Nevada Library Association Annual Conference - 2019; November 2-4, 2019

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Sunday, November 3 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Public Forum, the 1st Amendment, and Intellectual Freedom: Topics in Library Meeting Rooms

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There are possible conflicts for libraries that allow the public to use their meeting rooms between the right of free speech and the prohibition against hate speech. The balance of the 1st Amendment and public forum can be difficult and professionals have to consider a variety of topics.

This talk will discuss relevant court cases, legal fundamentals, policy fundamentals, how to formulate policies for the use of meeting rooms, and what to do if your library is challenged over a meeting room issue.

Legal advocacy groups have sued public libraries that refuse to give meeting space to religious groups. Discussion about defining a religious group, a meeting versus worship gathering, topics of restriction of speech, and other hot-button subjects are on our agenda! Come join us!

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Robbie DeBuff

Library Manager, Henderson Libraries
Robbie DeBuff is the current Library Manager at the Green Valley Library, a Henderson Libraries branch, in Henderson, NV.  Prior to this, Robbie worked as an Assistant Branch Manager at the Clark County Library, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, and as a Library Consultant... Read More →
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Jennifer Weitz

Adult Programming Supervisor, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Jennifer Weitz has worked for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for over eighteen years, holding various public service and administrative positions throughout her career. For the past four years, Jennifer has held the position of Adult Programming Supervisor in the Programming... Read More →

Sunday November 3, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm PST
Topaz Room