In partnership with the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), the Northern New York Library Network has retained the services of an attorney to offer members timely input on intellectual property, digital rights management, vendor contracts, first amendment, civil rights, employment law, and other legal issues that can impact library operations.

How does it work?

NNYLN member questions submitted to “Ask the Lawyer!” will be reviewed to determine suitability for the service. If you consent in the submission form to share your question with the public, the factual and legal research as well as the statutory and case law regarding your question may be posted on the service’s “Recently Asked Questions,” page. You can also direct that your question not be shared, in which case your submission and any correspondence shall be subject to attorney-client privilege, confidential among you, NNYLN, and the attorney.

How to submit?

Please keep in mind: the “Ask the Lawyer!” service is shared with NNYLN and WNYLRC, and is not legal representation of your organization. Always alert officers at your institution if a lawsuit is threatened, or if a matter is so specific or critical that your own institution’s attorney should be involved. And yes–you can always “Ask the Lawyer!,” if you don’t know if a particular issue hits that threshold! Please complete the form to initiate a response.

If you have documentation that would assist the attorney in answering your inquiry, you may upload files at the bottom of the form. Please note that the form cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting.

Inquiries about this service should be sent to Meg Backus ( or call (315) 265-1119.

RAQs: Recently Asked Questions

ASK THE LAWYER! maintains Recently Asked Questions (RAQs), which are available here.