Meeting Archive:
The Changing Landscape of Library Privacy

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Meeting Description:
Do you have concerns about patron privacy at your library? Some argue that libraries should collect, retain, and use patron data to provide better personalized services to patrons. This is a serious challenge to the profession’s ethical commitment to protecting patron privacy, especially since many platforms providing these services are operated by vendors who may not share librarians’ professional values. We’ll explore these issues and discuss possible frameworks that allow libraries to provide personalized services while maintaining their commitment to protecting patron privacy.
Join us for this free webinar where we will hear from library privacy experts. Deborah Caldwell-Stone (ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom) will share the legal and ethical foundations for patron privacy, as well as resources that can be used to help libraries preserve privacy when adopting new technology. Michael Robinson (Intellectual Freedom Committee, Alaska Library Association) will share specific examples of how new technologies and platforms can pose a threat to patron privacy, and what can be done to minimize those threats in the library setting.
This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Please register for this webinar to receive an email notification when the archive is available.
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Date: Wed, Jun 15, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Crystal Schimpf
 Presenter Information
Deborah Caldwell-Stone
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Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Deputy Director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. An attorney by training, she works with librarians, trustees, and library users on a wide range of intellectual freedom issues, including book challenges, internet filtering, meeting room policies, and the impact of new technologies and the USA PATRIOT Act on library privacy.   

Michael Robinson
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Michael Robinson is Chair of the ALA's Intellectual Freedom Privacy Subcommittee and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has worked with technology in academic, public, and special libraries and is keenly interested how libraries use technology to provide access to information and services to users.

Crystal Schimpf
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Crystal is a librarian and trainer with a passion for program design and digital literacy. She has worked on training projects with the Colorado State Library, Infopeople, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Public Library Association. In addition to her work at TechSoup, she is the founder of Kixal, where she creates innovative training experiences for libraries and nonprofits.