Libraries as Information Fiduciaries? Part One

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.

Book review of Library Privacy Policies

A book review of the 2020 Library Privacy Policies by Jason Vaughan. The book includes a great breakdown of how data is regularly collected and used in a number of different systems, many of which are routinely used in libraries (web servers, virtual reference tracking systems, patron records, etc.). Vaughan also outlines how this data can be used and shared outside of the intended purpose, serving as an important reminder of how many inlets and collection points in data collecting.