Choose Privacy Week 2016: Resources for Teaching Privacy

by Dorothea Salo If knowing about privacy-protecting practices is half the battle, teaching them to others is the other half. Many librarians in many contexts find themselves needing to teach patrons, students, or even each other about protecting privacy online. Fortunately, no one has to start from zero: many excellent teaching resources already exist. Those listed below, arranged by audience, are just the tip of the iceberg. K-12 How to Teach...

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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 – Engaging Students In Discussions About Privacy

by Carolyn Caywood At the American Library Association’s 2006 annual conference, ALA Council passed a resolution to work “toward a national conversation about privacy as an American value.” At that time, there was no discussion guide to structure a conversation on privacy available from the national organizations that develop frameworks for dialogue. ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) and the Fostering Civic...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Data Governance: Keeping Students Safe Online

by Annalisa Keuler Our job as educators is to facilitate student learning, and each year more of this learning is happening in an online environment. We ask students to log in to websites, download apps, and research online. These apps and websites may be used with the best of intentions, but many of them that require students to log in employ an information acquisition technique known as “data mining” and will sell this information to a...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – How Can I Keep Student Records Safe When I Have a Shared ILS?

By Magee Kloepfler Recently a teacher came to me looking for a particular book.  I informed her it was checked out, but that I would get it to her as soon as it was returned.  She asked me for the name and said she would talk to whomever had the book.  When I told her I would not share that information with her, she told me I was being “a little ridiculous” as she angrily walked away.  At first I was taken aback by her reaction. I took...

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Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Educational records: More than just grades and detentions in an era of data-driven education

by Kyle Jones Records define us–partially.  They enclose data and information that reveal our past, present, and increasingly our future.  But they are never perfect representations of who we are as individuals, nor are they able to capture the richness of our relationships with others.  So, we are naturally wary of their contents, who has access to them, and the risks their disclosure creates.  Because of these reasons and others, we want...

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