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The Wisconsin Statutes

Chapter 43 Adobe Acrobat format
This chapter spells out the law governing public libraries and systems in the state. It is the fundamental legal resource for librarians and trustees.

Wisconsin Statutes: Links and Searching
This site offers links to an unofficial version of all the Statutes. It is possible to view each chapter with Adobe Acrobat or to load the chapters in pdf format. The NXT Infobase links also make it possible to search the Statutes, a process that enables one to find material in Chapter 43, but also relevant material elsewhere in the statutes.

Chapter 43: Summaries of Sections Adobe Acrobat format
This is a short summary of the content of the main sections of Chapter 43, prepared by David Polodna in 1999 and used with his permission.

Chapter 19: Public Records and Open Meetings Adobe Acrobat format
The laws relating to public records are found in Sub-Chapter II; the laws governing open meetings in Sub-chapter V. Helpful information about both of these laws is available at Wisconsin Library Legislation and Funding, Law, Standards, Policies and Planning.

Additional Links

Frequently Asked Questions About Compliance With the Parental Access to Library Records Law
This FAQ provides answers from DLTCL about Act 207. Includes a link to the text of the law Adobe Acrobat format, which became effective on April 23, 2004.

Wisconsin Library Legislation and Funding, Law, Standards, Policies and Planning
The state has collected links to legal resources that include Chapter 43 and the Administrative Code, information on the open meetings law and closed sessions of the library board, the public records law, sample policies, copyright resources, and more.

League of Wisconsin Municipalities
The League is a not-for-profit organization that "acts as an information clearinghouse, lobbying organization and legal resource for Wisconsin municipalities." It is full of useful information for librarians. For example, see the FAQs on libraries discussing the relationship between the library board and the governing body and on county payments to municipal libraries for services provided to non-residents.

Mary Minow's Map of Library Law
This site includes everything you've ever wanted to know about library law, and more. There's information on court cases relevant to libraries, copyright, intellectual freedom, cyberlaw, and current issues, for example.

Introduction to Legal Materials: A Manual for Non-Law Librarians in Wisconsin
From the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, a 2003 revision of this manual in pdf. The site also provides information on purchasing a bound copy. Note especially Section VIII - Collection Development and Appendix E - Legal Information/Assistance Sources in Wisconsin.

How to Use the Federal Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
The 9th edition of "a general 'do-it-yourself' guide to using the federal Freedom of Information Act....It describes how to use the Act as an effective investigative tool, and provides sample letters, forms and directories to assist you in dealing with the government promptly and effectively." It also discusses which agencies are covered by the law and what is protected from disclosure.

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