Library Law Resources
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- 2020 Legislative Update
- 2019 Legislative Update – Library legislation
- 2018 Legislative Update
- 2018 Legislative Update – HEA 1412 Libraries
- 2017 Legislative Update
- 2016 Legislative Update - Library Card Changes
- 2015 Legislative Update - Update on contracting with vendors who have investments in Iran
- 2015 Legislative Update
- 2014 Legislative Update
- 2012 Legislative Update
- 2011 Legislative Update
- 2011 Legislation - SEA 292 Firearms - Analysis & Guidance
- 2011 Legislation - SEA 590 Unauthorized Aliens - Analysis & Guidance
Archived Legal Bulletins
- 2021 Employment Considerations & COVID-19 Vaccines
- 2019 Department of Labor Overtime Rule Changes
- 2018 Library Cards
- 2018 Library Trustees
- 2018 Tax Refund Intercept
- 2017 Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
- 2017 Sex Offenders
- 2016 ADA Service Animals
- 2016 Fair Labor Standards Act
- 2015 Library Merger
- 2015 Disposal of Surplus Property
- 2014 Executive Sessions
- 2014 Copyright-Section 108
- 2013 Hatch Act Update
- 2013 Background/Criminal History Reports
- 2013 Family Medical Leave Act-2013 Updates
- 2012 Library District Boundaries and Board Appointments
- 2011 Board Bylaws
- 2011 Public Access Laws
- 2010 ADA
Archived Blogs Articles
- COVID-19 and Library Reopening
- 2020 Indiana Child Labor Law Changes
- 2019 Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Rule Changes
- 2019 Whistleblowing
- Indiana Library Laws Webinar - Power Point Slides
- Indiana Public Access Laws Webinar - Power Point Slides
- Library Expansion Archived Webinar - Power Point Slides
- Technology Accessibility Archived Webinar - Power Point Slides
- 2011 ILF Legal Review - Power Point Slides
2013 Summer Webinar Series
June 26th 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. “Social Media, Library Meeting Rooms, and the First Amendment” by John Giacomantonio
This webinar explores the 1st Amendment and the constitutional principles involved in the regulation of speech by government entities. The speaker will also explore how the 1st Amendment impacts library policies and procedures related to the library’s social media accounts (when patrons are allowed to contribute content), library meeting rooms, bulletin boards, and display areas.
June 26th 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” by Angela Moore
This webinar explores the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as it applies to employers. Library directors, board members, and human resources personnel will be provided guidance on the employer requirements.
Recorded Presentation Note: In July 2013, the White House indicated that the employer shared responsibility payments and reporting requirements would not go into effect until 2015. Please be aware that, over time, other information given in this presentation may be superseded as the government issues new regulations and guidance.
July 9th 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. “Legal Issues in E-Content” by Angela Moore
This webinar will be a general survey of some of the legal issues related to libraries and e-content. The speaker will explore accessibility of e-content, how licensing terms can affect how the library and its patrons can use e-content, and more.
July 9th 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. “ADA Accessibility as it applies to Government Programs and Services” by John Giacomantonio
This webinar will explore the ADA requirements related to accessibility of library programs and services. There will also be a review of some of the basic ADA requirements, including the requirement to have an ADA coordinator; required notices; the need for certain policies; employee training and more.
July 17th 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. “Library Behavior Policies” by Angela Moore
This webinar will explore both constitutional requirements and state specific issues involved in creating and enforcing the library’s behavior policy. The speaker will also explore specific language that has been upheld and specific language that has been struck down in court challenges.
July 17th 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. “Copyright” by John Giacomantonio
This webinar will begin as a review on basic copyright principles and then will move on to an exploration of copyright as it is most applicable in the library setting. Among the topics the speaker will explore are copyright as it applies to making copies of works in the library’s collection, digitizing items in the library’s collection, and guidance on determining if an item is protected by copyright.
July 31st 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m. “Fair Labor Standards Act” by Angela Moore
This webinar will be a general review of the basic provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The speaker will discuss how to determine if an employee is exempt or non-exempt and what those determinations mean for the government employer. Among the topics of commonly misunderstood provisions the speaker will explore are the use of employee volunteers, guidelines for using interns, how to properly provide for the use of comp time, and under what conditions overtime must be paid.
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