The Changing Landscape of Library Privacy
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 505-507
Some argue that libraries should collect, retain, and use patron data to provide better personalized services to patrons. This is a serious challenge to the profession’s ethical commitment to protecting patron privacy, especially since many platforms providing these services are operated by vendors who may not share librarians’ professional values. We’ll explore these issues and discuss possible frameworks that allow libraries to provide personalized services while maintaining their commitment to protecting patron privacy.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Review the legal and ethical foundations for patron privacy. 2: Learn how to craft policies and procedures that will preserve user privacy when adopting new technologies 3: Understand how new technologies and platforms can pose a threat to patron privacy.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout
Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Guidelines and Standards, Hot Topics, Privacy, Technology
Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, IL
Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Deputy Director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. An attorney by training, she works with librarians, trustees, and library users on a wide range of intellectual freedom issues, including book challenges, internet filtering, meeting room policies, and the impact of new technologies and the USA PATRIOT Act on library privacy.
Michael Robinson, Head of Systems
Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage, ,
Michael Robinson is Chair of the ALA's Intellectual Freedom Privacy Subcommittee and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has worked with technology in academic, public, and special libraries and is keenly interested how libraries use technology to provide access to information and services to users.