How do changes in the delivery of library services affect the long held beliefs about the importance of protecting patron privacy? There have been many debates in recent years regarding the public library's duty to protect patron privacy, from browsing history on public computers to patron checkout information to patron data that is being shared with library vendors. The issues around privacy are complicated by the nature of the data libraries share, where they are stored and how they are used. Identifying these privacy concerns and understanding how to evaluate library resources is increasingly important. Understanding the diversity of thought is crucial to having the full picture when making decisions. Panelists will discuss how they define and understand patron privacy and how they use that knowledge to make decisions that affect the public. They will also discuss the technological issues specific to patron data and the broader landscape of data privacy. Finally, panelists will share their views on the future of data privacy.
Upon completion, participant will be able to demonstrate knowledge of differing approaches to mitigating risk related to patron privacy.
Upon completion, participant will be able to describe the current privacy landscape related to library digital resources, public computers and library systems.
Upon completion, participant will be able to identify privacy concerns related to library systems and resources and evaluate them using what they learned during the presentation.