What Every Librarian Should Know About Electronic Privacy [NOOK Book]

Overview

Library computer users are often novices and may not be aware that even seemingly innocuous information supplied to Web sites can be mined by government agencies, unscrupulous businesses, and criminals. Even the donated computers that libraries accept and pass on to otherwcan reveal confidential information like social security numbers. The recent discovery that online service providers have been supplying vast quantities of data to government agencies without the public's knowledge dramatically brought this ...

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Overview

Library computer users are often novices and may not be aware that even seemingly innocuous information supplied to Web sites can be mined by government agencies, unscrupulous businesses, and criminals. Even the donated computers that libraries accept and pass on to otherwcan reveal confidential information like social security numbers. The recent discovery that online service providers have been supplying vast quantities of data to government agencies without the public's knowledge dramatically brought this threat to light. This book will help you, as a librarian, understand the threats and pitfalls of electronic privacy and develop a solid plan to protect the privacy of your patrons.

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"Jeannette Woodward has written several books on diverse aspects of librarianship and technology, so it is no surprise that What Every Librarian Should Know about Electronic Privacy is effectively written. . . . This is an interesting and readable book that many librarians could benefit from reading - both as professionals and as private internet users."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313097195
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 419 KB

Meet the Author

JEANNETTE WOODWARD, a former Library Director of the Fremont County Library System in Lander, Wyoming, and academic librarian, is Principal and Consultant for Wind River Nonprofit & Library Consulting. She is author of several professional books, including, Nonprofit Essentials: Managing Technology (2006).

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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Portrait of a Library Computer User     1
Protecting Library Users from Identity Theft     15
Privacy Threats from the Business World     35
Protecting Children and Teenagers     53
Government Surveillance, Data Mining, and Just Plain Carelessness     73
RFID Systems in Libraries     93
The Challenge of Library Records: What to Keep and How Long to Keep It     119
The Patriot Act Quandary: Obeying the Law and Protecting Library Users     135
Protecting Electronic Privacy: A Step-by-Step Plan     155
Education and Advocacy     179
Glossary     211
Index     217
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