Finding a Legal Comfort Zone on the Web (Online)

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Allowing the public to contribute to, comment on and otherwise engage with your library’s website content can be a scary thought, fraught with bogeymen real and imagined, lined with both success and horror stories, and seemingly paved with difficult policy decisions. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. Eli Neiburger will present on how to move squeamish colleagues, administrators, or trustees to a point where web initiatives can be understood as less risky than the daily act of unlocking the front doors. He will demonstrate how to structure engagement on the web so that it doesn’t require another written policy.

Joining Eli will be Barbara Jones from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, who will focus on how the overarching principles of intellectual freedom apply to user engagement, access, and information literacy programming on social media. She will show how these new and sometimes intimidating technologies do fit the intellectual freedom and privacy principles that American Library Association has embedded in the Library Bill of Rights and Its Interpretations. Barbara will provide examples of how these very idealistic statements can be reflected in practical policy statements and inform best practices at the local level.

This webinar is brought to you in collaboration with ALA TechSource and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. Presenters are Library Technology Reports authors: Eli Neiburger, Associate Director for IT & Production, Ann Arbor District Library and Barbara Jones, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

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