OIF’s Barbara Jones discusses Choose Privacy Week

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/24/2012

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CHICAGO — Barbara Jones, executive director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), highlights the importance of privacy rights in today’s digital age with a new video podcast in honor of Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7, 2012.

Now in its third year, Choose Privacy Week is a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate members of the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights. The campaign gives libraries tools to educate and engage users, and also gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

In the podcast, Jones discusses how new technologies have made it possible for organizations and government agencies to monitor our everyday activities through surveillance, as well as the choices we can make to protect our privacy. The podcast can be found by visiting the Choose Privacy Week Web press kit.

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom established Choose Privacy Week in 2010 to help libraries work with their communities in navigating these complicated but vital issues. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a right that librarians defend every day. The theme for Choose Privacy Week 2012 is "Freedom from Surveillance." 

To learn more about Choose Privacy Week and the resources available to help libraries engage their users in a conversation on privacy, please visit www.privacyrevolution.org, or contact Jennifer Petersen, ALA PR coordinator at (312) 280-5043, jpetersen@ala.org.