What is ALA Doing
The American Library Association:
- creates and updates policies and procedures about privacy and confidentiality. See 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. See Bureau of Consumer Protection: Children’s Privacy
- 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.