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Week 3: Privacy policies and best practices[edit]


While library workers have long considered privacy as a core value of librarianship, our practices often leave a lot to be desired. Strong privacy policies can be a foundation on which better privacy practices are built. This week, we'll talk about the components of a good privacy policy, addressing things like data collection and storage, law enforcement requests, futureproofing, and state laws governing library records. We'll also discuss implementing privacy policies, as well as patron education. We'll also begin talking about low-level best practices for privacy.



  • What are the elements of a good privacy policy?
  • Enforcement
  • ideas for getting started
  • ideas for future action


  • Lecture, readings, discussion forum

paper shredding, phone calls, hold slips

Law enforcement/CCTV readings during privacy policy stuff

glossary for understanding privacy policy and TOS

task -- how does your library's policy stack up. if you don't want to use your library's pick another