ERIC Number: ED206325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Legal Ramifications of Computerized Library Networks and Their Implications for the Library Director.
Wheelbarger, Johnny J.; Clouse, R. Wilburn
Legal questions, raised by recent developments in computerized networks and relating to censorship, liability, responsibility and other topics, were explored by means of a questionnaire sent to a selected group of librarians, network personnel, and others. Designed to collect information about existing laws and current problems, the questionnaire elicited opinions which suggest that (1) networks cannot refuse questionable titles, (2) authors or publishers cannot demand the exclusion of titles from the database, (3) the networks probably cannot refuse "insignificant" titles, (4) networks probably cannot refuse membership without legitimate reasons, and (5) all parties have due process rights in dealing with parent networks. Limited amount of experience and the complete lack of litigation in this area, however, leave the specific questions unanswered. A 30-item bibliography and the questionnaire are appended. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Philadelphia, PA, April 6-10, 1981).