A Letter from Tom Nielsen, METRO's Member Services Manager

140128_2537_barnett.jpgOrganizing data, helping library patrons, cataloging ebooks: these are only a few of the tasks librarians are busy with these days. So when do you get a moment to ponder the larger issues of librarianship, consider our relationship with privacy.

These days, personal privacy is at risk.  Thankfully, ALA is literally on the case, writing amicus briefs in two Supreme Court cases involving police searching the cell phones of those they arrested without a warrant (David Leon Riley v. State of Californiaand United States v. Brima Wurie, mentioned in LJ).

Closer to home, METRO has partnered with the Open Technology Institute to highlight privacy concerns around online data. Read more about it on our website: Privacy and Data Literacy for Librarians

The bottom line is that patrons want to trust that someone shares their concerns about privacy and librarians can step up to and meet that challenge. I hope you'll take a moment to read more about these and other privacy issues during "Choose Privacy Week", May 1-7, 2014.

Happy Pondering,

Tom Nielsen
Member Services Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council