Mark your calendars for the next Infopeople webcast! Thursday, Nov 4 from 12 to 1pm, Mary Minow and Karen Coyle will be talking about Library Privacy Audits and Search Warrants: Preparing for Inquiries into User Records.
The renewed awareness of privacy issues sparked by the Patriot Act creates an opportunity to take stock of library policies and procedures. Since library records are now almost exclusively in machine-readable form, librarians have become the caretakers of a significant data bank of personal information relating to library users. How effectively is your library protecting privacy? Are your policies and procedures up-to-date with current technology? Does your staff know how to respond to a search warrant? when must records be turned over? What records do you keep? The best way to find out how well you are protecting patron privacy is to perform a privacy audit. This presentation will give you an outline of legal and technical issues that an audit must take into account.
Infopeople's funding limits attendance at live webcasts to anyone in the California library community. If you are outside California, please do not register for the live event. However, you are welcome to see the archived version the day following the webcast.