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Library privacy in practice: system change and challenges

Gangadharan, Seeta Peña ORCID: 0000-0002-1955-3874 (2016) Library privacy in practice: system change and challenges. I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 13 (1). pp. 175-198. ISSN 2372-2969

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Libraries have an historical commitment to defending patrons’ right to privacy as a means of safeguarding access to knowledge, free expression, and intellectual freedom. Much has been written, in popular and scholarly form, about the professional ethic of privacy in the library field. A considerable amount of this history traces the ethic’s origins to the American Library Association and the group’s establishment of a professional code that explicitly defends patron privacy. This code provides guiding norms and values for the librarian and library institution to protect the flow of patron data; for example, protecting book-borrowing history that might reveal personal and political preferences, guard against government surveillance, and support intellectual freedom.

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Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:47

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