TEXTS (optional but useful)


Required readings will all be freely available online and linked from the course moodle.  Additional readings (listed as “optional” or “recommended” will be linked and open access where possible, and/or drawn from sources available in the library. Readings are arranged by topic and sub-topic, and listed on the syllabus by those topics/sub-topics. Within each sub-topic optional readings will be so labeled.

Recommended to purchase if you plan to stay active in intellectual freedom issues:

  • ALA, Intellectual Freedom Manual 9th Edition (2015); see http://ifmanual.org/ for additional materials. This text includes full-text of ALA policies, important memos/essays, etc. The core documents are all available for free online, but the text itself has interesting background essays, histories of resolutions, etc.
  • Teresa Chmara, Privacy and Confidentiality Issues: A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers (2009) – Very useful summary; like the Intellectual Freedom Manual, most of the contents are available on the ALA website.
  • Kenneth Crews, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators 3rd edition (2012) – Helpful if you are looking for an overview of library copyright law, or will want a reference after this class.  If you’re in higher education or a public library, consider the Crews book.  If you are in K12 education, consider the Russell book, below.
  • Carrie Russell/ALA, Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators (2013) – Focused primarily on the K12 market (although the law is applicable to higher ed as well), consider this book over Crews if that’s your particular interest.
  • Kevin Smith, Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers(ACRL 2014) – Available online Creative Commons; print is very nice also.

Other useful texts:

  • Patricia Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi, Reclaiming Fair Use (2011) – An excellent and recent book on the ”policy” issues behind copyright. Highly recommended.
  • Tomas Lipinski, The Librarian’s Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services (2013) – Wonderful if you’re involved in licensing, but unfortunately very expensive; so have your institution pick it up for you if you do licensing.
  • Mary Minow & Tomas Lipinski, The Library’s Legal Answer Book (2003) – Now over ten years old, it is not current on topics included in this class. It is useful, however, as a general introduction to the sorts of legal issues librarians confront, such as employment law, intellectual freedom law, and so on.  However, because it is out of date, it should never be your last stop for research.
  • Peter Hirtle, Emily Hudson, & Andrew Kenyon, Copyright & Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, & Museums (2009) – Useful specifically focused on digitization projects for libraries, and so looks closely at public domain issues, among other topics.
  • Harvard Negotiation Project, Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most  (1999).  Other books by the project, such as Getting Past No and Getting to Yes, are also very useful.


NOTE: For any book looking at legal issues, you should consider that it is a scholarly opinion, and not legal advice, and definitely not an authoritative statement of “the law”.  Opinions of scholars might be right, or they might be wrong.  Ultimately, any legal issue is resolved based on the facts in that particular case, the law in that particular jurisdiction (your state or federal appellate circuit), and a variety of other factors like the lawyers and judges.  In short, books are not legal advice. 

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