Amigos Community Conversations: Libraries and the Letter of the Law

Scheduled Dates

October 10, 2023 2:00 pm - 4 pm CDT (Register Now)

Course Details
Course Description

Laws and rules governing libraries are rapidly being re-evaluated and updated nationwide. Join us for the next Amigos Community Conversations event and delve into some of the key legal developments affecting libraries, such as censorship and access to library services. Leaders will take center stage to share their insights, expertise, and experiences on how these new laws are affecting the way libraries operate.

Join us for an interactive town hall discussion on the effects and implications of changing laws and rules for library collections and services. Submit your law change questions, concerns, and opportunities in advance to be answered by the panelists.

Robin Westphal is currently the state librarian for Missouri, a position she has held since 2018. Before that Robin served as library director in Johnson City (TN) and at the Livingston County Library in Chillicothe, Missouri. Westphal currently serves on the board of directors of the Western Council of State Libraries and has worked on advisory committees for both the SLIM program at Emporia State University and the SISLT program at the University of Missouri.

Shirley Robinson, CAE, is an experienced nonprofit trade association manager currently serving as the Executive Director of the Texas Library Association (TLA). With over two decades of experience, Robinson's leadership is member-focused, driving successful initiatives and organizational growth. She excels in managing people, resources, and building strong relationships with stakeholders. Prior to TLA, she held leadership roles at Texas Healthcare Trustees and the Texas Hospital Association, as well as positions in business development, fundraising, and marketing for other organizations. Robinson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Lisa Varga is the Executive Director of the Virginia Library Association, a professional organization representing more than 5,000 librarians and library staff in Academic, Public, and Special libraries throughout the Commonwealth. She is a member of the International Council of Library Association Executives, the Virginia Society of Association Executives, and the American Library Association Policy Corps. She has presented locally and nationally on a variety of library and association topics and is a mom to three young men who all went through a "reluctant reader" phase.

Natalie Currie is the State Librarian, Archivist, and Director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Since her appointment by the ODL Board of Directors in September 2022, Currie has been responsible for collaborating with the library and literacy fields, the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government, the ODL Board and agency staff to ensure Oklahomans have access to the information resources and skills they need to achieve their individual life goals. Currie previously served as the Deputy Director for the agency beginning in January 2020. In her capacity as Deputy Director, Currie managed the strategic planning and budgetary process and provided administrative oversight for several divisions of the agency.

This is an exclusive, no-charge event for Amigos Library Services members.

Learning objectives for this session include
  • Consider changes to laws, rules, and regulations governing libraries
  • Determine when and how libraries should respond to proposed and adopted legislation
  • Discover how libraries are adapting their policies and services to ensure compliance
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of one 2-hour session.
Contact Hours: 
Shirley Robinson, Robin Westphal, Natalie Currie and Lisa Varga