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Thursday, March 15 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Privacy in Principle, Policy, and Practice

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This session will explore protections for patron privacy, and the challenges to them from contemporary library systems and practices. In particular, we will discuss how patron privacy is enshrined in librarianship’s professional values, how it is managed in our institutional policies, and protected in law. We’ll examine the impact of the software we use and the licenses we sign on traditional notions of patron privacy.

We’ll provide context for this conversation with examples of the challenges we’ve grappled with at the University of Minnesota Libraries, and describe some of the best practices we’ve implemented.


Betsy Friesen

Director, Data Mgmt & Access, University of Minnesota Libraries
Alma, Alma Working Group
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Elaine Westbrooks

Director of Information Technology, University of Minnesota
Keynote speaker Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since August 2017.  She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries which... Read More →

Thursday March 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
JBD Lecture Hall Campus Center