Coming Attractions: Introducing The “Privacy” Special Issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

As editor of the ALA’s new Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy, I’m excited to preview the journal’s first special-themed issue on Privacy (Volume 2, Issue 1). Within libraries, a patron’s intellectual activities are protected by decades of established norms and practices intended to preserve patron privacy and confidentiality, most stemming from the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and related interpretations. As a matter...

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Piwik is an alternative to Google Analytics

By Adam Chandler Cornell University Libraries Director, Automation, User Experience, and Post-Cataloging Services Like many other libraries, Cornell University Library uses Google Analytics (GA) to track website usage. GA, designed to support Google’s primary revenue stream, advertising, has many strengths, especially the fact that it does not cost money. However, given our tradition in libraries to protect reader privacy, a compelling...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Privacy, Injustice, and Self-Respect

by Anna Lauren Hoffman Two Saturdays ago, I (and pretty much everyone else on the Internet) sat in awe watching Lemonade, Beyoncé’s epic visual album. At one point during it, Malcolm X’s voice declares: “the most disrespected woman in America is the black woman.” Coupled with her recent video for “Formation,” the grand theme of Beyoncé’s work is made explicit in those words—Lemonade is a powerful assertion of Black women’s...

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New Privacy Guidelines Encourage Libraries and Vendors to Work Together to Protect Reader Privacy

By Michael Robinson Chair, IFC Privacy Subcommittee Head of Systems at the Consortium Library University of Alaska – Anchorage Libraries have a tradition of protecting the privacy of readers as the cornerstone of intellectual freedom. We recognize that freedom of thought and expression begins with freedom of inquiry, the ability to read and explore ideas without the chilling effect of government surveillance or societal disapproval. We clearly...

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Privacy @ ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco

Privacy is on the agenda at the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco June 26 – June 30, 2015. Some highlights: RUSA President’s Program speaker danah boyd will discuss her research on youth culture, the “big data” phenomenon, and the role of libraries and librarians in a data-soaked world on Saturday, June 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the Moscone Convention Center West,  Room 3014-16. Privacy law scholar Neil Richards and...

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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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