The first issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) in 2019 looks at privacy from a legal, digital, and applied perspective, with a focus on the implications and opportunities for research libraries. The release of this issue of RLI coincides with Choose Privacy Week 2019.
The current privacy landscape highlights the need for a nuanced understanding of the complicated nature of privacy today. Research libraries need to collaborate with other privacy-related constituents within institutions and in the public policy and legislative arenas, and act as trusted institutions within a democratic society.
We hope this issue will help readers identify institutional privacy policies and practices to investigate and adopt amid changes in the interfaces between users and information, and within the broader context of the US and international policy landscape.
The table of contents with links to the articles follows:
Mary Lee Kennedy
Reader Privacy: The New Shape of the Threat
Clifford A. Lynch
Legal Landscape of Consumer/User Data Privacy and Current Policy Discussions
Krista L. Cox
Privacy in Public Libraries
Bill Marden and Greg Cram
Research Library Issues no. 297 (2019) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
About the Association of Research Libraries
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