Patron Privacy in Age of Digital Service #nisoprivacy

On Thursday the first meeting of the NISO committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems took place. This initiative is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  I am honored to be working with this committee on this important issue. If you have any thoughts or concerns please feel free to leave a comment or send an email to me.

The grant will support a series of community discussions on how libraries, publishers and information systems providers can build better privacy protection into their operations and the subsequent formulation of a framework document on the privacy of patron data in these systems.

The first meeting was about 3.5 hours and was archived here. There were several lightening talks followed by discussion of the issues presented. I have embedded the presentations from speakers who had slides below.

Of particular note was a talk by Alison Macrina from the Library Freedom Project: Using and promoting free and open source software as a tool for patron privacy. Alison did not have slides but you should check out here website.

The online meetings are open to attend as a listen-only guest, if you are interested in attending please fill out the RSVP form. Registration for each meeting will close at noon Eastern time the day before the meeting.

  • Patron privacy in vendor systems: Thursday, May 21, 10:00 am-1:00 pm ET
  • Patron privacy in publisher systems: Friday, May 22, 9:00 am-12 noon ET
  • Legal frameworks influencing data sharing and policies: Friday, June 19, 1:00-4:00 pm ET

You can also follow along at the Twitter hashtag #nisoprivacy

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