Library Trends 06 (4) Spring 1958: Legal Aspects of Library Administration


Library Trends 6 (4) Spring 1958: Legal Aspects of Library Administration. Edited by John Boynton Kaiser.

It may be generally assumed by the public at large, and in fact by an administrator himself, whether in library or other service, that he must and does know the law as it applies to his particular field; if not, he could not administer competently and effectively. But, as several of the contributors suggest in chapters of this symposium, the "library laws," whether they be statutes, municipal ordinances, or institutional by-laws, furnish only the barest, most specific minima of legal guidelines - the sine qua non for the particular operation. The broad field of general law, be it common or statutory or both, applicable to this in common with hundreds of types of other governmental activity as well as private enterprise may escape the administrator in his preoccupation with the foreground of day-to-day details - hence the necessity for seeking competent professional advice concerning the legal implications of library operations and, therefore, the value of this handbook as a reminder of that necessity.

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