ACRL Joins Ahmad v. University of Michigan Amicus Brief Filing

ACRL joined the Association of Research Libraries, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Historical Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the University of California Libraries, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library, and the University of Iowa Libraries in filing an amicus brief in the Michigan Supreme Court case Ahmad v. University of Michigan, a case involving the use of a public records request to circumvent a deed of gift, which is a contract that libraries and archives routinely negotiate with donors and that sets the conditions of access to donated papers.

Among other sources, the brief cites ACRL’s Code of Ethics for Special Collections Librarians, which provides that “[s]pecial collections practitioners have a responsibility to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of users, donors, record creators, record subjects, and vendors.”