American Library Association Privacy Policies and Statements
The American Library Association has developed policies, guidelines, and resources to assist librarians in preserving privacy and confidentiality for library users. For the latest privacy resources, see Privacy and Confidentiality.
Library Bill of Rights (1948, amended 1961, 1980, reaffirmed 1996).
Freedom to Read Statement (1953. rev. 1972, 1991, 2000).
Code of Ethics (rev. 1995).
Freedom to View Statement (1990).
Privacy and Confidentiality Policies and Procedures
Developing a Confidentiality Policy [from ALA, Intellectual Freedom Manual, 6th edition, (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, Office for Intellectual Freedom 2002: 347-355.)]
- Questions and Answers on Privacy and Confidentiality (2003, rev. 2007).
Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records (1971. rev. 1975, 1986)
- Suggested Procedures for Implementing Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records (1983. rev. 1988)
Privacy Resources for Librarians, Library Users, and Families (last updated 2002)
See also Privacy and Confidentiality; see also Intellectual Freedom Issues and State Privacy Laws regarding Library Records; see also Privacy Tool Kit (2004, rev. 2005); see also Privacy Audit. See also these resources:
Policies and Statements about the Infringement of Users' Privacy Rights
Resolution on Security and Access to Government Information (June 25, 2003).
Resolution on the Terrorism Information Awareness Program (June 25, 2003).
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Originally prepared by Nancy Kranich; updated by Office for Intellectual Freedom
Chair, American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee
September 11, 2003; revised March 23, 2004; revised April 25, 2005; revised May 10, 2007