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Privacy and Security for Library Systems
Marshall Breeding
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5972-5
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, May/June 2016 (52:4)

37 pages
8.5" x 11"
Year Published: 2016
Libraries have a long tradition of taking extraordinary measures to ensure the privacy of those who use their facilities and access their materials. And since most libraries offer considerable content and services through the web, the extent to which a patron’s use of these services might be vulnerable to exposure stands out as a topic of critical interest. Having surveyed vendors, large public libraries, and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions, Breeding covers the current state of patron privacy in interacting with the library’s web-based systems. He discusses such important topics as
  • key technologies and techniques for protecting patron privacy, focusing on encryption, the storage of data, the catalog, and discovery systems;
  • the many ways patron data and behavior may be captured in the absence of preventive measures; and
  • data from library implementations, including methodology, observations, and related projects and resources.

About the Author

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides, editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter, and a columnist for Computers in Libraries.  He has also edited or authored several books, including Library Technology Buying Strategies. Formerly the director for innovative technology and research for the Vanderbilt University Library, he regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations internationally at library conferences. This is his thirteenth issue of Library Technology Reports.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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