In the office today. I read a report from the Aspen Institute, The Role of Libraries in Advancing Community Goals. It reports on a survey done of local government about the library’s role in the community. It’s an interesting report and one that I want to go back to and look at in more depth. One line caught my attention, though, on the different views held by the public and local government.
And there is significant divergence on whether libraries should definitely provide training on how people can protect their online privacy and security. Three-quarters of Americans say this, but less than half of government officials do.
I find that interesting.
Library Freedom Project
The Library Freedom Project is one attempt to address the concerns people have raised.
By teaching librarians about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and digital tools to stop surveillance, we hope to create a privacy-centric paradigm shift in libraries and the communities they serve.
They completed a project to add a Tor Exit relay at the Lebanon Public Library. They also provide a long list of resources, a privacy toolkit, and other materials.That’s important because librarians and other library workers don’t necessarily have any expertise in this area.
That’s important because librarians and other library workers don’t necessarily have any expertise in this area. Libraries have work to do in order to preserve freedoms for their users.