A Practical Guide to Privacy in Libraries

Facet. Jan. 2020. 222p. ISBN 9781783304691. $157.08; pap. ISBN 9781783304684. $78.22. PRO MEDIA
Privacy has always been a concern of library professionals, particularly protecting users’ privacy; the increasing complexity of the digital realm has made keeping up with these issues especially challenging. Pedley (Digital Copyright and Copyright Compliance) provides an overview of the topic, covering both the analog and the digital arenas. He discusses navigating legal regulations, writing policy statements, conducting audits, and developing data protection impact statements. He also provides many resources for further reading and learning. Examples and case studies from a variety of library types help illustrate particular points, and the author also offers practical steps that libraries can take to protect user privacy. Although the book is written from a UK perspective, there are also examples and legal cases provided from the United States.
VERDICT Pedley addresses salient points related to privacy in libraries and directs readers to helpful sources for more in-depth information. A strong text, especially for librarians whose institutions are considering creating a privacy policy statement or other formal documentation regarding policy.
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