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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Choose Privacy Week 2014: Privacy All Year Long with the New ALA Privacy Tool Kit

By Helen Adams and Ann Crewdson Co-Chairs, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee After a two year effort, the 2014 ALA Privacy Tool Kit is now available online in time to celebrate Choose Privacy Week.  The Tool Kit gives librarians immediate any time/anywhere access to information on our core values of privacy and confidentiality.  The revision was completed by the ALA Privacy Subcommittee, consisting of Carolyn Caywood, Barbara Fiehl, Kent Oliver,...

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Choose Privacy Week 2014

Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7, 2014, will feature conversations about protecting privacy rights all year long, both inside and outside the library. “Librarians are staunch defenders of library users’ privacy, even as new technologies and a growing use of social media and online tools have altered the privacy landscape,” said Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom. “Acquiring the tools and...

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