Programming Ideas

Library Programs and Events on Privacy

How are you raising awareness and engaging library users on privacy issues in your community? Has your library hosted a program or event on privacy issues? If you’re looking for inspiration for your own privacy program or event, here is an archive of past privacy programming provided by libraries and educational institutions across the country in observance of Choose Privacy Week.  We also encourage you to visit Programming Librarian (a project of ALA’s Public Programs Office) for more great ideas and resources.

2016 Choose Privacy Week Events

The Nashville Public Library and the ACLU  of Tennessee are observing Choose Privacy week by co-sponsoring an Internet Privacy Workshop on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

The Upper Arlington Public Library is hosting a Choose Privacy Week Cryptoparty on May 7 that will help users set up important privacy tools like HTTPS Everywhere, Tor, Signal, and Tails to secure individual web browsing and communications.  UAPL will kick off their observance of Choose Privacy Week on May 1 with a program “Who’s Watching You?”  about online tracking, and offers tips on password security on May  4 with the program “Forgot Your Password?”  Finally, check out the Q & A with UAPL’s Privacy Advocate.

The Portland Community College Library created a Choose Privacy LibGuide for its users.

To celebrate Choose Privacy Week, the Appleby Branch Library of the Augusta-Richmond County Library System is hosting “Privacy & Your Computer” on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

The Portland Public Library in Portland, ME, will be hosting three different events for Choose Privacy Week 2016:  a Digital Privacy and Security Workshop on May 31, a program, “Choose Privacy– Digital Surveillance and You” on May 3, and a final program, “Embracing Social Media Without Fear” on May 4.

On May 1, 2016, the Multnomah Public Library will be hosting a talk by Wendy Willis on A World without Secrets: Privacy and Expectations in the United States.  Willis will lead participants in an exploration of the history of privacy in the United States, discuss how our principles hold up in the world of corporate information gathering and government surveillance, and ask what the costs and benefits are to living in a society where almost everything about us is discoverable and discussed.

On May 4, 2016, the Oakfield Public Library in Oakfield, WI, will be hosting a Privacy and Shred Event on May 4, 2016.  The featured speaker will be Laura Fay, Agency Liaison with the WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection’s Office of Privacy Protection.  She will offer tips and resources about online safety and how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft.

2015 Choose Privacy Week Events

In 201Multnomah County Library Privacy Option flyersm5, The Multnomah Public Library observed Choose Privacy Week  by hosting “Is Privacy an Option?” a talk given by Mark Alfino, a professor of philosophy at  Gonzaga University.  Alfino discussed issues around privacy, transparency and why individual privacy choices matter.  Multnomah also offered patrons an opportunity to attend  classes to learn about privacy and safety online.


The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Center for Information Policy Research hosted Washington University law school Professor Neil Richards who discussed his book, Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in a Digital Age .

The Upper Arlington Public Library offered its patrons three different classes on privacy, including “Simple to Advanced Privacy DIY,” “Security First,” on password privacy, and “Privacy on Your Mobile Device.”

The Greene County Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Public Library  published an article in their local paper promoting Choose Privacy Week that included a bibliography of  several books about privacy and government surveillance.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville library marked Choose Privacy Week with a blog post while the Jefferson College library created a Choose Privacy Week libguide.  Portland Community College also created an  online resource for Choose Privacy Week for their users.

We know that libraries across the country are hosting fantastic programs on privacy.  Please share your ideas, experiences, and resources in the comments section or send us photos, flyers, and press coverage of your event so that we can include it here.