Choose Privacy Week 2016: Respecting and Defending Student Privacy

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee (Note: This is the first post in a week-long online forum discussing how librarians, educators, and society can respect and defend students’ and minors’ privacy. Stop by each day to read each contributor’s article and check out our page of resources on student and minors’ privacy.) Last year when writing about Choose Privacy Week I said that it feels like online...

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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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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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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 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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