New eCourse—Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians

For Immediate Release
Fri, 01/12/2018


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians. Nicole Hennig will serve as the instructor for a 5-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, March 12, 2018.

If you read today’s headlines about online security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is still a lot that you can do to make sure your data is as secure as possible.

In this 5-week eCourse, you will learn the best technologies that can help protect your security and privacy and how to use them. You’ll discuss some implications of the lack of security and privacy in today’s world by reading and commenting on relevant articles in the class forums. You’ll also be guided through the process of creating your own security and privacy plan. By the end of the eCourse, you’ll have enough information to help your library users understand and implement these best practices.

eCourse outline

Each week includes videos, links to instructions, and related readings with a discussion forum.

Week 1 -  Protecting Your Data

  • The importance of regular backups (cloud and local)
  • What to do if your phone is lost or stolen
  • Protecting yourself from “ransomware” and other bad things
  • Protecting your data on public wi-fi with a VPN
  • Using mobile payment systems (Apple Pay or Android Pay)

Week 2 - Authentication

  • Using a password manager
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Biometrics: Touch ID and Face ID

Week 3 - Breaches and Identity Theft

  • Data breaches - when your private information is hacked
  • Identity theft

Week 4 - Privacy: Using your data in ways you agree to

  • Targeted advertising
  • Private web browsing
  • Anonymous web browsing with TOR
  • Encrypted messaging and phone calls
  • Encrypted email

Week 5 -  Future issues and making your security plan

  • Protecting yourself from laptop camera hacking
  • Protecting your privacy on voice computing platforms like Alexa and Google Home
  • Future concerns: Internet of Things security
  • Creating your security and privacy plan
  • Helping library users with security and privacy
  • Learning more

About the Instructor

Nicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries, she won awards for innovation and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. To stay current with the best technologies for education and productivity, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, on

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on March 12, 2018, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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