The IMLS grant project, ‘Privacy Advocacy Guides for Libraries’, is focused on the creation of a series of guides that focus on providing hands-on techniques for better protecting the privacy of the library as well as the privacy of library users.
Welcome back to our series on information fiduciaries and libraries! We introduced the concept of information fiduciaries in Part One. In this series entry, we will focus on libraries as possible information fiduciaries.
The Resolution on the Misuse of Behavioral Data Surveillance in Libraries, recently passed at ALA Midwinter, calls for libraries and vendors to reject behavioral data surveillance of patrons. While we are familiar with the concept of data surveillance, the last item in the resolution contains something that some in the library world are not as familiar with – information fiduciaries.
Privacy and access are two important elements in librarianship that we hold dear- Both concepts are prominent in ALA’s Code of Ethics, but what happens when access and privacy collide?
A big part of the job of an Electronic Resources Librarian in a public library is guiding users through how to use our resources – that includes helping them take control of their own privacy.