This week the Library is focusing on privacy rights as a part of a national effort to Choose Privacy sponsored by the American Library Association.
Our world is more connected than ever through the use of social media, and because of this use, Americans by and large have become comfortable sharing enormous amounts of personal information. This information can be accessed by anyone at any time, and this is where the problem lies. In an age when the government already has questionably wide access to our information, we are giving free access to even more of it.
While the Library hopes you’ll think twice about the information you give out, we want you to know that we never share information about our patrons. The ALA puts it this way:
“Libraries recognize that privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association—all strongly held American values—and protecting user privacy has long been an integral part of libraries’ work and mission.”
In the Library this week there is a poster featuring the many steps we take to ensure our patrons have the privacy they deserve when they use the Library. The Library will also be hosting a Choose Privacy Film Screening on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 pm in the Library where we will be showing a short documentary about what you can do Choose Privacy for yourself.