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Thursday, March 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Harmonizing Practices and Principles: The Preliminary Work of a Privacy Task Force

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Protecting user privacy has long been a stated professional value, but how much do library principles and practices really line up? Do librarians within the same institution agree upon what we are doing--and should be doing--to protect user privacy? Our interactive session will share the work of the recently formed Privacy Task Force at the University of Minnesota Libraries and also facilitate conversation around this complex topic. The Privacy Task Force is charged with inventorying how user data is collected, stored, and protected; engaging staff in conversation about user privacy; and making recommendations about library policies and practices. We will share why this group was formed, what we have learned thus far, what we still hope to do, and what some of our challenges have been along the way. We will share themes that surfaced as we inventoried current practices that we believe attendees will find both relatable and thought-provoking. During our session, participants will have the opportunity to consider and discuss illustrative user data privacy scenarios. Our session will be contextualized with insights and perspectives emanating from the broader national conversation currently happening around this issue. By sharing how one large university library is approaching this issue and engaging participants in real-life scenarios, we hope to avoid easy answers and provide space for reflection and lively discussion.


Mariya Gyendina

Assessment Librarian, University of Minnesota
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Danya Leebaw

Director, Social Sciences Department, University of Minnesota Libraries
Danya Leebaw is the Social Sciences Director at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She spent ten years as a social sciences librarian at Carleton College, and prior to that was a business librarian at Emory University. Danya earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior... Read More →
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Elaine Westbrooks

Director of Information Technology, University of Minnesota
Keynote speaker Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since August 2017.  She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries which... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Weyerhaeurser Boardroom