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Thursday, September 19 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Express yourself! Understanding the legal and practical limits of patron and librarian conduct on social media platforms.

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Social media is a space where librarians can engage their communities. But in these online spaces where are the boundaries between privacy and free speech? What rights to library staff have to discuss library issues online? Recent Supreme Court and lower court decisions regarding public employee speech rights are reviewed and delineate when a public employee is speaking as a private citizen on a matter of political, social, or other concern to the community or in their capacity as a public employee. What rights do the public have when expressing themselves on library social media platforms? If patrons post harmful material on library web space what are the boundaries of patron and library liability? Understanding the legal protections available to the library and how libraries can maximize that protections are discussed. How do you navigate the line between the law and putting principles into practice?

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Karen Pundsack

Executive Director, Great River Regional Library
Karen Pundsack is Executive Director at Great River Regional Library, a six-county consolidated regional public library system headquartered in St. Cloud. She has worked in Minnesota public libraries for over 20 years and in library administration for 11 years. She is a St. Cloud... Read More →

Dr. Tomas Lipinski

Professor Lipinski is the Dean of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received the Master of Laws (LL.M.) from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
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