2015 Fall

This is the syllabus as revised by the beginning of class. Topics, guests, and assignments shifted over the course of the semester. Contact Laura Quilter if you are interested in using more detailed material in a course you are developing.

1.0 CENSORSHIP

1 – 9/3 – intros.  Workshop: Media.  Assigned: Reflection 1.

2 – 9/10 – 1A – Challenges in the library. Topics.  How to handle a challenge. When is it an issue of law. Workshop: Write a policy for handling a challenge. DUE 9/9: Reflection 1. 

3 – 9/17 – 1A – 1st amendment law. Case study obscenity. DUE 9/16: TURN IN MATERIALS CHALLENGE ASSIGNMENT.  [tentative guest lecture / AGT]

4 – 9/24 – 1A – Reno.  Internet censorship.  Minors. Townhall forum.  DUE 9/23: PAPER TOPICS.

9/28 – 10/4 – Banned Books Week

5 – 10/1 – 1A – DUE 9/30: TURN IN RESPONSE TO CHALLENGE. Discuss in class. Patron behavior.  Librarian employee rights.

6 – 10/8 – 1A – ISSUE – Meeting rooms & bulletin boards.  Religion.  Workshop: Craft a meeting room / religion policy that won’t get you sued.  Assigned: Reflection 2.

2.0 PRIVACY

7 – 10/15 – privacy.  Privacy framework — statutes, constitutional / 4A (privacy & anonymity / 1A), statutes, torts, state statutes.  FIPPs.  VPPA, cable, etc.   library record statutes.  DUE 10/14: Reflection 2. 

Oct. 19-25 – Open Access Week

8 – 10/22 privacy.  PATRIOT Act.  NSLs.  Connecticut 4.  Mass surveillance.  ACLU.  [tentative guest lecture GC]  DUE 10/21: PAPER OUTLINES & ABSTRACT & RESOURCE LIST.

9 – 10/29 – privacy.  Data mining.  Mass surveillance.  Vendor relations.  Workshop NISO privacy framework.

10 – 11/5 – privacy – Minors.  Assigned: Reflection 3.

3.0 ACCESS

11 – 11/12 – copyright etc. – why it threatens intellectual freedom.  DUE 11/11: Reflection 3. 

12 – 11/19 – copyright etc. / open access – responses to copyright — activism, open access.  Assigned: Reflection 4. DUE 11/18: Papers (5,000 words). 

11/26 – Happy Thanksgiving. No class.

13 – 12/3 – final class presentations.  dinner at my place if possible.  class out early.  DUE 12/2: Reflection 4. DUE 12/2 (materials); 12/3 (presentation): Presentations. 

Dec. 1-2, Copyright Bootcamp in Boston; Dec. 15-16, Copyright Bootcamp in Amherst

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