Syllabus (2015)

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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