Hello, if you or any of colleagues will be attending the 2020 Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Annual Conference in St. Louis (April 20–24), check out the below details for a workshop that will take place on April 24 led by Alison Macrina:


From: Wildenhaus, Karly
Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:55 AM
Subject: Plug for ARLIS/NA 2020 workshop: Reimagining Privacy for Art Libraries in the Digital Age with Alison Macrina (Library Freedom Project)


Hi all,


For those of you attending ARLIS/NA 2020 in St. Louis, please consider registering for the ARLIS/NA Advocacy & Public Policy Committee’s workshop on privacy in art libraries on Friday morning (4/24). The APPC is particularly excited to be bringing Alison Macrina (@flexlibris)—librarian, internet activist, and founder of the Library Freedom Project—to St. Louis to lead the workshop.


If you attended the informal “cryptoparties” at the 2017 or 2018 conferences; work with highly-surveilled communities (POC, activists, LGBTQIA+, immigrants); care about protecting and promoting intellectual freedom and information literacy; make decisions what software your library uses; or just want to learn about how to better protect your personal information online, this workshop is for you!


When registering, look for:

Workshops-Friday, April 24, 2020

Reimagining Privacy for Art Libraries in the Digital Age - $ 50.00: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The ARLIS/NA Advocacy & Public Policy Committee presents a workshop that expands upon the Privacy section of our monthly news alerts and enacts ARLIS/NA’s growing commitment to advocacy. Led by a prominent privacy activist with extensive experience leading educational programs for librarians, attendees to the workshop will have the opportunity to discuss what are the threats to privacy in art libraries today, learn about the available technical tools and best practices, and consider how ARLIS/NA members could contribute to broader movements to enact privacy protection at the policy level.


More from the workshop description:

As institutions that support communities for whom intellectual freedom and expression are paramount, art libraries face unique challenges in protecting their patrons’ privacy and confidentiality, both of which are “essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association.” These ethical responsibilities have long been an integral part of the intellectual mission of libraries, but as political uncertainty threatens already vulnerable communities, art library users increasingly engage in their own forms of activism, and pressure grows on librarians to demonstrate value through assessment tools that invade patron privacy, there is an increasing urgency for art librarians to enhance and reimagine their outreach to cover the tools and strategies necessary for patrons to take control of their digital lives. […] Possible topics will respond to current events at the time of the conference and might include: facial recognition, data leaks, use of social media, and the disproportionate impact of surveillance technology on vulnerable populations that use art libraries (such as activists, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people of color).


Link on Sched:


For additional information on the APPC’s monitoring of privacy issues and links to related resources: (scroll down to the “Privacy” heading)

And coverage of news related to privacy in libraries can be found in our monthly News Alerts:


Please reach out if you have any questions about the workshop, and hope to see many of you in St. Louis!





Karly Wildenhaus


Assistant Metadata Librarian for Digital Resources

Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection

10 East 71st Street

New York, NY 10021


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