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Balancing Privacy & Innovation | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal

By Joseph Janes:

"Balancing Privacy & Innovation | Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal
This discussion involves two fundamental principles that underlie libraries and librarianship."

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"This discussion involves two fundamental principles that underlie libraries and librarianship. The first is a respect for the intellectual freedom of our clients and communities, which is why there is near-universal coverage of library circulation confidentiality laws, a recognition that a free people must be able to choose and explore materials and ideas freely without fear of what people might think. I, for one, don’t want anyone pawing through my circulation records, though if they can make a coherent story about all the stuff I take out, I’d like to hear it."

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How the digital shift is impacting on the Library's vision - privacy vs innovation!

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10 Online Privacy Tips for Librarians - iLibrarian

10 Online Privacy Tips for Librarians - iLibrarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Via gwynethjones
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Useful online privacy tips for everyone!

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Prima tips hoe je veiliger kunt surfen en bewegen op internet en social media platforms

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Privacy Settings in Social Media | Social Media Sun

Privacy Settings in Social Media | Social Media Sun | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
If an application offers advanced filtering, create your groups and organize your friends as you go to make it easier on yourself later on. Here is an overview and breakdown of the privacy settings on some of the different social media sites.

Via txwikinger, Errol A. Adams JD/MLS
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New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights | American Libraries Magazine

New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

Jennifer Petersen:

"Some of the highlights from the 2012 survey include:

1. Librarians remain concerned about privacy and individuals' desire to control access and use of personal information. Ninety-five percent agree or strongly agree that individuals should be able to control who sees their personal information, and more than 95 percent of respondents feel government agencies and businesses shouldn’t share personal information with third parties without authorization and should only be used for a specific purpose.
2. Librarians affirmed their commitment to the profession's long-standing ethic of protecting library users' privacy. Nearly 100 percent of respondents agreed that “Libraries should never share personal information, circulation records or Internet use records with third parties unless it has been authorized by the individual or by a court of law,” and 76 percent feel libraries are doing all they can to prevent unauthorized access to individual’s personal information and circulation records. Overall, nearly 80 percent feel libraries should play a role in educating the general public about privacy issues.
3. When compared to the 2008 survey, the results showed that the responses given by the 2012 respondents generally mirrored those of the 2008 respondents, with data showing a slight decline in the level of concern over privacy. For example, in both surveys, the vast majority (95 percent in 2008, 90 percent in 2012) of respondents expressed concern that "companies are collecting too much personal information about me and other individuals." However those who “strongly” agreed dropped from 70 percent in 2008 to only 54 percent in 2012."

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Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

"The library world was thrilled at the September 21 announcement that library vendor OverDrive had enabled its library customers to loan the ebooks they’d licensed from OverDrive to patrons with Kindle e-readers—provided that the ebooks were in Kindle-maker Amazon’s sales inventory. Since then, examination of the fine print between OverDrive and Amazon has caused ethical concerns to be raised in several arenas of library punditry, as American Libraries E-Content blogger Christopher Harris has summarized. Among those concerns is a perceived incursion on patron confidentiality because Kindle ebook borrowers must sync their e-readers to their Amazon accounts in order to receive the borrowed item."

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Technolust - the fifth column of the information counter-revolution

Hugh Rundle:

We are in an era of unprecedented change for libraries and the life of information. Bookstores throughout the western world are closing down. Libraries in the USA, UK and some in Australia are being defunded or closed. Many question the relevance of libraries, including some librarians. I am again surrounded by defeatists and the hopelessly optimistic. Many librarians appear to be searching for One Big Technology to save us. I believe that just like in Tasmania in the 1990s, this is a flawed search.

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There are many other systems for sharing ideas. Why do we need libraries? What is our ‘unique value proposition’?

Libraries are a system for sharing ideas

in a way underpinned by the values of

PRESERVATION, OPENNESS, FREEDOM and PRIVACY.

This is our ‘Unique Value Proposition’.


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The future of libraries lies in their unique value propositon! Good argument!

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Practical Tips For Online Privacy | LISNews - from a librarian's perspective

Blake:

"Staying Safe Online" that will cover a million and one tips on how to keep you and your computer safe.

Privacy is a relative term. That is, the things that I consider important to my privacy, someone else might not care about. As librarians we usually key in on Confidentiality Threats. We want our patrons records safe. We also don't share that information with ANYONE else. In general, we are fierce about protecting our patrons’ privacy. This is something that has always set us apart from everyone else. Amazon won't do it. Google won't do it. Do I even need to say Facebook won't do it? People who come into the library or use our web sites don't worry about what's going to happen with their information (or at least they shouldn't need worry about it). They should know we are doing our best to guard their privacy. Keeping all our IT resources secure should be a large part of guarding that privacy."

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Librarians Remain Concerned About Privacy Rights - Library Journal

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LJ: "Librarians Remain Concerned About Privacy Rights - Library Journal

As the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) awaits debate in the Senate, an overwhelming majority of librarians remain concerned about privacy rights and individuals' desire to protect and control access to their personal information, according to the preliminary findings of a study released by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. More than 95 percent of librarians who responded to the survey said that “government agencies and businesses shouldn’t share personal information with third parties without authorization and should only be used for a specific purpose,” according to a recent press announcement from ALA."

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Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 - Youtube

Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 - Youtube | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Youtube video edited by Greg Landgraf:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORJ_wQn6mjE&feature=player_embedded

 

"American Libraries presents its list of the top 10 library news stories of 2011, covering digitization, privacy, copyright, advocacy, and much more."

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