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May 02

User Privacy: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2018)

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 11:41 AM by Brian Herder

User Privacy

User Privacy: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2018)

Matthew Connolly

Rowman & Littlefield


Personal data in the online world has become a commodity. Coveted by criminals, demanded by governments, and used for unsavory purposes by marketers and advertisers, your private information is at risk everywhere. For libraries and librarians, this poses a professional as well as a personal threat. How can we protect the privacy of library patrons and users who browse our online catalogs, borrow sensitive materials, and use our public computers and networks?

User Privacy: A Practical Guide for Librarians answers that question. Through simple explanations and detailed, step-by-step guidance, library professionals will learn how to strengthen privacy protections for:

  • Library policies

  • Wired and wireless networks

  • Public computers

  • Web browsers

  • Mobile devices    

  • Apps

  • Cloud computing

Each chapter begins with a "threat assessment" that provides an overview of the biggest security risks - and the steps that can be taken to deal with them. Also covered are techniques for preserving online anonymity, protecting activists and at-risk groups, and the current state of data encryption.