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In one of my classes we are reading about copyright law. Little did I think before I started library school that librarians would need to be cognizant of (or concerned about) the law. I went looking for websites that would be of use to librarians (or library school students) who were interested in reading more about the topic…

Here are some interesting sites I found:

Mary Minow runs the Library Law site, which focuses on issues of legal interest to libraries. She has an MLS from University of Michigan and a J.D. from Stanford:

http://www.librarylaw.com/ 

Library Law blog:

http://blog.librarylaw.com/

Family Friendly Libraries has a page called “Laws affecting libraries” which while on the surface seems library friendly, is actually pro-censorship:

http://fflibraries.org/laws_Overview2.html

scary.

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… which I discovered while surfing the web today to take the temperature of Libraryland!

 The name of the blog is as specific as it gets:

Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services

And the description is: Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services is devoted to the use of online social networking sites for any and all types of library-related programs or services.

Upon a quick preliminary perusal, this site appears to me quite packed with useful information with library students –or new librarians– eager and willing to learn exactly how social networking could be used in creative ways to enhance library services. It’s great to read at this time, because I was just starting to feel somewhat cynical about “all the technology” out there, wondering whether or not this was just more stuff to surf and have fun with, or if there really is some use which librarians –and users– can make of it, besides the “isn’t it so cool I found my friend from ten years ago on Facebook” feature. I’ll definitely be adding this blog to my library blogroll!

Here is the blog entry which caught my eye today… http://onlinesocialnetworks.blogspot.com/2007/10/sharing-privacy-and-trust-in-our.html