Entries Tagged as ‘Technology’

May 6, 2015

Wanted: Bloggers

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking bloggers! The OIF Blog is undergoing a few updates and we are taking this opportunity to increase the quality, quantity, and variety of the content we share. We are composing a volunteer group that will consist of several members that alternate responsibility […]

May 4, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Patron Privacy in Online Catalogs and Discovery Services

By Marshall Breeding Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week Concern for keeping records related to the details and borrowing activity of patrons has been a longstanding priority for libraries. We expect integrated library systems and related applications to include features to handle any data that specifically identifies a patron securely. As with any computer application, security […]

May 3, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Strong Passphrases for Privacy and Security

By Alison Macrina Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but your password sucks. I know you use the same one for everything, and it probably contains some personally identifiable information – your dad’s birthday, your pet’s name, the year of your anniversary. Even if you think […]

April 30, 2015

Choose Privacy Week 2015: Who’s Reading the Reader?

By Michael Robinson Chair, ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee (Crossposted from the Choose Privacy Week blog.) It feels like online privacy has taken a step closer to center stage in libraryland in 2015. For years, a number of librarians have been advocating that libraries and the ecology of vendors and publishers they do business with need to […]

November 6, 2013

OIF provides tips for libraries under fire

Reprinted from The Scoop blog. For a full summary of the Orland Park Public Library controversy, read the entire post:  Illinois Library Comes Under Fire “Sometimes libraries that are doing ‘all the right things’ pay a price for their excellence through uncivil attacks and attempts to dismantle their work,” Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office […]

July 29, 2013

Tomorrow: Free Google Hangout “Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later”

Re-posted from ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch Blog Join us tomorrow for “Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later,” a national online symposium that will consider the impact of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on access to electronic information. Librarians nationwide can join the virtual conversation with two Google Hangouts on Tuesday, July 30. The first […]

February 26, 2013

Free webinar on self-service holds March 19!

Is your library considering a move to self-service holds (also known as open-shelf holds)? Such systems have enabled many libraries to successfully continue user hold services despite staff cuts and budget reductions. But some of these systems may compromise privacy and confidentiality by linking personally identifiable information with the specific materials on hold. Such practices […]

February 18, 2013

IFAction Round-Up, February 11—17, 2013

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from February 11 —February 17, 2013. […]

February 6, 2013

IFAction Round-Up, January 14-February 3, 2013

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from January 14 —February 3, 2013. […]

January 15, 2013

IFAction Round-Up, January 1-13, 2013

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from January 1-January 13, 2013.   […]