Library Freedom Project Presents: A Privacy Workshop for Librarians

Speaker Alison Macrina and Kade Crockford
Alison Macrina is the Supervisor of Technology and Information Management at the Watertown Free Public Library, just outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the WFPL, she teaches privacy-focused computer classes to patrons at both the basic and intermediate level and has installed a number of privacy tools on her public PCs. ...

Alison Macrina is the Supervisor of Technology and Information Management at the Watertown Free Public Library, just outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the WFPL, she teaches privacy-focused computer classes to patrons at both the basic and intermediate level and has installed a number of privacy tools on her public PCs. When not at the WFPL, she can be found advocating for patron privacy rights in Massachusetts libraries and beyond. 

Kade Crockford is the Director of the Technology for Liberty Project at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Kade runs privacysos.org, a website devoted to shining sunlight on surveillance and highlighting actions people can take to protect their privacy.

Full Description

Join us for this workshop that focuses on issues of privacy and surveillance as they relate to libraries. The following topics will be covered, with time for Q&A:

  • An introduction to current issues of surveillance and privacy, focusing on government and corporate surveillance. Instructor Kade Crockford will address how privacy rights fit into the greater mission of libraries as democratic institutions committed to intellectual freedom, and how surveillance threatens the core values of librarianship defined by the ALA Library Bill of Rights.

  • A privacy rights primer for librarians covering federal, state, and local laws, and including tips on what to do in real-life library situations where privacy rights are threatened (eg. receipt of a National Security Letter, police demanding search or seizure of library computers, etc). 

  • A discussion and demonstration of practical tools for online privacy that can be implemented in library PC environments or taught to patrons in classes/one-on-one tech sessions.


This workshop is presented by The Library Freedom Project, a partnership that teaches librarians about privacy rights, law, and tech tools to protect patrons from dragnet surveillance. Learn more about the project and their recent Knight News Challenge proposal here.


Who should attend:
Staff of any type of library, but particularly public and academic. 

By the end of this program, participants will have a better understanding of the current threats to privacy (which include government and corporate surveillance programs), the legal rights and responsibilities of library staff regarding patron privacy, and some of the privacy-protecting tools available that can be used in public PC environments.


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When?

Mon, Dec. 1, 2014
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003