American Library Association issues a new set of privacy guidelines

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee has approved four new library privacy guidelines that outline strategies and best practices for protecting patron privacy in the digital environment. The guidelines address online privacy and data security and are intended to assist librarians, libraries, schools and vendors in developing policies and procedures that safeguard library users’ data.  The guidelines include:

  • Library Privacy Guidelines for Public Access Computers and Networks
  • Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Websites, OPACs, and Discovery Services
  • Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Management Systems
  • Library Privacy Guidelines for Data Exchange Between Networked Devices and Services