May 27, 2022

New Article: “Legal Issues Relating to Online Social Networking”

The following article appears in the February 2013 issue of ILA Reporter from the Illinois Library Association.


Legal Issues Relating to Online Social Networking


Julie Tappendorf


ILA Reporter
February 2013
Vol. XXXI, No. 1

From the Introduction

Libraries of all types — public, school, academic, and special — gain advantages in using web-based social networks. Some libraries have a presence on Facebook, maybe a Twitter account, and almost all have an online presence via a library website. Benefits include a cost-effective means of communication with library patrons, offering both transparency and opportunities for public participation, greater awareness, and sometimes more meaningful engagement by library patrons. But the governing authorities of these libraries, particularly those of public libraries, also must be aware of the implications of using these media.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.