I'm Interested in Privacy

How do changes in technology affect society's relationship to privacy? And how do libraries respond to this shift around one of our core principles? These programs explore privacy in a rapidly changing environment.

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Tracking on Our Terms: Perspectives from the National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics
Saturday 1:00PM - 2:00PM
This program will report on the activities and findings from the IMLS-funded National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics, a project that critically addresses library values and practices related to third-party analytics tracking on the web. Through an in-person forum and subsequent research and practice outputs, the project aims to transform our profession’s analytics practice. 

Library Confidentiality: Your Privacy is Our Business
Saturday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Protecting patron privacy has long been a tenet of libraries. In today’s environment of social media dominance, political partisanship, and big data collection and analysis, libraries continue their gate-keeping tradition. Participants in this program will learn about the policies, guidelines, ethics and laws behind the privacy and confidentiality standards that affect their libraries. Attendees will have several opportunities to share and explore cultural and policy approaches to privacy and confidentiality with their colleagues, while strategizing to resolve challenging patron privacy scenarios and policy concerns they may encounter at their own institutions. 


Casting Light on the Dark Web: Dispelling Myths and Using It to Preserve Your Anonymity
Sunday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
With all the concerns regarding changes to the way the Internet is used, to news articles related to the evils done on the Dark Web, it is necessary for librarians to understand how the dark web works, and how they can use it in their library. 

Setting Privacy Boundaries: Student Perspectives of Data Sharing and Use Practices for Library Learning Analytics
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Learning analytics is the “measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of [student and other data] for the purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.” Institutions and their libraries are adopting learning analytics technologies and methods to better understand these questions about student learning: What is happening?, Why did it happen?, What is likely to happen?, and What should we do about what could happen in the future? 

Privacy by Design
Sunday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Are you responsible for library programming, customer data, or outcomes-based planning? How much personally identifiable information is your organization collecting on registrations, your websites/apps, or your user experience research (e.g. survey results, interviews, or recordings from usability tests)? Do you know why privacy should be an essential design component to any one of those data collection points? Do you know how to fuse privacy into any one of those responsibilities? Get the answers to those questions in this panel session. 

Are You Going to Tell My Parents?: The Minor’s Right to Privacy in the Library
Sunday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
In the United States, minors possess First Amendment rights, which traditionally includes the right to read and receive information anonymously. This means minors have a right to privacy and confidentiality in what they read and view in the library. But for school and public libraries, this has often been a contentious issue. Is a minor mature and responsible enough to have a library card? Should we give parents access to their child's library record so they can pay a fine? Should libraries record and share a minors’ internet browsing habit with their parents? Does a 5 year old have the same right to privacy as a 14 year old? And how does Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) impact how libraries deal with minors’ privacy? 


Breaking New Ground with Analytics: A Case for Why Everything We Think We Know About Data and Privacy Might Be Wrong (and What We Can Do About It)
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Learning analytics are rapidly proliferating throughout higher education and acknowledged as an opportunity to support student learning and success. This campus trend follows what significant industries like healthcare have known for some time: to develop effective services, deep knowledge of individual differences, habits, and preferences provides a superior alternative to traditional “one-size-fits-all” approaches developed with “average” people in mind.

Instructional Technologies Tool Share and LITA Guide on Privacy
Monday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Come learn and share about instructional technologies! Our featured guest will be Bobbi Newman, co-editor of The LITA Guide Protecting Patron Privacy with Bonnie Tijerina We will have plenty of time to have an open discussion facilitated by LITA ITIG Chair Lilly Ramin, with a presentation from LITA Instructional Technologies members including Bree Kirsch.