NEW! Online Privacy at Your Library

In the shadow of the Equifax and Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandals, as well as increased calls in libraries for detailed assessment and closely-targeted services, librarians are recommitting to our professional duty to protect patron privacy. This course provides guiding background in library privacy ethics, examination of how common library practices may endanger patron privacy, and useful tools and event outlines through which librarians can help themselves and their patrons guard their personal privacy.

        Other than general use of online tools and services and mobile devices, no specific technology background is assumed.

At a glance

When: Oct 8 – Nov 18, 2018

Where: Online

Cost: $200 (10% discount if you register by Sept 23)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: #308719

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a registration form

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

Course description


  • Professional ethical commitments to patron privacy and intellectual freedom
  • Privacy and assessment
  • Privacy on library computers and of library resource use
  • Safeguarding privacy online, including on social media
  • How to respond to a patron-privacy incident (such as a data breach)
  • Easy-to-use tools for assessing online privacy
  • Holding privacy-related events


  • Weekly discussion contributions or personal reflections
  • Privacy assessment of one library tool, service, or resource
  • An actionable “professional privacy plan” to take back to your library


Dorothea Salo is a Faculty Associate in the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She teaches “Digital Privacy, Safety, and Security” and “Code and Power” as well as courses on metadata, linked data, database design, and digital libraries. She has written and presented internationally on privacy, scholarly publishing, copyright, institutional repositories, linked data, and data curation. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies and another in Spanish from UW-Madison.