From May 2 through May 8, 2010, libraries across the nation will celebrate Choose Privacy Week for the first time. This American Library Association campaign invites library professionals, users, and friends into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The UWM School of Information Studies and UWM Libraries have joined together to provide a venue for local librarians, information professionals, and patrons to discuss the emerging privacy and ethical challenges for libraries in the new “2.0” era, titled:

Emerging Privacy and Ethical Challenges for Libraries in the 2.0 Era

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Golda Meir Library, West Wing, 4th Floor Conference Center
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Free and open to the public

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What innovative online tools and services are libraries bringing to users, and what are the potential impacts on patron privacy?
  • Are there privacy considerations for providing or controlling access to digital collections?
  • How do current laws & policies protect patron privacy, and are any changes coming?
  • What are the broader ethical responsibilities for librarians and information professions in the libraries of the future?

Featured panelists:

The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

To complement the panel discussion, the UWM Libraries is also holding two days of hands-on workshops to help students learn about their privacy options on Facebook and related social media platforms.

[Facebook event page] [Promotional flier]

UPDATE: Video of the event can be viewed here.

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