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An Infopeople Webinar

November 4th, 2004 12:00 PM
1:00 PM

Presenters: Mary Minow and Karen Colye  Photo of Karen CoylePhoto of Mary Minow

The renewed awareness of privacy issues sparked by the Patriot Act creates an opportunity to take stock of library policies and procedures. Since library records are now almost exclusively in machine-readable form, librarians have become the caretakers of a significant data bank of personal information relating to library users. How effectively is your library protecting privacy? Are your policies and procedures up-to-date with current technology? Does your staff know how to respond to a search warrant? when must records be turned over? What records do you keep? The best way to find out how well you are protecting patron privacy is to perform a privacy audit. This presentation will give you an outline of legal and technical issues that an audit must take into account.

This webcast would benefit library administrators, those responsible for library systems and library systems staff.

Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required.

  • Speaker's slides: ppt [6.48mb] - pdf [1.64mb]
  • Handouts:
    • California Statutes: doc [12kb] - pdf [16kb]
    • Karen Coyle's Infopeople Page: Library and Privacy - html (
    • Sample of Search Warrant Procedures for Libraries - html (
    • Could you be sued for turning over an Internet user's sign-up information to law enforcement? A cautionary tale for libraries and other Internet service providers - html (
    • USA PATRIOT Act Search Warrant - html (

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