Privacy Gaps in Mediated Library Services

Wednesday, March 20 | 8:30AM–9:15AM ET | Room 553
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Privacy underpins both individual agency and societal intellectual freedom. In this presentation, we will examine how patron privacy is protected in theory and practice when accessing electronic resources. We find that the transition to digital content has created significant gaps in privacy protections: when the library provides content through third-party services, patron data may be used in unanticipated ways that conflict with library and patron values.

Outcomes: Recognize core privacy principles for libraries * Increase your familiarity with privacy controls * Understand the potential privacy risks posed by vendor-mediated content * Identify potential strategies to reduce these risks


  • Micah Altman

    Research Scientist, Center for Research in Equitable and Open Scholarship, MIT

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  • Privacy Gaps in Mediated Library Services

    Updated on 7/21/2024