May 18, 2022

EveryLibrary: “Utah AG Publishes Clear Guidance Protecting School Libraries”

From the EveryLibrary Website:

In Utah, the Attorney General’s Office, as required by the new law, “H.B. 374 Sensitive Materials in Schools” issued an official memorandum as guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) to help school boards and superintendents understand the laws surrounding school libraries.

The memo is written in a Q&A format with extensive legal citations to First Amendment case law, as well as state and federal laws that define “obscenity” and “harmful to minors.” It is a remarkable and valuable document in how clearly it lays out the broad First Amendment protections enjoyed by school library materials, and rights that students have to voluntary inquiry in a school setting.

Direct to Complete Post and Full Text Memo from the Utah AG

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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