New Checklists Provide Practical Steps to Protect Patron Privacy

From the American Library Association

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) approved seven new “privacy checklists” at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia to help libraries of all types and capacities take practical steps to protect patron privacy. The checklists complement the Library Privacy Guidelines approved by the IFC in 2016. The checklists include:

The guidelines are now available online on the ALA website. The IFC Privacy Subcommittee encourages anyone with comments or questions to email its ALA staff liaison, Deborah Caldwell-Stone in the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at

Brian Greene, Library Development Manager for the Wyoming State Library, serves as the Intellectual Freedom Advisor for the Wyoming Library Association. He may be reached at or (307) 777-6339.

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