For immediate release | September 20, 2012

Essential law for information professionals

CHICAGO — As the world of information law grows in complexity, it becomes increasingly difficult for librarians and information professionals to understand how courtroom decisions should guide day-to-day choices. “Essential Law for Information Professionals, Third Edition,” published by Facet Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, offers up-to-date and easy-to-follow practical advice, cutting through the legalese to provide answers in an easily digestible format. Giving readers the tools needed to quickly assess legal hazards and identify solutions, Paul Pedley’s book includes new and up-to-date coverage of UK and EU legal topics such as:

  • The Digital Economy Act 2010 and its implications for libraries;
  • The Open Government License and the re-use of public information;
  • Patents and trademarks;
  • Guidelines from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) on user privacy in libraries;
  • The move to extend legal deposit to electronic content;
  • Recent changes in libel law;
  • The Data Protection Act and new penalties for infringement;
  • Digital content and platforms;
  • Open access and social networking.

Pedley is a leading expert in information law. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, UK, responsible for the Information Law and Policy Module; he has been a member of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) since 1998. He is the author of “The E-copyright Handbook” and “Digital Copyright and Copyright Compliance: Practical Steps to Stay Within the Law,” and editor of “Managing Digital Rights.” He regularly runs training courses on copyright and other legal issues.

Founded in 1976 by Patricia Glass Schuman and John Vincent Neal, Neal-Schuman Publishers, now an imprint of ALA Publishing, publishes professional books for librarians, archivists, and knowledge managers. Neal-Schuman purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or

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"Essential Law for Information Professionals, Third Edition"

"The E-copyright Handbook"

"The Digital Librarian's Legal Handbook"


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