Choosing Privacy for Public Computers in Libraries

By Matt Beckstrom Systems Manager Librarian, Lewis & Clark Library, Helena, MT Author, Protecting Patron Privacy:Safe Practices for Public Computers Most of us offer some kind of public computers for our patrons, and obviously privacy is a concern. What should we be doing for our patrons when it comes to privacy on public computers? What steps can we take? First of all, we have to remember that we have to work around the fact that privacy is...

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A Toolkit to Audit Your Library’s Privacy Practices

by Sarah Houghton Director, San Rafael Public Library (California) In this brave new world do you find yourself wondering how to ensure that your library is protecting your users’ privacy to the best of your ability? Not sure where to start? Check out the Library Patron Privacy Checklists, a joint effort from LITA’s Patron Privacy Interest Group and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee. No matter what kind...

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De-identification and Patron Data

De-identification and Patron Data

by Becky Yoose Library Applications and Systems Manager The Seattle Public Library Libraries and library vendors contain multitudes of data1 : item circulation, patron information, computer sessions, program attendance, website logs, and searches, just to name a few. Data plays a critical role in analysis and assessment of collections, operations, and services; however, the privacy of the patron must be taken into consideration in using any...

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Choose Privacy 2016 – ALA-IFC Releases New Library Privacy Guidelines To Improve Reader Privacy Protections for Students

To highlight the theme for Choose Privacy Week 2016 – students’ and minors’ privacy – the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools” on May 2, 2016.   The document, which surveys the state of students’ privacy in K-12 schools, provides guidance for school libraries and educational institutions...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Privacy and Respect for Individuals

By Neil Richards Have you looked at your Google or Bing search history recently? You should. When you do, you’ll find a list of all the questions you’ve asked your digital assistant. Maybe you asked who won Super Bowl XX (It was Da Bears.). Maybe you asked where else you’d seen that new actor on Game of Thrones (It was The Exorcist). Or maybe you wanted to learn more about Bernie Sanders, or Donald Trump, or radical Islam, or the Klan, or...

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Watching What Students Read in the School Library

by Helen Adams, Member, and Michael Robinson, Chair IFC Privacy Subcommittee The Collier School District in Florida now allows parents and guardians to see the titles of books their children (and wards) check out from the district’s school libraries.    Colllier County’s “Parent Portal” is being offered as a means of heading off book challenges in the district, with the thought that parents themselves can police the books...

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