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Thanks for this feedback, Marcia and Dan.

Marcia, Nolo has 2 books focused on working with independent contractors/freelancers which might be of some help to you:
-Working with Independent Contractors (9781413306576, http://www.nolo.com/products/working-with-independent-contractors-HICI.html)
-Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements (9781413307146, http://www.nolo.com/products/consultant-&-independent-contractor-agreements-CICA.html)

Please let me know if you have any further feedback or questions.

Thanks again,

Jennifer Balaco, MSI
Library Sales & Marketing Assistant - NOLO

I'd like a book about understanding and the possible details of publishing contracts - for books, journal articles, artwork, scientific research, etc.

I'd also like some sample contracts for hiring people - an artist for a special project, for example.

Jennifer Balaco,

I would like to see the following topics covered:

The ALA's Library Bill of Rights essentially states it would be age discrimination for librarians to keep children from inappropriate material. What is the legislative history of that, so to speak. The ALA makes a little information about that available, but not enough. For example, it does not disclose exactly who introduced it, why, and what is the background of that person who has essentially set policy nationwide that libraries no longer protect children from inappropriate material like they used to. And exactly how was that policy forced into American communities.

I would like to see focus on the issue of whether censorship is tantamount to keeping children from inappropriate material. The ALA created and uses Banned Books Week to claim it is, but it is not. In my experience, sources that address censorship do not focus specifically on this narrow but library-relevant issue. I would love to see that.

I would like to see something on pornography in public libraries. Some libraries claim legal porn is allowable. That's right, but that does not mean it goes in public libraries, just as US v. ALA discussed.

I would like to see something on E-Rate investigations and prosecutions against libraries and the people involved in E-Rate fraud. For example, the Brownsville Public Library in Texas collects E-Rate funding for Internet access but it does not filter "adult" computers. And the Brooklyn Public Library seems to have defrauded the federal government of $2.5M by following ALA advice to allow adults to turn off filters by themselves--the FCC told me this was not CIPA compliant. More significantly, the ALA, in advising libraries to skirt the law by using the means the FCC said was non-compliant, uses CYA language to advise libraries to get their own attorneys, but the ALA promised to provide guidance and it has failed. Is the ALA, therefore, a coconspirator in E-Rate fraud?

And look at Michigan state law. It requires any library that filters to leave one computer unfiltered. That violates CIPA, yet Michigan libraries are still collecting E-Rate funding in violation of CIPA.

And what is personal liability for E-Rate fraud? Two NJ businessmen were just jailed for E-Rate fraud. What they did sounds substantially similar to what Brownsville or Brooklyn did.

Here's another issue to examine. Library creation statutes. Look at the statutes, charters, whatever. What powers do they grant? What do they preclude? Do they allow legal porn in public libraries? I doubt it, but this issue is not addressed anywhere. I suggest you consider looking into this. Many libraries nationwide may be acting ultra vires if they force communities to accept legal porn in the public library. It may be useful to local communities to use their own legal precedent to force their own libraries to stop acting outside the law in compliance with ALA directives or on their own.

And what are the legal ramifications of libraries that aid and abet pedophiles, child porn users, etc? Why are library employees who cover up child porn crimes not arrested as accessories to the crimes? Be clear almost all librarians are law abiding, but at least a few, like the Holyoke, MA, library director, might not be.

Naturally I have various sources in mind as I raise these issues. Please contact me if you would like to learn what I had in mind as I made these suggestions.

Thank you very much.

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