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The library's legal answers for meeting rooms and displays

Author: Mary Minow; Tomas A Lipinski; Gretchen McCord
Publisher: Chicago : ALA Editions, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Grounded in the authors' expert guidance, this e-book will give your staff the knowledge they need to keep your library out of messy legal problems.
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Minow, Mary.
Library's Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms and Displays.
Chicago : American Library Association, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Minow; Tomas A Lipinski; Gretchen McCord
ISBN: 9780838914403 0838914403
OCLC Number: 959872798
Description: 1 online resource (31 pages)
Contents: Q1: Are all library meeting rooms and display areas protected by the First Amendment? --
Spaces in Public Institutions that are Off Limits to the Public --
Q2: Must all library meeting rooms and display areas in public institutions be open to all users? --
Q3: If my meeting room or display area is open to the public, is it a "public forum"? --
Traditional Public Forum: The Library's Sidewalks. --
5058 Designated Public Forum: The Spaces Government Opens to Public ExpressionLimited Public Forum: The Library and Its Public Meeting Rooms and Display Areas --
Nonpublic Forum: The Library's Technical Services Areas and Offices --
Q4: What types of speech are protected in the library meeting rooms and display areas that are considered "public forums"? --
Speech Content Regulations --
Q5: May the library close off public use of a space to deal with controversial issues? --
Q6: If the library does not choose to close the space, how should it treat displays or meetings that concern controversial issues? --
5058 Q7: How should the library treat displays or meetings that concern religious issues?Q8: Is there a difference between meetings that have religious content and meetings that actually conduct religious services? --
Q9: Isn't there a conflict between church and state? --
Q10: How should the library treat displays or meetings that concern political issues? --
Q11: How should the library treat displays or meetings that use hate speech? --
Q12: Can you give an example of a library that allowed a hate speech group to use its facilities? --
5058 Q13: May a library demand extra fees or deposits for security expenses if a speaker is expected to draw an angry crowd?Q14: I don't understand. Surely you don't mean that I must allow a group into the library that is threatening my patrons? --
Q15: So the library does not have to put up with "fighting words"? --
Q16: What if the group is inciting a riot? --
Q17: How should the library treat displays or meetings that concern sexual issues? --
Case Study: Manhasset Public Library --
Q18: May the library prohibit birthday parties, weddings, and other private events? --
5058 Q19: Are there any situations in which the library can stop a program or a display if it is really, really upsetting to patrons and staff?Speech Regulations: Content-Neutral --
Q20: Our policy limits the amount of time for which a group can reserve the meeting room or display space. Is that okay? --
Meeting Rooms: Special Considerations --
Q21: I see a big difference between hate speech spewed forth live in a meeting room and hate speech quietly sitting on a giveaway rack. Does the law see a big difference, too? --
Q22: What if the meeting gets out of hand-too loud, or worse? --
500 Q23: What if the group has discriminatory policies?
Responsibility: Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski, Gretchen McCord.

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Grounded in the authors' expert guidance, this e-book will give your staff the knowledge they need to keep your library out of messy legal problems.

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