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Permission for Appearance of Background Images

Our historical society produced a documentary about the making of a sculpture.

Historical societies and museums, Image Rights, Copyright, Privacy
Staff Expectations for Emergency Preparedness Training

We are planning an emergency preparedness training for library staff to include CPR, First Aid, Stop the Bleed, and Narcan training.

Emergency Response, Policy, Training, Templates, Employee Rights
Handling Funds for Friends of the Library

There seems to be a trend for libraries that have Friends groups to hold fundraisers, donations, and membership drives at the library.

Templates, Friends of the Library, Budget, Donations
Debt Collection and Library Fines

Fees and Fines, Policy, Public Libraries, Debt Collection
Charitable organization filing requirements for small (under 50k) “Friends”

Are incorporated "Friends", who do not receive over $50 thousand, do not have paid staff, and are only able to provide the funds to the library

Friends of the Library, Fundraising, Budget, IRS, Non-profits
Petition Needed for School Ballot Vote

For public libraries seeking school ballot funding, there's some gray area around whether a petition with signatures of eligible school distric

NYS Education Law, School Ballots, Public Libraries, School Districts, Voting, Board of Trustees
Legal Recourse for Slanderous Accusations Against Librarians

A recent article appeared in a local newspaper that was describing the local efforts of a group called Moms for Liberty to have certain books r

Book challenges, School Libraries, Policy, Intellectual Freedom, Public Libraries, Defamation
Sex Offenders in Libraries (NYS)

We have two individuals in our community, within 500 feet on either side of the library, that have been identified as sex offenders on the NYS

Public Libraries, Policy, Safety, Sex Offenders, Civil Rights
Reallocation of Earmarked Library Funds

Is it legal for a library board to approve expenditures (without a referendum) for a capital project from its operating funds (or operating fun

Board of Trustees, Budget, By-laws
Can Library Surplus Funds Be Added to Municipal General Fund

We are a small municipal library serving a village of 6500 & a town population the same size.

Budget, Municipal Libraries, Taxes