Dear Public Library Affiliates:
As you know, public libraries are essential to information access and the health of our communities. Librarians have historically been at the forefront of protecting patron privacy; however, recent technological innovations and the present political climate have made this commitment increasingly challenging. In fact, very little is known about what public libraries are currently doing to protect patron privacy. Therefore, I am pleased to invite you to participate in our online survey, which we developed to explore the measures public libraries use to ensure patron privacy and to identify the challenges they face on this aspect. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. If you have already taken the survey, please disregard this email. Please do not take the survey more than once.
To take the survey, please click here.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first survey focused on this topic. Your participation and feedback, therefore, is critical to our understanding of the current practices and the challenges that public libraries face in this area, as well as the strategies they may employ to provide patrons protection. This study is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the National Leadership Grant Forum. If you’d like to learn more about this project or its leadership, please click here.
Please feel free to forward this survey invitation to others affiliated with public libraries who you think might be interested.
In addition, our research team is conducting virtual focus groups to understand the steps IT professionals are taking to protect patron privacy in public libraries. If you work with information technology (IT), are affiliated with a public library in the U.S., and are interested in volunteering to participate in a one-hour virtual focus group, please click here.
Thank you for your time,
Masooda Bashir, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences