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MLA Connect Webinars

Archived recordings of previous MLA Connect Webinars are available on-demand for viewing at your convenience! Browse archived recordings and don't forget to check out upcoming events by clicking the button below. Please note recordings are provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Webinar: Designing Equitable and Inclusive Patron Policies

Tuesday, October 6
10:00 – 11:00 am

Is your library an equitable and inclusive environment for your community? How should your library draft policies that create a welcoming environment for patrons of varied backgrounds and beliefs? In this virtual event, Anne Seurynck from Foster, Swift, Collins, & Smith PC, will discuss the most important library operational policies including those surrounding patron behaviors, meeting rooms, material selection, and library displays.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Webinar: Findings and Resources From the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm

As libraries across the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent. Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. Join this session to learn more about the testing process and results, how project resources can inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come.

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Monday, April 27, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Webinar: To Be, or Not to Be… a 501(c)(3) Library

Join MLA and Clare Membiela, Library Law Consultant, Library of Michigan for this webinar where we will discuss the meaning of a 501(c)(3) designation, the pros and cons of being a public library 501(c)(3), and what a library must do to obtain a 501(c)(3) designation. Participants in this webinar will obtain information to help them and their library boards determine if a 501(c)(3) designation is something they should pursue.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Webinar: Library Employment Policies

It is important to ensure that employment policies are current and fully protect the library's legal interests. Employee handbooks are essential for employers in today's litigious environment. However, there are mistakes in drafting policies that could jeopardize an employer's ability to successfully defend employment claims. Attorney Mike Blum of Foster, Swift, Collins, & Smith PC explores phrases and terms that should never be used in employment policies and discusses do's and don'ts of drafting an effective employee handbook, as well as strategies for getting employees back to work once Gov. Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order expires, and how to deal with employees who resist and would prefer to collect unemployment benefits.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Webinar: Library Operational Policies

Now that the library is closed to the public, you may have additional time to dust off the library’s policies and make sure they are up to date! Library policies are the cornerstone of library operations and provide an important tool for staff to deal with library patrons. In this webinar, Attorney Anne Seurynck from Foster, Swift, Collins, & Smith PC reviews the most important library operational policies such as Patron Behavior Policy, Internet Use Policies, Freedom of Information Act Policies and Meeting Room Policies, the need for record retention and media policies, and also discusses emergency preparedness in light of the most recent COVID-19 issues faced by libraries.

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