Balancing Patron Privacy and Library Performance: Highlight Episode

Sponsored by ACRL

Recorded on 01/22/2018
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 24

With data breaches like those that struck Equifax, Target, and a host of organizations varying from industrial to governmental, how can libraries best protect their patrons data and, more fundamentally, their privacy? When is it ok to pass along data to a vendor? What policies best reflect the ideals and values of libraries and librarians? In this retrospective episode, Bobbi Newman and Bonnie Tijerina address these issues and many more that face the contemporary librarian.

Listen to the Protecting Patron Privacy episodes here.


About the guests:

Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, and an international speaker. She is a Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine where she helps public libraries meet the health information needs of their communities. She is the author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day and in 2011 was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She has served on national initiatives from ALA, LITA, OITP, Pew, and NISO.

Bonnie Tijerina is a Researcher at Data & Society Research Institute a research institute focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development. There she focuses on library support in big data research and online privacy education in libraries. Bonnie has worked in libraries for over 10 years, most recently as the Head of Electronic Resources and Serials at Harvard University. Bonnie has written and presented on new roles for librarians and the ways libraries can support their communities in the digital world. She is founder and President of ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) conference and organization. She is co-founder of Designing for Digital, a meeting of UX and design professionals from tech, media, academia, and libraries. She tweets @bonlth.


About the Music:
The intro and outro music in Authority File is “Grapes,” mixed by I dunno. The transition music is “Peace ( There’s A better Way ),” mixed by Loveshadow. The music is available on ccMixter, and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (cc-by 4.0).