Choose Privacy Week 2016: Respecting and Defending Student Privacy

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee Last year when writing about Choose Privacy Week I said that it feels like online privacy has taken a step closer to center stage in libraryland. This year I think it has joined the center stage at least in terms of intellectual freedom and library technology issues. At the recent Public Library Association conference in Denver, the two sessions focused on intellectual freedom were both on...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 Demands Respect for Minors’ Privacy

(What will your library do for Choose Privacy Week?  Check out our resources and  programming ideas for Choose Privacy Week and let us know what you’re doing at oif@ala.org.) Choose Privacy Week, the American  Library Association’s annual event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ special role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole will...

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Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library: A Planning and Programming Webinar for Choose Privacy Week 2016

Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2016? Join the ALA’s IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom for a free webinar that will offer solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will educate and engage your library users and provide an update on current privacy issues confronting libraries today. The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12 Noon Eastern/11:00 a.m....

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Creating a Digital Privacy Literacy Game to Create Safe and Secure Online Personas

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Creating a Digital Privacy Literacy Game to Create Safe and Secure Online Personas

by Erin Berman and Jon Worona Ready player one? Click “Start” to begin your quest. You will venture deep into the realm of online privacy where you’ll have to navigate through an ever shifting landscape, into pools of murky policies, and across tangled webs of surveillance networks. As you begin your journey you are filled with trepidation, anxiety, and fear. You think, “How can anyone live in peace and harmony here?” So much is...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Toward A Set of Best Practices to Protect Patron Privacy in Library 2.0

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Toward A Set of Best Practices to Protect Patron Privacy in Library 2.0

by Michael Zimmer In today’s information ecosystem, libraries increasingly incorporate interactive, collaborative, and user-centered features of the so-called “Web 2.0” world into traditional library services, thereby creating “Library 2.0”. Examples include: providing patrons the ability to evaluate and comment on particular items in a library’s collection through discussion forums or comment threads; creating dynamic and...

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Choose Privacy Week Brief: Tell Congress to Support Real Privacy and Surveillance Law Reform

Choose Privacy Week Brief: Tell Congress to Support Real Privacy and Surveillance Law Reform

The time is long past for Section 215 to be meaningfully reformed to restore the civil liberties massively and unjustifiably compromised by the USA PATRIOT Act. ~~ALA President Courtney Young  Very nearly from the day the USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law in 2001, librarians raised concerns about the scope of surveillance authorized under the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.  In particular, librarians protested the low or non-existent...

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