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Week 4: Vendors


While librarians have always considered privacy among our most sacred core values, our in-library practices leave a lot to be desired. Recent privacy issues with vendors like Kanopy,, and Gale Analytics have brought to light the abysmal privacy practices of library vendors. And while it's easy to criticize these outside parties, our internal privacy policies could also use a lot of work.

- vendor violations, some of the history and current - review vendor agreements (then breakout group discussion) - advocacy work - where ALA is in this - clarivate and other mergers, political and financial history





  • Lecture, readings, discussion forum
  • Schedule final project checkin with Alison

collection of vendor policies saved in docs

Trying to get vendors to answer questions about what data they collect/ what they do with it -- they dontknow or they wont tell you

Pick a few things to cover this with in the class

Vendor agreements