Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group


The LITA Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group will promote the design and implementation of library software and hardware that protects the privacy of library users and maximizes user ability to make informed decisions about the use of personally identifiable information by the library and its vendors.
Under this remit, activities of the Interest Group would include, but are not necessarily limited to:
  1. Publishing recommendations on data security practices for library software.
  2. Publishing tutorials on tools for libraries to use to check that library software is handling patron information responsibly.
  3. Organizing efforts to test commercially available software that handle patron information.
  4. Providing a conduit for responsible disclosure of defects in software that could lead to exposure of library patron information.
  5. Providing sample publicity materials for libraries to use with their patrons in explaining the library’s privacy practices.


Mark A. Beatty (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020)
Jenny Levine (Staff Liaison, August 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020)

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Interest groups are completely self-initiated and not appointed by LITA officers.  Membership consists of any number of participants and is open to LITA members.  The leadership of each group is selected by the group.

Conference Activities

Midwinter 2015

Presentations during the meeting will include:
The Library Freedom Project
Alison Macrina will discuss the genesis of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative she founded to bring privacy education and tools into libraries, as well as her experience working with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Tor Project, to conduct workshops to educate librarians about digital surveillance.
Issues in Library Privacy
Gary Price, cofounder and editor of INFOdocket, will provide an overview of recent issues in library and patron privacy. After the meeting, he will be available to conduct a demonstration of using wireless and Ethernet packet-sniffing tools to show what can be revealed if a library network is not secured.
The business part of the meeting will focus on brainstorming ways for the IG to actively take part in improving patron privacy via  educational activities, development of standards, active testing of library software, and other approaches.


Patron Privacy Technologies Interest Group was established in 2014.  To contribute information about the history of this interest group, contact LITA's Web Coordinating Committee at

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Interest groups are open to all LITA members.  Conference attendance is not required.  To join a group, contact the chair, attend meetings, and get involved with their activities and discussions.  See contact information in the above roster by logging into the site and clicking your browser refresh button.  If you need help, contact the LITA office at