Choose Privacy Week 2016

CPW 2016 Demands Respect for Minors’ Privacy

This year, Choose Privacy Week highlights the need to respect and protect student and minors’ privacy, especially in a time when technology, mobile computing, social media, and the growing adoption of “big data” analytics pose new threats to young people’s privacy. Students in particular are increasingly subject to tracking and monitoring, as schools turn to web-based apps, on-demand delivery of personalized content, virtual forums, social media, and other interactive technologies to deliver educational content and monitor student behavior both on- and off-campus. This year’s theme, “Respect Me, Respect My Privacy” not only seeks to raise awareness of the growing threats to minors’ personal privacy, but to inspire a new regard for young people’s civil rights and personal dignity.

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Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library: A Planning and Programming Webinar for Choose Privacy Week

FREE WEBINAR! Is your library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2016? The ALA’s IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom will offer solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will educate and engage your library users and provide an update on current privacy issues confronting libraries today.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12 Noon Eastern/11:00 a.m. Central/10:00 a.m. Mountain / 9:00 am Pacific.

James LaRue to head ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation

We welcome the appointment of James LaRue, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, and Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation, effective January 4, 2016. In his application, LaRue noted “My passion for this core principle of librarianship is tightly bound with my own history. For me, librarianship – and life – is predicated on a respect for the fundamental dignity of individual inquiry.”