Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries

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Concentrating on privacy issues in public, school and academic libraries, this title pays particular attention to the effect of technology on personal privacy in these settings. In depth discussions of the laws effecting personal privacy and privacy in library settings will be explored. Recent laws enacted that impact individual privacy are discussed and explained. Special attention is given to the USA Patriot Act. Appendices with core privacy documents, sample privacy and confidentiality policies and outlines for privacy audits to be implemented in staff training situations in all types of libraries will add to the practicality of the book for individual librarians. It will be both a helpful handbook and a guide to encourage further study on these complex issues. Of particular interest is the impact of personal privacy on issues of accessibility to online databases and other online information in academic libraries.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Authors Helen R. Adams, Robert F. Bocher, Carol A. Gordon, and Elizabeth Barry-Kessler discuss recent laws—including the USA Patriot Act—that have had an impact on individual privacy, and explore specific issues for each type of library. They consider the future of privacy and include sample privacy and confidentiality policies."


American Libraries

"These authors have done an excellent job of dealing with the issues for not only teacher-librarians, but for all school professionals. This book is required reading for an update on a very important issue."


Teacher Librarian

"[A]n extremely useful and timely guide to the privacy issues and concerns encountered in libraries….[t]he book's greatest contributions are raising the awareness of privacy issues and trends in libraries and providing a handbook for navigating the sticky privacy issues that practicing librarians face every day on the job. Privacy in the 21st Century is an excellent resource, one to keep on hand for consultation and frequent referral."


InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies

"This book examines privacy protections under state and federal law, as well as threats to privacy from various federal surveillance programs, and privacy issues relating to Internet use. Separate chapters address the different library settings, and the appendices include sample privacy audits and privacy policies."


The Journal of Academic Librarianship

"For those who need a single-volume compendium of ALA positions and documents regarding privacy/confidentiality, emerging technologies, and their impact on privacy/confidentiality concerns and issues now and in the future, this work meets that need."


Library Journal

"[V]aluable to any library currently reviewing its policies relating to privacy and confidentiality."


College & Research Libraries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582090
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

HELEN R. ADAMS is a retired School Library Media Specialist.

ROBERT F. BOCHER is a State Public Library Consultant in Wisconsin.

CAROL A. GORDON is Head of Pickering Educational Resources Library and Associate Professor of Education, Boston University.

ELIZABETH BARRY-KESSLER is an Attorney specializing in privacy and First Amendment issues.

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Table of Contents

1 An overview of privacy in the United States 1
2 Privacy and emerging technologies 21
3 Privacy and libraries in a changing world 47
4 Privacy issues for public libraries 75
5 Privacy issues in K-12 school library media centers 101
6 Privacy issues for academic libraries 137
7 Privacy resources for educators and librarians 161
8 The future of privacy in libraries 181
App. I Core documents relating to privacy in libraries 189
App. II Privacy audit documents 205
App. III Privacy and confidentiality policies 219
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