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On Being a Critical Partner: Valuing Privacy in a Surveillance Society

Ashton Speaker Series, Spring 2020

Tuesday, March 10

Waters Room, Zimmerman Library

12:30 - 1:30 PM: lunch

1:30 - 4:00 PM: workshop

Audience: librarians and library professionals

Registration for the workshop is free, but limited to 25 participants. In the event that the workshop fills, we will maintain a waitlist. Please register only if you are certain you can attend!


Workshop Description

Libraries have the opportunity to model good privacy practices in internal processes and to help our external constituents exert agency in their digital interactions. We seek to build critical analysis skills among our communities, yet we often overlook these digital interactions as opportunities for engagement. People who engage with data information literacy instruction often do so from a research perspective, rather than considering the data production landscape of a person’s life. 

Just as importantly, libraries may not apply a critical eye inward at how internal processes and procedures treat data. Increasingly, libraries must consider pressures to participate in metric-generating activities and the introduction of AI in public spaces. What are effective approaches to handling data in an ethical and privacy-aware manner?    

This workshop will help attendees identify the ways that their library handles data and what some best practices of data handling may be. We’ll also discuss the data privacy landscape and will propose effective strategies for building data awareness into foundational information literacy instruction or outreach events. Lastly, there will be discussion with attendees on how to incorporate these strategies into their existing work. 


picture of Yasmeen ShorishPresenter Biography

Yasmeen Shorish is an Associate Professor and the Data Services Coordinator at James Madison University. She received her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on changes in scholarly communication, data information literacy, and issues related to representation and social justice in librarianship.

She serves on the Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group and is the Past-Chair of the Association for College and Research Libraries' Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (2018-19).

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
12:30pm - 4:00pm
Frank Waters Room 105
Zimmerman Library
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Adrienne Warner

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