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An Infopeople Online Learning Course

March 17th, 2020 12:00 PM
April 13th, 2020 4:30 PM

Special note: This course is a special offering sponsored by the California State Library as part of the California Library Metrics grant. This course was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Registration is now open for this course. There is no cost to registrants – but space is limited to the first 75. This course is only open to individuals working in a California library.

Julia WiswellMegan ShanholtzCourse InstructorsMegan Shanholtz and Julia Wiswell

  • Is data privacy important to you?
  • Would you like to become a better data privacy advocate for your library and patrons?

During this four-week online course, you will become familiar with data collection practices, threat modeling, privacy resources, California-specific privacy legislation, and privacy audits.

You will learn how to:

  • Differentiate between privacy and security
  • Effectively develop a threat model
  • Take the steps necessary to protect yourself and/or your patrons based on unique threat models
  • Demonstrate how privacy issues impact libraries and library patrons
  • Identify a population in your community who would benefit from privacy outreach
  • Use and teach privacy basics in a library and/or community setting
  • Develop a plan for privacy outreach and/or programming in their library
  • Understand and explain California privacy laws and upcoming legislation

Course Description: This four-week online course will provide learners with the opportunity to learn about data privacy and its practical implications from a public library perspective. Through assignments, discussions, and an online meeting, you will learn to use practical tools such as threat models. The instructors will provide resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately. You will apply the concepts learned to your own library and community.


Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:

  • Week 1: Privacy Basics
    • What data is collected in libraries?
    • What data is collected through regular use of technology?
    • What is a threat model?
    • What tools can assist with mitigating threats?
  • Week 2: Privacy in Libraries
    • Identify a population in your community who would benefit from privacy outreach
    • Privacy issues that impact libraries specifically
      • Vendor contracts
      • Security (cameras, software, etc.)
      • Patron data collected
    • How to conduct a privacy audit
  • Week 3: Privacy Outreach and Education
    • Teaching privacy basics in a library and/or community setting
    • Developing a plan for privacy outreach and/or programming
    • How to educate with inequalities in mind
    • How to respond to anti-privacy
  • Week 4: California Laws
    • California privacy laws
    • Upcoming privacy legislation

    Time Required: : To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 ½ hours per week, for a total of ten course hours. Each week's module contains readings and various options for assignments and discussions. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

    Who Should Take This Course: Librarians, library managers, and library administrators who are interested in becoming better privacy advocates for their patrons, libraries, and communities

    Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

    After the official end date for the course, the instructor will be available for limited consultation and support for two more weeks, and the course material will stay up for an additional two weeks after that. These extra weeks give those who have fallen behind time to work independently to complete the course.

    Keywords: privacy and confidentiality

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