Lawyers for Libraries, 1996-2012 | The American Library Association Archives
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Lawyers for Libraries Records (1996-2012), including correspondence, documentation, institute handouts and planning materials, brochures and publicity materials, programs, and additional organizational information concerning the Lawyers for Libraries training institutes, the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Patriot Act, and privacy, censorship and intellectual freedom issues in libraries. Lawyers for Libraries was comprised of a series of training institutes presented by the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These training institutes were held throughout the United States and were designed to educate attorneys about the First Amendment freedom to read and other privacy, censorship, and intellectual freedom issues facing libraries. The first two national Lawyers for Libraries institutes were held in 1997 and 1998; in the early 2000s, the program was expanded to include additional regional training sessions. The institutes were aimed at attorneys (particularly practicing attorneys who advised libraries on legal matters), but librarians and library trustees were permitted to attend with an accompanying lawyer. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits were available to lawyers who attended the institutes. The thirteenth (and last) regional Lawyers for Libraries institute was held in 2009.
This series also contains a folder about the Merritt Fund, which was established in 1970 to support librarians whose employment has been terminated or who have been discriminated against due to intellectual freedom issues or on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, etc. See series 6/5/1 and 6/5/6 for related information.