Protecting Patron Privacy

Sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield

Recorded on 08/28/2017
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 5

Protecting Patron Privacy book cover. Dark blue background with data chip squiggles. Book title and editor names in white.

In this first of four episodes about how, and why, libraries should protect the digital privacy of their patrons, Bobbi Newman and Bonnie Tijerina, editors of Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide, talk about how their book project came together, the broader privacy issues libraries need to be aware of, and the challenges they face. What are the specific privacy policies, laws, and regulations librarians should be advocating for? How should they empower patrons to understand how personal data is being used and what they’re getting for it?

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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.

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