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Week 7: Cybersecurity for librarians[edit]

  • Real time lecture: July 5th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


Hack. Breach. Ransomware. These words appear in the headlines daily, causing much fear and anxiety. This week, librarian-turned-cybersecurity professional Tracy Z. Maleeff will take us through the security side of things, which overlaps with privacy but has some important differences. She’ll help us get an understanding of Information Security vocabulary and best practices for the protection of personal and library data. She’ll cover what resources are available for the purposes of news monitoring, collection development, or training. You will come away from this session empowered with knowledge of how to create some defenses and deal with Information Security matters without fear, uncertainty, or doubt.

Learning objectives[edit]

  • Learn best practices for cybersecurity
  • Get an overview of the Information Security industry
  • Learn basic industry vocabulary to help comprehend industry news or create alerts
  • Get a list of recommended infosec resources
  • Take a deeper dive into passwords, social engineering, physical security, and end user security awareness/training


Five Tech Trends Driving Cybersecurity In 2019

What Are The Biggest Cybersecurity Threats In 2019?

80 Eye-Opening Cyber Security Statistics for 2019

Guest lecturer[edit]

Tracy Z. Maleeff, infosec professional and former librarian


  • How do privacy and security overlap? How do they differ?
  • How might you incorporate cybersecurity competencies into privacy classes?
  • How is your library already practicing cybersecurity? How could it improve?


  • Lecture, readings, discussion forum, and small group work
  • Post on the discussion forum about your small group work progress, including links to relevant drafts or outlines
  • Schedule one-on-one checkins with Alison