The Why and How of HTTPS for Libraries

Monday, 3/14/2016
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

As more of our library browsing occurs over the Internet, the only way to continue to preserve patron privacy is to make sure that the library catalog and database traffic that travels between a web browser and a server remains encrypted. This one hour webinar will discuss how encrypted websites work, and demonstrate exciting tools from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that make it easy to encrypt library websites by default.

HTTPS Everywhere logo with multi-directional arrows and padlockAdditional preliminary course materials:


1. Understand what HTTPS accomplishes
2. Learn the common obstacles to HTTPS deployment
3. Be able to make a strong case for HTTPS at your own library

Who Should Attend

Librarians and Library IT staff


Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jacob Hoffman-Andrews

Jacob works on Electronic Frontier Foundation's Encrypt the Web initiative, trying to bring secure, private communication to every web site and every person who uses that site. His main project at the moment is Let's Encrypt, the free and automated certificate authority that will dramatically lower the barrier to entry for organizations that want to deploy HTTPS to make their web sites more secure. Jacob also works on EFF's HTTPS Everywhere browser extension, which helps people visit the secure versions of web sites whenever available. Previously, he worked at Twitter on deploying HTTPS by default across their entire site, and before that he worked on maps, transit, and web page speed at Google. Jacob has written a blog post on the topic of libraries and HTTPS (, as well as many others on the broader topic of HTTPS. He has also presented on the topic at the Digital Rights in Libraries conference.



  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

Adobe Connect login info will be sent to registrants the just prior to the start date.

How to Register

Register Online  page arranged by session date (login required)


Mail or fax form to ALA Registration

OR call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5

OR email

Tech Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures will require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a wired, high-speed internet connection, and a headset or speakers.  It is recommended that attendees use headsets connected to their computers (VOIP) during an Adobe Connect session. All attendees are muted and should use the built in chat function to communicate with presenters.  The use of computer speakers with a mic is not recommended, as it may cause echo. The recommended browser is Mozilla Foxfire although other browsers should work adequately for attending.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,