I Love My Librarian recipient Cathy Evans shares about her “green-dot” collection, an assortment of books addressing awkward and uncomfortable issues that her students can take and read anonymously, bypassing typical library policies.
By: IFC Chair Julia Warga. The ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee formed the Facial Recognition Working Group in order to better understand the issues relating to this evolving technology and how it would impact the privacy of library users. We believe the work is urgent given that there are libraries and educational institutions who are beginning to adopt facial recognition software as a means of identifying authorized users and students.
By: guest contributors Callan Bignoli and Dustin Fife. However, and even if you can guess where we are going, we want to make two things unmistakably clear: There should be affordable and accessible tools that help anyone and everyone remember their history and archive it as they see fit. More importantly though, it should not be Google or any other major, data-driven, for-profit corporation.
Library Freedom Institute is now accepting applications for its 2020 cohort! Apply and see how far down the rabbit hole goes . . .
Untold numbers of Americans likely had their personal communications snagged in yet another FISA surveillance dragnet. So, where is the media coverage to inform corrective action and public oversight?
What does YouTube’s COPPA Compliance mean in the broader discussion about digital privacy? What does all of this have to do with libraries? Also, find out more about the privacy resources provided by ALA.
ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is continuing its partnership with ALA Publishing to offer two exciting eCourses early next year.
DNA from direct-to-consumer kits can help you find your ancestors–and potentially help law enforcement find you. See how genetic data raises privacy concerns even as it restores justice.
The increasing focus on privacy and antitrust issues, along with how to handle advertising via social media, could mean big changes on the horizon and librarians would do well to consider the potential implications and how we can help our patrons navigate and understand digital consumption.
The advent of self-service libraries is a radical approach to serving patrons with varying schedules, but negative consequences lurk behind expanded access. These unstaffed spaces rely on surveillance technology in order to keep the peace and protect their inventory.