Intellectual Freedom Webinar: 

Unintended Consequences: The unique relationship between libraries and the First Amendment, featuring Clare Membiela, J.D.

October 27, 2023
10 AM ET
FREE for FLA members
$10 for non-members

The First Amendment has always been entwined with the mission and purpose of public libraries. But has it? Why are libraries so critical to the exercise of First Amendment rights and how did that relationship happen? How does the First Amendment operate within modern libraries (of all types) and what options do library staff have to manage the numerous, varied, and unique situations that arise because of this special relationship?

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Clare Membiela, J.D., has been a librarian for over 30 years. Much of that time has been spent working as a large law firm librarian and an academic law librarian teaching law students and assisting law professors, attorneys, and members of the public in locating legal information and authority. The past 7 years have been spent as the Library Law Consultant for the Library of Michigan where Clare helps library directors, staffs, boards, and patrons understand and obtain information about the legal issues that affect Michigan libraries.

Clare has a Master of Library Science (MLS) from Southern Connecticut State University and a JD from the University of Miami.