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 2015: Patron Privacy in Online Catalogs and Discovery Services

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Patron Privacy in Online Catalogs and Discovery Services

By Marshall Breeding Concern for keeping records related to the details and borrowing activity of patrons has been a longstanding priority for libraries. We expect integrated library systems and related applications to include features to handle any data that specifically identifies a patron securely. As with any computer application, security features should be in place to prevent unauthorized intrusion. Beyond industry-standard security...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Strong Passphrases for Privacy and Security

By Alison Macrina I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but your password sucks. I know you use the same one for everything, and it probably contains some personally identifiable information – your dad’s birthday, your pet’s name, the year of your anniversary. Even if you think you’ve got a good password strategy, if it contains any kind of pattern – a famous quote, a song lyric – it’s can very easily be...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Ranganathan and the Five Blind Librarians

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Ranganathan and the Five Blind Librarians

By Eric Hellman I’ve heard it told that after formulating his famous “Five Laws of Library Science“, the great Indian librarian S. R Ranganathan set about thinking about privacy. Here’s what I remember of the tale. It turns out that in India at the time, there were five librarians renowned throughout the land for their tremendous organizational skills, formidable bibliographic canny, and the coincidental fact that each of...

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Choose Privacy Week 2015: Who’s Reading the Reader?

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee It feels like online privacy has taken a step closer to center stage in libraryland in 2015.  For years, a number of librarians have been advocating that libraries and the ecology of vendors and publishers they do business with need to do a better job of protecting the online privacy of our patrons. We will hear again from some of them in this year’s fantastic series of blog posts...

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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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