New workshop examines legal issues impacting makerspaces

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/15/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new workshop, Makerspaces: The Library's Legal Answers, with Mary Minow, Tomas Lipinski, and Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Library makerspaces are truly transformative environments that advance learning and innovation in communities. These spaces are a great way for people to create, invent, and learn, but you will need to be aware of and understand legal implications and concepts related to patent, trademark, and product liability.

The Library’s Legal Answers team—Minow, Lipinksi, and McCord—will guide you in a positive approach to library makerspaces, true to the library mission of intellectual freedom, access and learning. Cutting through any alarmism about the possibility of such things as guns, sex toys or illegal drugs being made using 3D printers, they will show you how to limit your liability with consistent practices and sensible policy statements, covering topics such as:

  • key clauses for waivers and partnership agreements;
  • how to file a one-page form with the U.S. Copyright Office that will protect you from potential infringing activity;
  • what to look for in local building codes before you solder;
  • guarding against indirect or vicarious liability lawsuits;
  • where the First Amendment meets makerspaces;
  • protecting privacy in the sign-up process;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

About the Instructors:

Mary Minow is counsel to the Califa Group and a library law consultant on issues of copyright, privacy, intellectual freedom and related issues. She is a co-author of The Library's Legal Answer Book, and manages the website for the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center. Minow holds a J.D. from Stanford University and an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan.

Tomas A. Lipinski has worked in a variety of legal settings, including the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He is dean of the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He is the author of Librarian's Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services and co-author of The Library’s Legal Answer Book. Lipinski holds a law degree from Marquette University, a master of laws degree from the John Marshall Law School and a doctorate in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Gretchen McCord is a Texas attorney and librarian, focusing on intellectual property in digital formats.  She is a former academic librarian, and has practiced law for nine years before starting her own legal advising and training consultancy. She is author of What You Need to Know About Privacy Law:  A Guide for Librarians and Educators. McCord holds a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and an M.S.I.S. from the University of North Texas.

Registration for this ALA Editions Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA Editions Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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