E-books and Privacy …. Again.

A few years ago, after the disclosure that Amazon was collecting and storing user data associated with the loan of library e-books to Kindle users, I wrote an article briefly exploring the “digital dilemma” associated with providing users access to e-books and other resources via third party vendors. At the time I noted that [t]he current model of digital content delivery for libraries places library users’ privacy at risk....

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Choose Privacy Week 2014: Privacy Issues for Incarcerated Youth

by Kelly Czarnecki Teen Librarian Charlotte Mecklenburg Library We might not think too often about privacy issues in regards to the incarcerated. Why should they be online anyway? In most cases, they’re not. However, in some places they are. In my experience for instance, I have provided outreach as a public Librarian to juvenile offenders and we have been able to access the Internet for various purposes. While there is of course the initial...

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Choose Privacy Week 2014: Just Another Hysterical Librarian for Freedom

by Nancy Kranich Rutgers School of Communication and Information Past President, American Library Association Are librarians hysterical about protecting user privacy, as Attorney General John Ashcroft contended in 2003? That was the question asked when LIS students at Rutgers University heard from two librarians on the front lines defending and promoting intellectual freedom since the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. The colloquium...

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Choose Privacy Week 2014: How to Host Programs about Online Privacy in Your Library

by Mike Robinson Associate Professor Consortium Library University of Alaska – Anchorage Choose Privacy Week is here and if you are like me, you are just now thinking of ways for your library to participate. The bad news is that it’s probably too late to come up with good programming for this year’s Choose Privacy Week. The good news is that your patrons don’t know or care that its Choose Privacy Week and yet almost all...

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Choose Privacy Week 2014: Kids Deserve Privacy Too!

by Heather Acerro Head of Youth Services, Rochester Public Library, MN It is so basic that it doesn’t seem worth talking about, but kids deserve privacy too. Your library has a privacy policy in place, which is compliant with all applicable laws, and I am sure that you follow it. You don’t go around telling your neighbors what the kids across the street are checking out. You don’t give out addresses and phone numbers of your storytime...

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