The Path to a Creating a New Privacy Policy: NYPL’s story

By William Marden Director of Privacy and Compliance, New York Public Library Every library has (or should have) one but, ironically, it is probably the least-read document in any library’s collections. I am referring to library privacy policies, which have

Long Overdue: Revisiting Library Privacy Policies During Choose Privacy Week

By Nancy Kranich Rutgers University School of Communication and Information Each time I teach Intellectual Freedom online at Rutgers, I ask my students to review the privacy policies of their public or academic libraries. Once they locate these policies, which

Let’s Get Practical for Choose Privacy Week

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee Associate Professor at the Consortium Library, University of Alaska – Anchorage The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom demonstrated its foresight when it started the Choose Privacy Week program in 2010, launching an

Choose Privacy Week 2017 Webinar: Learn Practical Privacy Practices on April 13

Defending patron privacy in the library means more than advocating against the PATRIOT Act; it also requires a commitment to utilizing practical privacy tools and tactics that secure patron data and help counter unwanted online data collection.  Learn more about

How Libraries Can Respond to the Repeal of the FCC Privacy Rules

by Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Michael Robinson This week Congress, voting along party lines, passed a resolution that repealed the groundbreaking privacy rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last October under the Obama administration.  The new rules would have required

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

Choose Privacy Week 2016 – Privacy, Injustice, and Self-Respect

by Anna Lauren Hoffman Two Saturdays ago, I (and pretty much everyone else on the Internet) sat in awe watching Lemonade, Beyoncé’s epic visual album. At one point during it, Malcolm X’s voice declares: “the most disrespected woman in America

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

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