Virginia ACRL Spring Program: May 1, 2019, Longwood University

Join your academic library colleagues in this timely program focused on Libraries, Analytics, and Student Privacy.

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Cost: $40 for ACRL Members, $50 for non-ACRL Members 

Hannah Rainey, Lead Librarian for Academic Technology, NC State University 
As the privacy landscape grows and shifts around us, library professionals must re-examine our role as stewards, advocates, and educators. We must grapple with challenging questions, such as: Do our policies and daily practices live up to the standards of our profession? Do the standards of our profession meet the expectations of our users? 
For the last 3 years, Hannah Rainey has engaged with library colleagues and students in conversations and activities that highlight the importance and complexity of privacy and security in higher education and beyond. She will share her experiences with navigating this challenging problem space and discuss ideas for engaging students. 

Laura Gariepy, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Virginia Commonwealth University
Laura will provide an overview of what we currently know -- and don't know --about user perspectives on information privacy in the context of libraries. This is a critical area of understanding for librarians as student data plays an increasingly important role in universities' assessment practices. In addition, she will share preliminary findings from her dissertation research on undergraduate students' attitudes about search data privacy in academic libraries. The findings of her qualitative research will provide some of the first in-depth, exploratory information about student perspectives on this matter, and will begin to help answer the question of the extent to which librarians' long-held values about user privacy are aligned with student expectations.