ERIC Number: ED057868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
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Legal and Contractual Aspects of Interlibrary and Information Service Operations.
Legal and contractual aspects of networks are reviewed from a lay practitioner's viewpoint. The legal basis for establishment of networks determines the authorization to enter into contracts, receive and convey funds, cross state lines, etc. Existing state laws (or lack of appropriate state laws) hinder development of networks by the process of interlocking agreements among existing institutions. Enabling federal legislation creating networks does not clarify legal identity or authority of such networks in relation to state or host institution laws or regulations. Once networks are established, the administrators are faced with legal interpretations pertaining to operations. The composition and nature of contracts with participants are not uniform and are often vague and lack clarity. Legal interpretation pertaining to ownership and use of information banks within networks present administrative problems. The contractual interfacing of networks for extension of services or resources is difficult within the present confusion of legal jurisdiction and authority of networks. Suggestion for needed action consider a legal review of existing laws, a recodification or a national network law, and a "standardized" contract format. (Other papers from this conference are available as LI 003360 - 003380 and LI 003382 through LI 003390) (Author)
Descriptors: Conferences, Federal Legislation, Information Networks, Information Services, Information Systems, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Library Cooperation, Library Networks
In "Proceedings of the Conference on Interlibrary Communications and Information Networks," edited by Joseph Becker. American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611 ($15.00)
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Sponsor: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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