Wednesday, February 8, 2017

More Resources to Help Libraries with Privacy

As discussed before, digital privacy is a topic that librarians are becoming more interested in. There are numerous resources out there for librarians to train themselves, their staff, and their patrons on digital privacy. However, the information available can take time to go over, process, and then apply to one's library. The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) recognized this and recently released a Library Privacy Checklist: http://www.ala.org/lita/advocacy.
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The Library Privacy Checklist consists of seven areas:
  1. Overview
  2. Data Exchange Between Networked Devices and Services
  3. E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors
  4. Library Management Systems / Integrated Library Systems
  5. Library Websites, OPACs, and Discovery Services
  6. Public Access Computers and Networks
  7. Students in K-12 Schools
Each of these is organized into three priority groups. Priority 1 lists actions that all libraries can take to improve privacy practices. This is the basic level of actions each library should take. Priorities 2 and 3 require more technical expertise, available resources, and organizational structure to implement. These Priorities can be accomplished over time when the library has time or technical expertise increases. 

There are more digital privacy resources available here: http://www.ala.org/lita/advocacy and here: https://libraryfreedomproject.org/resources/. Share your digital privacy tips and questions on the WI Public Library Technology Google Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103293254710653612300


Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team