Practical Privacy Practices

NOTE: This past webinar has now been archived. The recording can be viewed on youtube or below for free.

This webinar will highlight some actions that libraries can take to protect patron privacy in three important areas: 

  • How to configure and manage the integrated library system 
  • How to install free HTTPS certificates on your websites using Let's Encrypt 
  • How to provide anonymous web browsing using TOR and other tools

Join us for this fast-paced presentation to get practical ideas on how to improve privacy at your library.

This archived webinar was originally presented April 13, 2017.


Choose Privacy Week (May 1 - 7, 2017)

Who Should Attend

  • Librarians: public, K-12 school, academic
  • Teachers and allied adults
  • Administration: directors, systems, superintendents, principals
  • Library boards and school boards
  • Organizations concerned with privacy


Michael RobinsonMichael Robinson is Chair of the ALA's Intellectual Freedom Privacy Subcommittee and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has worked with technology in academic, public, and special libraries and is keenly interested how libraries use technology to provide access to information and services to users.


Marshall BreedingMarshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report published by American Libraries since 2014. Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science. Read his Guideposts blog on Library Technology Guides at:

Alison MacrinaAlison Macrina is a librarian, internet activist, the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations.





How to Register

Tech Requirements

You’ll need a stable internet connection and working headphones/speakers.


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