A Crash Course in Protecting Library Data While Working From Home

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Libraries across the U.S. rapidly closed their doors to both public and staff in the last two weeks, leaving many staff to work from home. Several library workers might be working from home for the first time in their current positions, while many others were not fully prepared to switch over to remote work in a matter of days, or even hours, before the library closed. In the rush to migrate library workers to remote work and to migrate physical library programs and services to online, data privacy and security sometimes gets lost in the mix. Unfamiliar settings, new routines, and increased reliance on vendor technology all puts library data privacy at risk.

This 60-minute interactive webinar will guide library workers in protecting patron data as they adjust to the new normal of working from home. We will focus on key technological areas that present additional risks to library data security and privacy – including remote access to library systems, physical home office setups, and increased use of third party applications – as well as the procedural areas that put library data at risk, such as communicating with library users and other staff and assessing if certain physical programs and services should be provided online. Library workers will also have the chance to ask questions of their fellow attendees or share how they are addressing library data privacy at their library in the webinar.

Learning Outcomes

Learning objectives for this program include:
  • Identify and understand key risks to library data privacy and security from a rapid shift to working from home
  • Learn and implement strategies and tools in mitigating common privacy and security risks to library data when working from home
  • Assess and plan how to protect library data while working remotely for the long term

Who Should Attend

  •  Library workers working from home for the first time in their current positions or careers
  •  Library technology workers responsible in guiding library workers in securing their home offices while working remotely
  •  Library administrators who are concerned about how library user data privacy and security can be affected by shifting to remote work, and what their staff can do to mitigate additional risks


Becky Yoose

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Becky Yoose is the founder of and Library Data Privacy Consultant for LDH Consulting Services, a consultancy that guides libraries and vendors in protecting patron data without sacrificing operational data needs. For over a decade, Becky has wrangled library data in its various forms in academic and public libraries. Becky received her MA-LIS from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2008, and has been a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals since 2018. You can find her online at yobj.net and @yo_bj on Twitter.  



This webinar is free for all registrants.

Special thanks to our sponsors: 

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ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom logo 

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Tech Requirements

Watching the recording requires software to play an MP4 file.


For questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA.