Library 2.016 : Privacy in the Digital Age

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We're excited to announce the first of three Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Privacy in the Digital Age," March 16th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone).

In this focused conversation, we will address the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing?

We'll hear from a variety of library professionals as well as keynote Speakers: Lee Rainie; Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research; Pew Research Center; Jamie Larue, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; Jonathan Hernández, Associate Researcher, Library and Information Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; and Alison Macrina, Director, Library Freedom Project.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE to attend live or to receive the recording links.

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Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 and #privacy on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.


We will have a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. The call for proposals is HERE. We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit.


The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Verify that you are using a compatible version of Java (Complete Steps 1 and 2). Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.


Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Deputy Director, American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom

Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is a recovering attorney and former appellate litigator who now works closely with librarians, library trustees and educators on a wide range of intellectual freedom and privacy issues, including book challenges, Internet filtering, meeting room policies, government surveillance, and the impact of new technologies on library patrons’ privacy and confidentiality. She has served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops and speaks frequently to librarians and library organizations around the country about intellectual freedom and privacy in libraries.

Jonathan Hernández
Associate researcher in the Library and Information Institute at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Jonathan Hernández, is an associate researcher in the Library and Information Institute at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), also is a member of the board of the National Association of Librarians (CNB). His research interests include: Internet censorship, privacy and freedom of expression.

Jamie Larue
Director, American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom

My name is James (Jamie) LaRue. I have been passionately in love with libraries since I was about 6 years old. I founded the Library Club in 7th Grade (really). I worked as a circulation clerk through college at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL (the most misnamed town in America). I founded an all-volunteer library in rural Arivaca, AZ. I worked as a clerk and graduate assistant at the Graduate Library of the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign. After a couple of other hops and skips, I became director of the county library system in Douglas County, Colorado, then ranked as one of the worst public libraries in the state. Sixteen years later, it was ranked as one of the top public libraries not just in the nation, but globally.

For a couple of years, I teamed up with some talented associates as a writer, speaker, and consultant. As of January, 2016, I have accepted a position as the director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Alison Macrina
Director, Library Freedom Project

Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading.

Lee Rainie
Director of Internet, Science, and Technology Research | Pew Research Center

Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet, Science, and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the internet.

His Project was described by the American Sociological Association as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity” and the ASA awarded him and the Internet Project its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues award” in 2014.

The Project has issued more than 600 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The Center also has launched a sustained study of the intersection of science and society. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at:

Lee is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system with sociologist Barry Wellman about the social impact of the internet and cell phones. He is also co-author of five books about the future of the internet that are based on Project surveys about the subject.

Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report.


Jessamyn West
Open Library

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She helps run the Internet Archive's Open Library project and writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.

The Digital Divide and Privacy Concerns

What are the things we need to think about when introducing novice users to the concepts of online privacy and their own reluctance to get online because of privacy concerns?

Kelley Cotter
Marketing + Electronic Communications Librarian, Gumberg Library at Duquesne University

Kelley Cotter is the Marketing & Electronic Communications Librarian at Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. As part of her professional responsibilities, she has managed library social media pages for over three and a half years. Her research interests revolve around the use of social media for information and information literacy as it relates to social media.

Protecting Our Principles and Patrons’ Privacy on Social Media: Libraries Sharing Without 'Oversharing.

Social media has become an essential means of connecting with others, which makes it particularly useful to libraries as a tool for user outreach and engagement. However, social media also challenges our professional principles and practices related to privacy by encouraging users to make their private lives public and blurring the boundaries of acceptable information sharing . As libraries adopt social media for marketing and outreach, the American Library Association’s principles related to privacy warrant further consideration and updating. This session presents the findings from a study of how librarians and library staff perceive and handle issues of patron privacy related to social media marketing in libraries. The findings will help further discussion of how libraries and librarians can and should consider protecting patron privacy in their use of social media for marketing, what library users should expect, and how to shape change through dialogue and policy development.

T.J. Lamanna
Adult Service Librarian at the Cherry Hill Public Library

Librarian. Like if Ferris Bueller and Jack Nicholson's Joker had a baby. PGP: CA61 8C83 4186 4851 91A2 4F04 11BC BF86 E5DC E2EE

Tor Relays Using Raspberry Pi.

This session would show librarians and activists how to set up a Tor Relay using a Raspberry Pi. Tor Relays are integral in creating a safe and private Tor network. This program works on getting librarians involved in creating a more private world for their patrons and beyond. Not only will you leave with the ability to create a Tor Relay but this is fantastic opportunity to learn more about Tor and what it means in your community.

Martyn Wade
Chair, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

I have a strong commitment and enthusiasm for the benefits that libraries can offer in supporting the right to free access to information and the entitlement to learning and education. My commitment has been reflected in my work throughout my career. I started as a Trainee Librarian in the County Reference Library in Northumberland and worked for a number of authorities until I was appointed as Head of Libraries, Information and Learning in Glasgow City Council in 1999. In 2002 I was the first public librarian to be appointed as National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland, a role which provides me with a clear understanding of academic and research libraries. Throughout my career I have focussed on developing accessible, innovative services aimed at meeting the needs of users, citizens and society. In 2010 I was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Department of Information Studies, University of Aberystwyth, and in 2011 Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University. I am Trustee of several charities and am experienced in strategic, finance and governance issues. I believe that my enthusiasm, professional skills and experience will enable me to be an effective Trustee working in the interest of CILIP’s members.

The 'Right to be Forgotten' and its impact on Libraries and Librarians

There is always a tension between the 'right to know' and 'the right to privacy', both of which are seen as important in human rights. The near ubiquity of the internet is now being matched by the ability of search engines to identify and make visible personal information and most search engines have been willing to consider removing such information upon request. In parts of the world this has now moved into the legal sphere with some jurisdictions requiring search engines to remove certain personal information. This has become known as 'The Right to be Forgotten'. This paper looks at the background to the Right to be Forgotten, and discusses the recent IFLA statement on this subject.

Shahid Buttar
Director of Grassroots Advocacy Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Shahid leads EFF's grassroots and student outreach efforts. He's a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance. Since graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, Shahid worked in private practice promoting campaign finance reform and marriage equality for same-sex couples, built the communications team at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, and founded the program to combat racial & religious profiling at Muslim Advocates. From 2009 to 2015, he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director. Outside of work, he DJs and produces electronic music, kicks rhymes, writes poetry & prose, and speaks truth to power on Truthout.

Apple vs. FBI, State Privacy Laws, and Library Patrons

What's at stake in Apple's fight to defend security and privacy from the latest government power grab? Where do libraries fit in? And how can librarians help defend constitutional rights at time when other government agencies increasingly ignore or violate them?

Barbara Bailey, Peter Chase, + Janet Nocek

Barbara Bailey has been a librarian for over 30 years. She holds a masters in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island and is currently the Director of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury, Ct. In July 2005 she was President of Library Connection, Inc, (LCI) a consortium of 27 libraries in the greater Hartford, CT area, that share an online library system, when it received a National Security Letter (NSL) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) demanding patron information. LCI sued the Attorney General of the United States on the grounds that the nondisclosure statement, or gage, that accompanied an NSL violated our First Amendment rights. Ultimately, our gag was lifted and the case dismissed.

Peter Chase was the long time chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee for the Connecticut Library Association and Director of the Plainville Public Library for 35 years until his retirement last November. He was one of the four Connecticut Librarians who refused to release information about library patrons in response to a demand in a National Security Letter from the FBI and instead successfully sued the agency over the legality of such demands.

Janet Nocek, Library Director, Portland Library. Janet Nocek worked in public libraries for more than 40 years in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Janet earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a Master’s of Science in Library Science at Simmons College. Married to Michael Nocek and mother of two pets, a canine and a feline. Interests include hiking and nature. The Director of Portland Public Library enjoys the sense of community and support in her small town. She was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts - where the historical documentation of the witch hunts provided great lessons in the need for due process.

A Current Update on Library Records, Privacy, and National Security Letters.

Brief overview of Doe vs. Gonzalez, updates on Patriot Act and National Security Letters, why privacy is important in libraries and tips for keeping patron information private. Best practices for protecting patron confidentiality will be discussed.

Raymond Pun
First Year Student Success Librarian at the California State University, Fresno

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian in California State University, Fresno. He previously worked in NYU Shanghai and the NYPL as a research services librarian. His research interests include data management, digital scholarship services, international librarianship, and first year experience.

The ALA's Core Value of Intellectual Freedom in China: Challenges and Progressions.

This presentation covers the importance and relevance of one of the American Library Association (ALA) Core Values of Librarianship: Intellectual Freedom in China in the historical context. How has the ALA fostered a culture of intellectual freedom in this country with starkly different political views and cultural ideas? Exploring China's past from 1960s to today's digital era, the presentation offers perspective on the historical development of China's censorship policies in relations to intellectual free and emphasize how this Core Value still plays a vital role in the country through international library cooperation and Sino-American partnership universities in the 21st century.

M. Ryan Hess
Senior Librarian for Information Technology at the City of Palo Alto Library

M Ryan Hess is Senior Librarian for Information Technology at the Palo Alto City Library, responsible for supporting and developing the Library eBranch and website. Prior to Palo Alto, he was the Digital Services Coordinator at DePaul University Library, responsible for coordinating digital and web services. Ryan also worked for Adobe Systems as a research specialist.

Make Your Library a Privacy and Security Resource.

Everyone wants your data. Government agents, criminals and hackers are exploiting holes in the Internet but also the general lack of public awareness or outright ambivalence toward protecting personal data. But being careful can be easy without giving up many of the conveniences and user experiences people expect. Libraries have traditionally played a role in defending privacy and securing our intellectual data from those that wish to snoop. In this tour of privacy and security tools, librarians can dip their toe in the emerging ecosystem of web services and best practices such as VPN services, password managers, encrypted email and text and better social networking habits that can make everyone safe and secure. These tools and tips can then be shared through new services, programming and patron interactions at your library.

Julie Oborny
Web Librarian at the San José Public Library

Julie Oborny is a web librarian for San José Public Library. Her primary responsibilities focus on usability, data analytics, and our library's Drupal website.

She was on the design and development team for San José Public Library's Virtual Privacy Lab--a free resource that helps people build personalized toolkits for optimizing their online privacy. Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Learn more at

San José Public Library's Virtual Privacy Lab

Learn about San José Public Library's Virtual Privacy Lab, a free online resource that can help you and your patrons build personalized toolkits for optimizing online privacy. | Scary. Overwhelming. Tedious. These are just a few of the words San José Public Library patrons used to describe how they felt about online privacy. This session will illustrate the process of transforming a broad, intimidating topic like online privacy into a learning opportunity that is personal, approachable, actionable, and reusable.

Bonnie Tijerina, Melissa Morrone, + Audrey Evans

Bonnie Tijerina, Researcher at Data & Society Research Institute; President & Founder of Electronic Resources and Libraries. Bonnie Tijerina is a librarian, entrepreneur, and library community convener. She is founder and president of Electronic Resources & Libraries conference and organization, created to facilitate communication and foster collaboration among information management and e-resources professionals in libraries. She is currently working on projects at Data & Society, a think/do tank in NYC focused on social, cultural and ethical impact of data-centric technological development. Her current grant-funded work includes digital privacy and data literacy training and research in the area of ethics in big data research. Before Data & Society, Bonnie worked in libraries for over ten years.

Melissa Morrone, Supervising Librarian, Information Commons, Brooklyn Public Library. Melissa Morrone is Supervising Librarian in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library in New York City. In partnership with New America's OTI, Data & Society, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council, she is working on the Data Privacy Project to connect library staff with resources supporting digital privacy literacy. Melissa is also the editor of Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond and has written about libraries, technology, and privacy. Twitter is @InfAgit

Audrey Evans, Independent Research Consultant. Audrey Evans is a librarian, researcher, and community builder. After working as the Head of Research for the nonprofit crowdfunding startup Dollar a Day, Audrey became interested in bringing together the tech community with the library community to address digital privacy literacy issues. Previously, she was a law librarian and researcher at Davis Polk & Wardwell where she developed a deep understanding of the relationship between technology, law, and policy and the importance of both technical and legal literacy in today's society. She wants to use her experience in each of these domains to advocate for the public interest, defend civil liberties, and strengthen civil society. My twitter is audrey_renee.

Working with Technologists on Digital Privacy Literacy in Libraries

Digital privacy literacy instruction for the public has to begin with an understanding of library staff’s own digital privacy literacy levels and information needs. A staff training curriculum development process can start with gathering real-world questions that come up in libraries, while also tapping into the expertise within communities of technologists. This panel will explore the value of librarians working alongside technologists to better ascertain and meet staff training needs, develop digital privacy literacy curricula, and build resources and programming around the topic.