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Protecting patron privacy in an increasingly distributed online environment is a complex challenge facing libraries. Still, publicly posted patron privacy policies can empower patrons, allow librarians to share their professional values, and help support sound library operations in the event of information disclosure requests. This issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 56, no. 6), “Library Privacy Policies,” shares results from an analysis of publicly posted privacy policies from one hundred academic and public libraries across the United States. Details on data types, why data is collected, how data is used and protected, and how data may be released are shared. Just as importantly, nuances in how policy text is phrased reveals a richness and emphasizes the adage that “It’s not always what you say, but how you say it.”

Chapter 1—Introduction and Demographics
Chapter 2—Systems and Data Referenced
Chapter 3—Why Data Is Collected and How It Is Used 
Chapter 4—Third-Party Platforms
Chapter 5—Data Security, Integrity, and Retention
Chapter 6—Higher Authorities and the Potential Release of Informatio

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 here.

Jason Vaughan

Jason Vaughan is the director of library technologies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In this capacity, he serves as a senior administrator and provides overall leadership for three units within the UNLV University Libraries: Digital Collections, Library Systems, and Web and Application Development. Vaughan earned his MLS and BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previous positions at UNLV include Head of Library Systems and Information Systems Librarian. He has published extensively on library and library technology topics, including library automation, digitization, planning, and policy. To date Vaughan has served as coauthor and investigator on three funded LSTA grants and has most recently focused on delivering web scale discovery talks at the local, state, and national levels.

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