IT Security and Privacy in Libraries

Tuesday, 5/1/2018
  • 3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM (Pacific)

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In this 90 minute session, learn how to "Stay Safe From Ransomware, Hackers & Snoops".
IT Security starts with some basics like using good passwords, keeping everything updated and following other basic precautions. Understanding the reasons behind these rules is critical. Who are the bad guys? What tools are they using? Why are we all targets? This talk will cover how to stay safe at the library and at home. We'll talk ways to keep your (and your library’s) precious data safe inside the library and out -- securing your network, website, and PCs, and tools you can teach to patrons in computer classes. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools and techniques, making this session ideal for any library staff to works with IT.
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Learning Outcomes

Participants will leave this webinar with tools for increasing their level of computer and online security and privacy, both in the libary and at home.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and other professionals interested in increasing their comfort and knowledge for dealing with security and privacy issues.


Blake Carver
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Blake Carver is Systems Administrator at LYRASIS Digital Technology Services, where he manages the servers and infrastructure that support their hosted ArchivesSpace, Isandora and CollectionSpace. Blake holds an MLS from SUNY Buffalo, and has worked as an academic librarian, as a programmer at a startup, and as a records manager. He's also known as the guy behind LISNews, LISWire, and LISHost. Blake was one of the first librarian bloggers (he created LISNews in 1999) and is a member of Library Journal’s first “Movers & Shakers” cohort. Blake has presented widely at professional conferences, talking about open source systems, Drupal, WordPress, and IT security for libraries. 



  • 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,