Exciting Speakers Featured in NISO’s Upcoming Virtual Conference!

Information Freedom, Ethics and Integrity

Wednesday, April 18, 11:00am - 5:00pm (Eastern Daylight)

This is a six-hour event addressing some of the very sensitive issues associated with patron privacy, appropriate use of data, information security in library IT, and the challenges associated in designing digital environments that accommodate those concerns.


NISO’s registration fee allows your organization to gather an unlimited number of staff in a conference or classroom setting to view the event on the day of the broadcast. Access to an archived recording of the event is always included in your registration fee, regardless of membership status.


Here’s what just some of our speakers will be addressing:


11:45 - 12:15 p.m.  Data Collection and Privacy in Library and Learning Management Systems

Emily Lynema, Acting Department Head, Information Technology, North Carolina State University Libraries


This talk will provide an overview of the data that might be collected and analyzed from library and learning management systems, including the types of user data that could potentially be considered sensitive or confidential. It will frame the ethical questions around data privacy in the context of the growing movement toward learning analytics for student success in institutions of higher education. The talk will identify several different approaches to data collection and will highlight policy decisions that should be considered when planning a data analytics project.


This talk will emphasize concrete case studies from institutions that have collected and analyzed specific data from library or learning management systems to assist in assessment activities and to demonstrate the value of libraries within their broader community. These case studies demonstrate ways that libraries can work to leverage user data while simultaneously taking proactive steps to protect user privacy.


1:45 - 2:15 p.m.  Information Security and Library IT

Denis Galvin, Director of Library Technology, Fondren Library, Rice University


The library IT department frequently interacts with both Central IT and industry providers regarding security concerns and problems. A range of issues can occur which impact access to systems and resources. The library must protect itself from security threats, and also has to maintain some level of protection for content providers while providing access to members of the community. Security and authentication are issues which need to be dealt with through the institution, the library IT department and industry providers. In this complex environment what are things we can do today to protect both libraries and content providers? What should we be doing today to better prepare for tomorrow?


2:15 - 2:45 p.m. The Right to be Forgotten and Digital Collections: Surveying Practice and Policy at ARL Member Institutions

 Virginia Dressler, Digital Projects Librarian, Assistant Professor, Kent State University and Cynthia Kristof, Head, Copyright and Document Services, Associate Professor, Kent State University.


In the spring of 2017, digital librarians at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions were surveyed on practices and policies surrounding takedown requests in openly accessible digital collections. The survey collected demographic information and also presented a series of hypothetical scenarios for respondents to consider and reflect upon. The survey received a 25.8% response rate, with many intriguing insights into how practitioners consider these type of requests. Survey findings and general background on the topic of the right to be forgotten will be presented, along with a discussion on future recommendations for work in this area.


3:30 - 4:00  p.m. Experiments in Digital Privacy Education

Clifford Anderson, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Vanderbilt University


How can librarians effectively teach patrons about digital privacy? How does instruction about digital privacy fit within a scholarly communications program? In the fall 2017, the Vanderbilt University Library experimented with a three-part series on digital privacy, covering the concepts of encrypting communications, browsing the web anonymously, and keeping operating systems secure. In his session, we will reflect on the success of the program, its limitations, and how we plan to refine our privacy outreach to students in the future.


4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Designing for Privacy

Skott Klebe, Platform Security Architect, EBSCO


Abstract (Speaker Supplied): Developing rich and capable applications that respect user privacy requires special attention. We'll discuss technical privacy challenges in general and investigate one case in detail. Overall, the key to respecting privacy is prioritizing it as a requirement.


Other speakers featured in this NISO program include:

·       Bill Marden, Director of Data Privacy and Compliance, New York Public Library

·       Peter Murray, Open Source Community Advocate, Index Data

·       Safiya Noble, Associate Professor, USC and Author of Algorithms of Oppression.


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