Privacy is not dead: Students care deeply about their privacy and the rights it safeguards. They need a way to articulate their concerns and guidance on how to act within the complexity of our current information ecosystem and culture of surveillance capitalism.
Practicing Privacy Literacy in Academic Libraries: Theories, Methods, and Cases can help you teach privacy literacy, evolve the privacy practices at your institution, and re-center the individuals behind the data and the ethics behind library work. Divided into four sections:
What is Privacy Literacy?
Educating about Privacy
Advocating for Privacy
Chapters cover topics including privacy literacy frameworks; digital wellness; embedding a privacy review into digital library workflows; using privacy literacy to challenge price discrimination; privacy pedagogy; and promoting privacy literacy and positive digital citizenship through credit-bearing courses, co-curricular partnerships, and faculty development and continuing education initiatives. Practicing Privacy Literacy in Academic Libraries provides theory-informed, practical ways to incorporate privacy literacy into library instruction and other areas of academic library practice.
About the Author
Sarah Hartman-Caverly, MS(LIS), MSIS, is a reference and instruction librarian at Penn State Berks, where she liaises with Engineering, Business and Computing division programs. Sarah delivered her first privacy literacy workshop, “Is Big Data Big Brother?,” in 2014. She co-facilitated a faculty learning community examining learning analytics through a privacy lens in 2017 and a professional community of practice workshop on privacy in 2021. Sarah’s research examines the compatibility of human and machine autonomy from the perspective of intellectual freedom, and she publishes and presents on privacy literacy and other topics as part of this work. She earned her MS(LIS) and MS in information systems from Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics (then iSchool) and holds a BA in anthropology from Haverford College. Outside of the library, Sarah is an edible gardener, chicken herder, and homemaker. Together, Sarah and Alex Chisholm created the Penn State Berks Privacy Workshop Series, collaborate on privacy literacy research and professional development, and maintain the Digital Shred Privacy Literacy Toolkit.
Alexandria Chisholm is an associate librarian at Penn State University Libraries and liaison to the Berks campus’ first-year experience program and science division. She has over ten years of reference and instruction experience at both private and public baccalaureate- and doctoral-degree granting institutions. Chisholm’s research focuses on privacy literacy, with special attention on digital wellness and algorithmic transparency as well as information literacy and student engagement. Together, Alex and Sarah Hartman-Caverly created the Penn State Berks Privacy Workshop Series, collaborate on privacy literacy research and professional development, and maintain the Digital Shred Privacy Literacy Toolkit.