Being Practical about Privacy: Preparing for Choose Privacy Week

American Library Association. Office of Intellectual Freedom. Logos for Choose Privacy Week used with permission from the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Every year libraries celebrate Choose Privacy Week from May 1-7, and this year’s theme is “Practical Privacy Practices.”

Get an Early Start!

On April 13, there will be a one-hour free webinar reviewing privacy practices librarians can take in three areas:

  • Installing free HTTPS certificates on your websites using Let’s Encrypt (presenter: Mike Robinson, head of systems at the Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage),
  • Providing anonymous web browsing using TOR browser and other tools (presenter: Alison Macrina, founder of the Library Freedom Project and,

Sign up for the webinar at the Office for Intellectual Freedom eLearning web page. Webinars are recorded and available for later on-demand viewing.

During Choose Privacy Week…

American Library Association. Office of Intellectual Freedom. Logos for Choose Privacy Week used with permission from the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Throughout Choose Privacy Week, ten bloggers will share their practical privacy tips, tricks, and guidance.

  • Introduction to CPW and its theme, Mike Robinson, chair of the ALA IFC Privacy Subcommittee
  • Anonymizing/de-identifying patron data, Becky Yoose, Library Applications and Systems Manager, Seattle Public Library
  • Data exchange, Galen Charlton, Infrastructure Manager, Equinox Open Library Initiative
  • Public computing, Matt Beckstrom, Systems Librarian, Lewis & Clark Library, Helena, Montana
  • Negotiating contracts with vendors, Eric Stroshane, Library Development Specialist, North Dakota State Library
  • Writing privacy policies, Nancy Kranich, Special Projects Librarian for Rutgers University Libraries
  • Piwik alternative to Google Analytics, Adam Chandler, Maureen Morris, and Melissa Wallace
  • Checklists for Library Privacy Guidelines, Sarah Houghton, Director for the San Rafael Public Library, California

Choose Privacy Week Website Redesign

Coming soon, the Choose Privacy Week official website will undergo a redesign. Check out the new look!

Practical Privacy Resources for School Librarians

Use these resources to plan for a great Choose Privacy Week celebration and protect your students’ privacy all year long:

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Author: Helen Adams

A former school librarian in Wisconsin, Helen Adams is a new online instructor for Antioch University-Seattle in the areas of intellectual freedom, privacy, and copyright. A member of the AASL Knowledge Quest Advisory Board, the ALA American Libraries Advisory Committee, and the ALA Privacy Subcommittee, and a KQ blogger, she is the author of Protecting Intellectual Freedom and Privacy in Your School Library (Libraries Unlimited, 2013). Email: hadams1@centurytel.net



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