Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians eCourse

Online Privacy & Security: Best Practices for Librarians eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

ALA Member: 
$ 225.00
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From:  March 12, 2018
To:  April 15, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
5 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
30 Hours
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If you read today’s headlines about online security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is still a lot that you can do to make sure your data is as secure as possible.

In this 5-week eCourse, you will learn the best technologies that can help protect your security and privacy and how to use them. You’ll discuss some implications of the lack of security and privacy in today’s world by reading and commenting on relevant articles in the class forums. You’ll also be guided through the process of creating your own security and privacy plan. By the end of the eCourse, you’ll have enough information to help your library users understand and implement these best practices.

With the knowledge from this course, you will:

  • know how to use several technologies that protect your privacy and security.
  • create a security and privacy action plan for your own data.
  • have enough information to offer a workshop on this topic for your library users.
  • receive a bibliography of information for learning more about these topics.

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on Monday, March 12, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Nicole Hennig will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 5-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Each week includes videos, links to instructions, and related readings with a discussion forum.

Week 1 -  Protecting Your Data

  • The importance of regular backups (cloud and local)
  • What to do if your phone is lost or stolen
  • Protecting yourself from “ransomware” and other bad things
  • Protecting your data on public wi-fi with a VPN
  • Using mobile payment systems (Apple Pay or Android Pay)

Week 2 - Authentication

  • Using a password manager
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Biometrics: Touch ID and Face ID

Week 3 - Breaches and Identity Theft

  • Data breaches - when your private information is hacked
  • Identity theft

Week 4 - Privacy: Using your data in ways you agree to

  • Targeted advertising
  • Private web browsing
  • Anonymous web browsing with TOR
  • Encrypted messaging and phone calls
  • Encrypted email

Week 5 -  Future issues and making your security plan

  • Protecting yourself from laptop camera hacking
  • Protecting your privacy on voice computing platforms like Alexa and Google Home
  • Future concerns: Internet of Things security
  • Creating your security and privacy plan
  • Helping library users with security and privacy
  • Learning more

Nicole Hennig

Nicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries, she won awards for innovation and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. To stay current with the best technologies for education and productivity, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, on

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