Securing Patron Privacy

Wednesday, 11/8/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on November 8th, 2017. A recording will be available for free six months from that date.

Article III of the ALA Code of Ethics reads "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." But do we, when those materials are online? Can we? How?

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, attendees will:

  • understand where e-resource providers and infrastructure may compromise patron privacy;
  • understand how common web infrastructures and practices may compromise patron privacy;
  • be prepared to implement privacy-protecting technology in library computers; and
  • be prepared to advocate for patron privacy with library administrators and e-resource providers.

Who Should Attend

E-resource managers, library administrators, and library web managers.


Dorothea Salo is a Faculty Associate in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she teaches about scholarly communication and publishing, metadata, and library/archives technology. She has written and presented internationally on patron privacy, copyright, institutional repositories, linked data, and data curation. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies and another in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



A recording of the webinar will be available at no charge six months from the date of the presentation.

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

How to Register

Contact us to register:

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Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Program Officer, Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or