What is ALA Doing?

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The American Library Association:

  • creates and updates policy and procedure resources about privacy and confidentiality.
  • represents libraries in federal policy making and court proceedings.
  • develops tools to help libraries ensure privacy and confidentiality for all users and staff.
  • works with other organizations concerned with free expression and privacy concerns.
  • monitors developments in the privacy arena.
  • assists libraries with legal action.
  • provides guidance and other assistance when library privacy is challenged.
  • advocates for the public’s rights to access information, enjoy free expression, and privacy.
  • provides specific guidance related to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
  • advocates through its divisions - AASL, ALSC and YALSA - for privacy of minors in their position statements, publications, and online presence.
  • sponsors the annual Choose Privacy Week observation during the first week in May.
Revised by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee and approved by the Intellectual Freedom Committee January 2014