[Libs-Or] Tuesday Topic - protecting patron privacy online

Krista Reynolds kmreynolds at cu-portland.edu
Tue Feb 17 11:26:34 PST 2015

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Tuesday Topic Information Project
of the OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee
Are you a ninja librarian?

Libraries are charged with keeping patron records and reference transactions confidential, preventing the disclosure of personally identifiable information, and blocking unauthorized access by law enforcement agencies to library records such as online search histories and circulation data.

Librarian Alison Macrina at the Watertown Free Public Library in Massachusetts has earned that title after working with her local ACLU to develop privacy rights workshops for other libraries in the northeast. Read her story of radical action here<http://boingboing.net/2014/09/13/radical-librarianship-how-nin.html>.

What can you do to help patrons avoid digital surveillance?
Ensure your library has a strong privacy policy and the best tools to manage:

*         Web server logs

*         Browser caches and bookmarks

*         Personalization profiles
Learn more!

Attend the following conference sessions at OLA:

*         Cybercreeps, Data Miners and Peeping Uncle Sams - Teaching Patrons about Privacy Online, Friday, April 17, 8:30 - 10:00am

*         Privacy Technology -- Tools for Protecting Your Patrons and Yourself on Public and Personal Computers, Friday, April 17, 11:00am - 12:30pm

(Full listings here: http://www.olaweb.org/conference-2015---friday-conference-sessions)

Ensure your privacy policy<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/privacyconfidentiality/toolkitsprivacy/Developing-or-Revising-a-Library-Privacy-Policy> is up-to-date and that staff understand it.
Review ALA's guidelines for developing a policy to make sure you have addressed the "Fair Information Practice Principles:" rights of Notice, Choice, Access, Emerging Technologies, Security and Enforcement. Information specific to academic, school, and public libraries is included.

Stay informed about privacy issues<http://epic.org/blog/>.
EPIC is an independent non-profit research center that works to protect privacy and freedom of expression. Follow their privacy rights blog for updates on government policy and news related to privacy.

Find privacy resources and more at the Intellectual Freedom Toolkit:

Tuesday Topic Information Project:
Intellectual Freedom Committee
Welcome to the next installment in a monthly series covering topics with intellectual freedom implications for libraries of all types.  Each message is prepared by members of OLA's Intellectual Freedom Committee.  Look for our message on a Tuesday each month of the academic year except December.  Questions can be directed to the IF Committee member who sent the message or to one of the co-chairs of the IFC<http://www.olaweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=159>.
Krista Reynolds
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Concordia University
kmreynolds at cu-portland.edu<mailto:kmreynolds at cu-portland.edu>

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