What is GDPR and Why Does It Matter to Libraries?

Date(s) - 06/28/2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



You may be wondering why you are receiving tons of privacy policy updates in your email inboxes or getting privacy alert pop-ups when logging in to various online services. The European Union (EU), in 2016, approved a new data privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which applies to all organizations that collect the personal data of EU citizens. The GDPR took effect on May 25, 2018, and it is considered one of the most significant changes to European data privacy in well over 20 years. In this webinar:

– Learn what the GDPR protects and why US citizens need to be in compliance,

– Understand the librarian’s role in enforcing GDPR,

– Determine if your library website needs to be GDPR compliant and what changes need to be made,

– Become aware of the consequences of not complying with this new privacy law, and

– Discuss the future of globalized personal data and how it impacts libraries

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Presenter: Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.


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