Friday, March 04, 2016

Sign Up Now - Fascinating New Sessions at "Privacy in the Digital Age" Virtual Mini-Conference

We're in the process of adding five fascinating new sessions to the Library 2.016 mini-conference: "Privacy in the Digital Age." This is a free event hosted by The Learning Revolution and School of Information at San José State University and takes place online March 16th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone). To register click here. To submit to present, see below!


  • Barbara Bailey, Janet Nocek, and Peter Chase, three of the four librarians who in 2005 challenged an FBI demand for patron records that came without a court order and forbid them from telling anyone they had received it. Their topic will be "A Current Update on Library Records, Privacy, and National Security Letters."
  • Kelly Cottler, from the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University, on "Protecting Our Principles and Patrons’ Privacy on Social Media: Libraries Sharing Without 'Oversharing.'"
  • Bonnie Tijerina, Melissa Morrone, and Audrey Evans (see their June 2015 panel discussion on this at TA3M NYC).
  • Jessamyn West, the rural "rarin' librarian" on "Approaching the Privacy Topic with Patrons."
  • Julie Oborny, Web Librarian at the San José Public Library, on their "Virtual Privacy Lab."
  • Martyn Wade, Chair of the IFLA Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Committee, on the IFLA Statement on the "Right to be Forgotten."
  • Raymond Pun, a First Year Student Success Librarian at the California State University, Fresno, on "The ALA's Core Value of Intellectual Freedom in China: Challenges and Progressions."
  • Shahid Buttar, Director of Grassroots Advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on the crucial importance of libraries in the fight to protect privacy rights and intellectual freedom.
  • T.J. Lamanna, Adult Service Librarian at the Cherry Hill Public Library, on "Tor Relays Using Raspberry Pi."

  • In this event, we will be addressing the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing?

    This is a free event. Please register to attend HERE.
    Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

    Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 and #privacy on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

    We will have a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. The call for proposals is HERE. We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit.


    Deborah Caldwell-Stone
    Deputy Director, American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is a recovering attorney and former appellate litigator who now works closely with librarians, library trustees and educators on a wide range of intellectual freedom and privacy issues, including book challenges, Internet filtering, meeting room policies, government surveillance, and the impact of new technologies on library patrons’ privacy and confidentiality. She has served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops and speaks frequently to librarians and library organizations around the country about intellectual freedom and privacy in libraries.

    Jonathan Hernández
    Associate researcher in the Library and Information Institute at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

    Jonathan Hernández, is an associate researcher in the Library and Information Institute at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), also is a member of the board of the National Association of Librarians (CNB). His research interests include: Internet censorship, privacy and freedom of expression.

    Jamie Larue
    Director, American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom

    My name is James (Jamie) LaRue. I have been passionately in love with libraries since I was about 6 years old. I founded the Library Club in 7th Grade (really). I worked as a circulation clerk through college at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL (the most misnamed town in America). I founded an all-volunteer library in rural Arivaca, AZ. I worked as a clerk and graduate assistant at the Graduate Library of the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign. After a couple of other hops and skips, I became director of the county library system in Douglas County, Colorado, then ranked as one of the worst public libraries in the state. Sixteen years later, it was ranked as one of the top public libraries not just in the nation, but globally.

    For a couple of years, I teamed up with some talented associates as a writer, speaker, and consultant. As of January, 2016, I have accepted a position as the director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

    Alison Macrina
    Director, Library Freedom Project

    Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading.

    Lee Rainie
    Director of Internet, Science, and Technology Research | Pew Research Center

    Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet, Science, and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the internet.

    His Project was described by the American Sociological Association as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity” and the ASA awarded him and the Internet Project its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues award” in 2014.

    The Project has issued more than 600 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The Center also has launched a sustained study of the intersection of science and society. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at:

    Lee is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system with sociologist Barry Wellman about the social impact of the internet and cell phones. He is also co-author of five books about the future of the internet that are based on Project surveys about the subject.

    Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report.

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