One of the core values of librarianship is the right to privacy for our patrons. In a recent article on the pop culture blog BoingBoing, some east coast librarians, working with the ACLU as well as other organizations, have created a set of handouts, workshops and informational guides to privacy in libraries.
Digital Privacy Is An Intellectual Freedom Issue
For those who are interested in more information on patron privacy and what this group is doing, check out this blog post. There are some concrete steps you can take (some Firefox extensions, for example) that can help to protect your patrons’ privacy while they use the computers in your library. I’ll be keeping an eye on this group to see what they are doing and if they are going to be anywhere near Kansas in the future!