Ask the Lawyer!

The Rochester Regional Library Council has acquired the services of an attorney to offer RRLC and its members timely input on intellectual property, digital rights management, vendor contracts, and other legal issues that can impact library operations. Questions sent to Ask the Lawyer! will be reviewed by RRLC staff, and sent to counsel for responses. This project is being offered in collaboration with the Western New York Library Resources Council.

All RRLC member libraries are eligible to participate as are the member library systems and their member libraries. Patron members are not eligible to participate. To submit an inquiry to the RRLC Ask the Lawyer! service, use form below. Prior to completing the form, please check the Recently Asked Questions (RAQ) on the WNYLRC website. Another library may have already asked the same question. Responses might be in the form of a memo shared with the RRLC member library that inquired, and also may become part of the RAQ, a training session, or a memo shared only with the inquiring library and the RRLC and WNYLRC liaison.

Please keep in mind: the Ask the Lawyer! service is not legal advice to your organization. Always alert officers at your institution if a lawsuit is threatened, or if a matter is so specific or critical that your own institution’s attorney should be involved. And yes — you can always “Ask the Lawyer,” if you don’t know if a particular issue hits that threshold! Provide as much information as possible when completing the form. If you have documentation that would assist the attorney in answering your inquiry, you may upload files at the bottom of the form. Note that the form cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

This message is a service to the Western New York Library Resources Council.  It is not legal advice to any organization other than the WNYLRC and RRLC, who utilize the service to provide general guidance, updates, forms, and training events in aid of their members.

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