Data Privacy Day 2012: “Should Librarians Care About Privacy Anymore?” A Webinar Featuring Barbara Jones

Intellectual Freedom Issues, Office for Intellectual Freedom, Privacy

As part of Data Privacy Day 2012, the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is sponsoring a special program and webinar in honor of its 80th anniversary, “Should Librarians Care About Privacy Anymore?”  The program will take place this Friday, February 3, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time in Peabody Hall, Room 08. The event will also be simulcast as a live webinar via Conference Streaming. There is no charge for admission.

The featured speaker is Barbara Jones, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Jones argues that libraries must continue to care about privacy and serve as a model for the world on how libraries protect their users’ privacy despite new technologies that may threaten library users’ privacy.   Jones will discuss how librarians can continue to play a leadership role in the privacy realm and review some of the groundbreaking privacy work the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has done with libraries and librarians, including the work done under its grant from the Open Society Foundations.

The program will include a panel discussion, which will include four panelists:

  • Anne Klinefelter, associate professor of Law and director of the UNC at Chapel Hill Law Library
  • Christopher (Cal) Lee, SILS associate professor
  • Zeynep Tufekci, SILS associate professor
  • Gary Marchionini, SILS Dean and panel moderator.

Those who plan to attend in person should register by writing or calling Wake Harper at or 919.962.8366.

**UPDATE:  Those who wish to view the live webinar need to pre-register by sending an email to Wake Harper at  To join the online conference after pre-registering, click on the following link below:

Online viewers should log on using these credentials: Username: guest; password: guest. After logging in, viewers should click on, and choose Quicktime from the drop down menu (do not choose the default, which is Windows Media Player.)  Viewers can log in up to a half hour earlier than the meeting begins.

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