legal and Ethical Issues in the New Information Era: Challenges for Libraries, Museums, and Archives.'...While many of the chapter authors are lawyers with legal experience in the area on which they write, Libraries, Museums, and Archives is accessible and essential reading for professionals dealing with the issues. JOURNAL OF INTERLIBRARY LOAN, DOCUMENT DELIVERY & ELECTRONIC RESERVE

Jean Preer

Taken together, the chapters provide an excellent historical context to the legal and ethical issues discussed.

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