Open and Shut: Privacy and Data Literacy for Library Staff
Since the early twentieth century, public libraries across the United States have defended the privacy rights of its patrons.
Yet, as networked digital tools become more sophisticated at collecting, storing, and sharing information about us, patrons’ privacy needs are changing—and putting pressure on library professionals to respond to new challenges. Together with the Metropolitan New York Library Council, my organization—the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute—aims to meet those needs with a proposed project on privacy and data literacy for library staff.
The goal is quite simple: engage frontline staff—especially those librarians that work with vulnerable populations—in education, awareness, and... Read more