January 31, 2012
Should Librarians Care About Privacy Anymore? Live stream for free UNC Chapel Hill conference on Feb. 3
Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), SILS is hosting in conjunction with ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and the UNC School of Law a presentation, titled, "Should Librarians Care About Privacy Anymore?" The event will feature Barbara M. Jones, director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom and a panel discussion with Anne Klinefelter, associate professor of Law and director of the UNC at Chapel Hill Law Library, Christopher (Cal) Lee, SILS associate professor and Zeynep Tufekci, SILS associate professor. SILS Dean, Gary Marchionini, will moderate the panel discussion.
Quoting from the conference abstract:
Libraries must and should care about privacy. We have a long legal tradition of creating and defending library confidentiality statutes in every state in the U.S. We serve as a model for the rest of the world in how we treat our user requests with such considerations for their privacy. We need to remain as a model as new technology in libraries threatens to compromise that legislation we fought so hard for. Libraries can only provide the best service if user privacy is ensured.
Libraries can continue to play a leadership role in this field, as we have with the unforeseen consequences of the USA PATRIOT Act. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has done some groundbreaking work in libraries with their grant from the Open Society Foundations. During her presentation, Jones will review some of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom activities past, present, and future.
Additional information including joining the conference via the live stream here.
SILS 80th Anniversary Event - "Should Librarians Care About Privacy Anymore?" A Webinar
Start Time: February 3, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Eastern)