About This Course
The relationship status between privacy and libraries is "It's complicated." Privacy is a basic patron right and a core tenet in professional ethics and standards. Libraries market themselves as protectors and advocates of privacy. However, the reality of how libraries use patron data complicates the library's ability to be privacy protector and advocate and, in some cases, contradicts these roles. Libraries need patron data for their library to function and to survive in a world that ties performance to budgets and resources, but how can libraries be good data privacy stewards while meeting operational needs in this complicated data reality?
This course will provide foundational knowledge around libraries, data, and privacy for learners who are new to libraries or who want a place to start their library privacy journey.
Becky Yoose, founder of and Library Data Privacy Consultant for LDH Consulting Services, is the instructor for this course, which was offered as a four-week course in February 2021.