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?
It’s possible to balance privacy and usability successfully in a public library setting. It takes careful selection, communication, and education.
Have you ever thought about privacy in the context of wellness? Digital wellness is an approach that seeks to align wellness goals and habits with respect to technology use and the benefits of privacy for well-being. Digital wellness is about exercising conscientious connectivity to achieve a healthy balance between the benefits and harms of technology and personal information disclosure.
Even during a public health emergency, libraries should continue to adhere to their mission and stand by the law and ethical standards that govern the provision of library services.
In almost every library or educational organization in which I have been involved there has been an explicit acquiescence to the inevitable intrusion of ed-tech into our students’ lives. We have to resist and demand that technology meets our educational and community values, rather than the other way round.