It takes a village to create an open-access textbook! "Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives: an open textbook for library and information science courses" is the collaborative work of two editors, fourteen authors, and a review team of seven readers. The free textbook was produced through Minitex’s Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project and MN Writes MN Reads.
Minnesota lawyer-librarians Ruth Dukelow and Michael Robak co-edited "Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives." The textbook addresses legal issues relevant to librarians, archivists, and information technologists. Topics covered include copyright and intellectual property, contracts and licensing, FOIA, open meetings acts, bonds and millages, NAGPRA, and federal library legislation. Most of the authors have both library/information science and law degrees.
“Although our textbook covers several legal issues important to libraries and archives, we are aware that there are even more legal concerns that librarians face,” Dukelow said. “We are hopeful that others will see our textbook as a challenge to write open-access-textbook chapters addressing further legal topics. We are thankful that Minitex provides free and easy technology to make online publishing accessible.”
"Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives: an open textbook for library and information science courses" is available online through a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License:
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