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Electronic Privacy
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* "Jeannette Woodward outlines the chief threats and explains why it's the library's
responsibility to protect its users. She also provides a step-by-step approach to
formulating a policy and making computers more secure. . . . The idea that it's part
of our mission to save people from the lions, tigers, and bears lurking online is
overwhelming, but this book helps put thejob in the realm of the possible."
—American Libraries April 2008

* "This book addresses many forms of privacy invasion and the parties who are
responsible for them. It includes an index and glossary of terms and acronyms. . . .
No treatment of electronic privacy would be complete without a study of
government privacy intrusions; Woodward provides a critical analysis of the U.S.
government's track record on privacy invasion, noting how the government's
overdependence on technology has led to inefficient and inadequate law
enforcement. . . . Every library should have a copy of this book. It is an excellent
guide to the kinds of privacy intrusion that libraries and those who frequent them
experience and how to avoid them."
—College & Research Libraries May 2008

* "Woodward reminds us that now is not the time to rest on our laurels, and she
provides us with some of the tools and information we need to guard our patrons
from furtive criminals and spying. . . . Woodward's book is well written and gives
clear explanation of complicated topics . . . . What Every Librarian Should Know
about Electronic Privacy is highly recommended for public and academic libraries,
and strongly encouraged for library school curriculums."
—Reference & User Services Quarterly Winter 2008

* "This is an extremely interesting book which is bound to stimulate discussion
within the profession."
—The Electronic Library 8/13/2009

* "Jeannette Woodward has written several books on diverse aspects of
librarianship and technology, so it is no surprise that What Every Librarian Should
Know about Electronic Privacy is effectively written. . . . This is an interesting and
readable book that many librarians could benefit from reading – both as
professionals and as private internet users."
—Library Hi Tech 10/9/2009

"...this is a fluent and engaging work, with a tangible passion for librarianship and a
real sympathy for the needs of patrons. It is thoroughly researched and displays a
clear understanding of issues relating to electronic privacy in relation to libraries...
a highly readable and clearly delivered introduction to a subject which merits the
attention of practitioners in all spheres."
-- Library Review
Library computer users are often
novices and may not be aware that
even seemingly innocuous
information supplied to Web sites
can be mined by government
agencies, unscrupulous
businesses, and criminals. Even the
donated computers that libraries
accept and pass on to otherwcan
reveal confidential information like
social security numbers. The recent
discovery that online service
providers have been supplying vast
quantities of data to government
agencies without the public's
knowledge dramatically brought this
threat to light. This book will help
you, as a librarian, understand the
threats and pitfalls of electronic
privacy and develop a solid plan to
protect the privacy of your patrons.
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