SILS 80th Anniversary Event - "Should Librarians Care About Privacy Anymore?" A Webinar

February 3, 2012 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
08 Peabody Hall, UNC Chapel Hill

Mark your calendar for a special School of Information and Library Science (SILS) 80th Anniversary presentation, titled, "Should Librarians Care About Privacy Anymore?" 

The event will feature Barbara M. Jones, director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, and a panel discussion, which will include panelists:

  • Anne Klinefelter, associate professor of Law and director of the UNC at Chapel Hill Law Library
  • Christopher (Cal) Lee, SILS associate professor
  • Zeynep Tufekci, SILS associate professor

SILS Dean, Gary Marchionini, will moderate the panel discussion.


Those participating via the Internet may submit questions or comments via e-mail to:

Although the online webinar is free and open to the public, registration is required for both the local onsite meeting at Peabody Hall and the online webinar. If you will attend either in person or online, please contact Wake Harper at or call him at 919.962.8366 to register.

For those who will participate via the Internet, please register with Wake and click on the link below to join the conference:

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Note: you may log in up to a half hour earlier than the meeting begins. After logging in, click on <Streaming rate>, and choose Quicktime from the drop down menu.  (Not the default, which is Windows Media Player.)

For those who can't attend the live event on Friday, the session is being videotaped and will be available at a later date. Watch for the link on the SILS Web site when it's available.

Abstract on “Should Libraries Care About Privacy Any More?”

Libraries must and should care about privacy. We have a long legal tradition of creating and defending library confidentiality statutes in every state in the U.S. We serve as a model for the rest of the world in how we treat our user requests with such considerations for their privacy. We need to remain as a model as new technology in libraries threatens to compromise that legislation we fought so hard for. Libraries can only provide the best service if user privacy is ensured.

Libraries can continue to play a leadership role in this field, as we have with the unforeseen consequences of the USA PATRIOT Act.  ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has done some groundbreaking work in libraries with their grant from the Open Society Foundations. During her presentation, Jones will review some of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom activities past, present, and future.  

Barbara JonesAbout Barbara M. Jones

Barbara M. Jones is the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation at the American Library Association in Chicago.

She has spent her entire library career specializing in intellectual freedom.  Her office received funding for five years’ work on privacy issues in libraries from the Open Society Foundations, from 2008-2013. 

Jones was an academic and research librarian in several colleges and universities.  Before the ALA position she was the University Librarian at Wesleyan in Connecticut.  Before that, she was head of Special Collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Her work in intellectual freedom was at the state, national and international levels.  She received the Robert Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the University of Illinois in 2008. 

Internationally, she serves on the FAIFE Committee (Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) Committee of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations).  She has conducted workshops on intellectual freedom in South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Croatia, Serbia and Armenia.  They will be working on a new curriculum specifically on privacy.   

Jones received her B.A. and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; her M.A. in History and Archival Studies from New York University; her M.L.S. in Library Service from Columbia University; her Ph.D. in History, specializing in U.S. legal history, from the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities. 

She has published several articles and books, the most recent being Defending Intellectual Freedom in Your Academic Library:  Scenes from the Front Lines.

Sponsored by the UNC School of Information and Library Science in honor of the 80th Anniversary of the School’s founding, UNC School of Law and the American Library Association


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