Privacy @ ALA Annual 2017

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Privacy is on the agenda at the 2017 ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago.   Here is the current list of privacy-related programming:


Saturday, June 24

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM      Privacy is the Future: The Library’s Role as Educator, Defender and Enforcer

The library has long been at the focal point for defending the rights of its users, a role that’s evolving as society and technology change. A key emerging topic is privacy in a highly-connected world, both within the library and outside.

Join ProQuest’s Director of Information Security and Privacy, Daniel Ayala, for an exploration into the current state and upcoming challenges in privacy and security as we continue to expand our use of technology. In this session, Daniel will discuss: privacy challenges and ramifications for librarians, patrons and society; how to achieve a reasonable, informed balance between security/privacy and the use of real data to make libraries and users more successful researchers; and educate on ways libraries can become a hub of expertise for security and privacy topics for our communities.

Speaker: Daniel Ayala, Proquest
Location: McCormick Place, W196c (This event requires pre-registration and is full.)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM    Dark Web for All!: Exploring the Implications of the Dark Web for Privacy and Intellectual Freedom

While library professionals are constantly in search of ways to better preserve the privacy and freedom of speech of their patrons, one of the greatest advancements in this area of internet technology has already existed for years. There are many misconceptions about the Dark Web: what it is, the philosophy of this network, the intended audience, and what benefits it can provide to the average user. This presentation dispels some of the myths and misconceptions about the Dark Web, and illustrates how the Dark Web can be a powerful tool for all libraries.

Speaker: Brady Lund, Graduate Student, Library Staff  Emporia State University-Emporia
Location: McCormick Place, W181a

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM    Cyberlaw for Information Professionals

Law often dictates the “ground floor” for both technology and policy. Developers, librarians, and other information professionals need to stay on top of the latest tech and legal policy developments, and understand how they have changed, even over the last 5 years. This interactive session aims to update our colleagues on legal topics such as internet jurisdiction, digital accessibility and intellectual property, DMCA, privacy and government technology

Speaker: Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
Location: McCormick Place, W181c


Sunday, June 25

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM    IFC Privacy Subcommittee Meeting

Business and planning meeting for the Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee; all are welcome to attend and participate.

Location: McCormick Place, W194a

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM    Collecting Library Data: Policies and Data Management Procedures for Improvement

Many academic libraries look to standardize internal data collection to improve data-driven decision making and library advocacy. However, methods for data gathering, storage, and use vary tremendously. Resources from research data management (RDM) services can provide tools and solutions. This program will review current challenges, recommend RDM best practices that can apply, identify where additional policies may be necessary, and highlight larger ethical issues around patron privacy. Implementation experiences for academic institutions will be shared.

Moderator:  Abigail Goben, Ass’t Info. Services Librarian and Ass’t Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Speakers: Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;  Sara Mannheimer, Data Management Librarian, Montana State University;  Jenica Rogers , Director of Libraries and College Archives, Dorf Endowed Director of Applied Learning, State University of New York at Potsdam

Location: McCormick Place, W185d


Monday, June 26

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Practical Privacy for the Library: An Intellectual Freedom Issues Briefing

Efforts to roll back privacy laws and regulations and the unchecked collection and use of individuals’ online data are challenging libraries’ ability to protect their patrons’ privacy. Learn about the tools and tactics you and your library can employ to implement practical and cost-effective tactics for protecting your users’ online privacy. This fast-paced presentation will identify the most pressing privacy issues in libraries and provide practical solutions to those issues that will help secure your patrons’ data and shield them from unwanted surveillance. Topics to be addressed include configuring and managing the integrated library system; using encryption to secure the privacy of data and communications, including instruction on how to install free HTTPS certificates on library websites using Let’s Encrypt; and providing anonymous web browsing using TOR and other tools.

Speakers: Michael Robinson, Chair of the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Privacy Subcommittee and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage; Galen Charlton, infrastructure manager at the Equinox Open Library Initiative and a developer for the Evergreen and Koha open source ILS projects; Bill Marden New York Public Library Director of Data Privacy and Compliance.

Location: McCormick Place, W178a

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  The Data Privacy Project – Everything You Thought You Knew (But May Have Had Wrong) About Privacy

Join us for this interactive session where you’ll test your privacy knowledge and imagine yourself as one of your patrons, navigating their privacy worries and considering the proactive steps that they can take. You’ll learn more about the history, partners, and outputs of the Data Privacy Project, an IMLS-funded project resulting in training hundreds of librarians across the New York metropolitan area and creating curriculum for library staff everywhere. We’ll also look at a few future privacy projects coming out of the Data Privacy Project.

Location: McCormick Place, W190a