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Toward a Shared Vision of Privacy Protections in Public Libraries
Saturday, 30/Oct/2021:
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Salon C, Lobby Level, Marriott

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Topics: Privacy and Ethics
Keywords: Privacy Protections, Public Library

Toward a Shared Vision of Privacy Protections in Public Libraries

Masooda Bashir1, Alison Macrina2, Bill Marden3, Celeste Choate4, Marshall Breeding5

1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; 2Library Freedom Project, USA; 3The New York Public Library, USA; 4The Urbana Free Library, USA; 5Library Technology Guides, USA

This workshop is dedicated to patron-privacy protections in public libraries welcomes all participants who are public librarians, information technology experts, or academic researchers interested in data privacy. Prof. Masooda Bashir, who was recently awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) /National Leadership Grant (NLG) to study this topic, will lead the workshop. Participants will learn about new research in this field, hear from experts on their approaches to patron privacy, and have an opportunity to discuss possible steps forward for public libraries in the United States. Panelists will share how different libraries, with varying clienteles, deal with patron privacy concerns. Discussions will culminate in a draft for an open-access guide that identifies the specific challenges public libraries face in protecting patron privacy, lists best practices, and establishes a network of collaborators who will develop a shared vision to tackle this problem. The workshop aims to support public libraries’ ongoing efforts to promote equitable access to information and safeguard users’ privacy, particularly for low-income populations and minority communities, who are often both frequent users of public-library digital resources and at risk for violations of their personal privacy.